- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A new Manhattan park will feature jet engines, “smart soil” and “super-chilled roots.”

Plans for the Hudson Yards Public Square were released Wednesday.

The park is being built over rail yards. Trains generate a lot of heat.

The jet engine fans will power the ventilation system.

The roots of trees and other plants will be cooled with liquids that circulate through tubing.



The “smart soil” system - including sand and gravel sandwiched between concrete slabs - promotes roots that are wide but shallow.

The park will house almost a mile of walkways.

Its 30,000 plants will include groves of more than 200 mature trees.

New York perennials and wildflowers will attract butterflies, hummingbirds and bees.

The park is expected to open in mid-year 2018.

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