Preliminary work could begin as soon as next month on the ambitious $500 million plan to transform Governors Island into a premiere destination for cyclists, nature lovers, large-scale music concerts and rock climbing. Last December a consortium of five design companies was chosen to turn the flat southern part of the island into an oasis with manmade hills and a shoreline promenade. Ultimately (say, 2013?) 90 acres of parkland will be remade for anyone willing to take the seven minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan.

Officials expect demolition of some old buildings on the southern end of the island to begin next month, with a groundbreaking to take place next year. These preliminary renderings here are impressive but far from final; the design consortium will be reassessing the plans this fall. In the meantime, the New York Philharmonic will be making their first visit to the island this summer, and the full lineup of concerts and events will be announced closer to the island’s season opening on May 31st.