Eight sites across the city, at least one in every borough, have been re-envisioned as regional parks. The Parks Department plans to enhance these existing green spaces and turn them into destinations for the 21st century, green gems admired by residents and visitors from across the City and around the world. We have been working with community organizations and individual residents to create designs that celebrate local heritage and the cultural spirit of the region.
One of our main objectives in designing these parks is to provide more recreational opportunities to keep New Yorkers healthy and active. Many of our preliminary designs include sports facilities, such as for soccer and baseball, which reflect the shifting recreation interests of today's New Yorkers.
Regional Parks at a Glance
Calvert Vaux Park, Brooklyn
Construction is underway at Calvert Vaux Park in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of south Brooklyn. Soon, the 73-acre park will feature two new synthetic turf fields, restored aquatic & coastal habitats, a main entry rain garden, a comfort station, a field house, a parking lot and park security lighting, thanks to $23.1 million in PlaNYC funding.
McCarren Play Center, Brooklyn
The Parks Department opened a $50 million renovation of McCarren Pool and McCarren Play Center to the public on June 28, 2012.
Ocean Breeze Park, Staten Island
The 110-acre Ocean Breeze Park was once part of the Staten Island University Hospital campus. A $72.7 million world-class indoor track and field house will be built on a 10-acre portion of the park within sprinting distance to the boardwalk and ocean.
Rockaway Park, Queens
Construction is underway on the Far Rockaway beachfront to encourage year-round community use, thanks to $27.3 million in PlaNYC funding and $2.0 million in City Council funding. The project includes a performance venue and lawn area, a variety of sports courts, a synthetic turf football field, a skate park, a new comfort station, and a climbing wall.
Highland Park, Queens
Highland Park's Ridgewood Reservoir served as the backup water supply for Brooklyn and Queens until 1989. The $19.3 million in PlaNYC improvements will allow residents of Brooklyn and Queens to better appreciate the natural landscape that has developed within the three basins since the reservoir's closure. The first phase of construction includes the reconstruction of walkways around the perimeter, lighting, fencing, and ADA access improvements.
Soundview Park, Bronx
Users of all ages will benefit from the proposed improvements to Soundview Park. Plans for the project call for new playgrounds, a new comfort station, a running track with synthetic turf field, and an amphitheater. The budget includes $15.3 million in PlaNYC funding and $0.7 million in Croton Program funds.
Fort Washington Park, Manhattan
Located along the Hudson River, Fort Washington Park offers spectacular views of the New Jersey Palisades and the George Washington Bridge. PlaNYC upgrades to the park call for new playgrounds, new greenway paths, improved access from local neighborhoods, landscaping using native plants for improved wildlife and bird habitat, new sitting areas with river views, a Dyckman street ADA/bike ramp, and a renovated bridge at the 180th street entrance, thanks to $19.4 million in PlaNYC funding and $5.7 million in grants.
The High Bridge, Bronx and Manhattan
The city's oldest remaining bridge, the High Bridge spans the Harlem River and will soon be restored as a vital link between Manhattan and the Bronx for pedestrians and cyclists. $47.85 million in PlaNYC funding and $13.88 million in grants have been allocated. The project is currently in construction and reopening is anticipated in Summer 2014.