NYC Parks Cuts The Ribbon On Juan Bosch Plaza
On June 28, Manhattan Borough Commissioner William Castro joined City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Assembly Member Gabriela Rosa, Dominican Republic Consul General Felix A. Martinez, President of Fundacion Professor Juan Bosch USA Santos Acevedo, and members of Juan Bosch’s family including his daughter Carolina Bosch, to cut the ribbon on the redesign of Highbridge Park’s Juan Bosch Plaza. The event also featured a vocal performance of Juan Bosch’s “La Gaviota,” by Jennifer Pion.
The creation of Juan Bosch Plaza in Highbridge Park commemorates the writing of Juan Bosch (1909-2001), the prolific author and freely elected president of the Dominican Republic in 1962.
The project was conceived by the Fundacion Profesor Juan Bosch to create a public gathering space that honors Juan Bosch and provides a venue for readings, music, poetry, and an opportunity for reflection. The design by NYC Parks Landscape Architect Laura Drawbaugh includes extracts from Juan Bosch's writings in both English and Spanish, new seating, plantings, and lighting.
The enhancements were funded with capital allocations of $500,000 from the New York City Council and $350,000 from Mayor Bloomberg
This project is part of nearly $100 million that has been invested in recent years for upgrades to Highbridge Park, which include the restoration of the 1848 landmark High Bridge, the creation of the City’s first mountain biking course, renovations of baseball fields, basketball courts, interior paths, and much more.