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Concrete Plant Park

image of Concrete Plant Park Before Parks Renovations
image of Construction at Concrete Plant Park
image of Concrete Plant Park after Parks Renovations
View looking at structures adjacent to meadow. Photo by James M. Mituzas, RLA
View down ramp from Bruckner Boulevard. Photo by James M. Mituzas, RLA
View of concrete lounge chairs. Photo by James M. Mituzas, RLA

A capstone project for the development of the Bronx River Greenway, Concrete Plant Park once housed a concrete batch mix plant located on the western bank of the industrial southern section of the Bronx River. In close partnership with community organizations and public agencies, the Parks Department and the Bronx River Alliance began the revitalization of this formerly abandoned site through re-establishing salt marshes on the riverbank once strewn with trash and tires, as well as reintroducing the public to the site through organizing community festivals and leading hundreds of residents out on the Bronx river to canoe and kayak.

Location

Concrete Plant Park, a segment of the Bronx River Greenway, is seven (7) acres in size. The park is situated along the western shore of the Bronx River in the Crotona Park East section of the Bronx, between Westchester Avenue to the north and Bruckner Boulevard to the south. To the west lies the Amtrak Railroad and the Sheridan Expressway (I–895).

Site History

Concrete Plant Park was home to a working concrete batch mix plant sitting on the western bank of the Bronx River. According to a report prepared by Public Archaeology Facility at SUNY Binghamton, cement manufacturing began at this site after 1945 and ran until 1987. The Transit Mix Concrete Corporation built the silos, hoppers, and conveyor structures that still stand at Concrete Park today as a reminder of the park's industrial history.

Once underdeveloped, this new waterfront park completed in September 2009 and officially opened to the public October 30th now contains facilities supporting and linking existing and planned multi–use pedestrian greenways with other off–road, on-road bicycle/pedestrian routes. Construction of a new canoe/kayak launch provides an access point to the Bronx River Corridor along the park's shoreline. The site was also enhanced through the creation of a waterfront promenade, a reading circle, and inviting park entrances at both Westchester Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard.

Surrounding Land Use

Surrounding land use is primarily medium–density residential. To the south is the northern section if Hunts Point Produce Market, a produce distribution center that transports food throughout all five boroughs as well as the surrounding New York metropolitan area.

Total Budget: $9,956,000

Funding Sources:

  • $5,945,000: Mayoral
  • $3,911,000: Federal transportation grants sponsored by Congressman Serrano
    1.   — $522,000 through the FY04 section 115 Omnibus Transportation Bill
    2.   — $2,645,000 through the TEA–21 High Priority Program
    3.   — $743,000 through the TEA–21 Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program
  • $100,000: OPRHP (NYS Parks) through the Recreational Trails Program.

Related Links

Concrete Plant Park Homepage

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