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Highbridge Park

You Can Help Design Parks Of The Future

You can help design parks of the future
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
No. 109
http://www.nyc.gov/parks

As part of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC initiative to create a greener, more sustainable New York City by the year 2030, Parks & Recreation will develop eight regional parks around the City. PlaNYC's long-term planning vision and a total of $1.2 billion in additional funding, comes on top of the largest capital investment in New York City parks since the 1930s.

On Earth Day 2007, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled a sweeping roadmap to the sustainable growth of New York City–planting one million trees, greening 800 traffic triangles and opening playgrounds and ballfields around the City. In addition, PlaNYC commits an additional $400 million to design and build eight underdeveloped regional parks across the City: Soundview, Dreier-Offerman, McCarren, Fort Washington, Highbridge, Highland, Rockaways and Ocean Breeze Parks.

In Manhattan, surveys for Fort Washington and Highbridge Park are available online in English and Spanish. Learn more and give us your feedback at www.nyc.gov/parks. Partnerships for Parks, a joint program of Parks and the City Parks Foundation will partner with neighborhood groups to collect surveys in these parks to ensure broad community input about the future designs of parks and amenities

Fort Washington Park
Fort Washington Park is a 160-acre strip of dramatic cliffs and grassy meadows along the Hudson River from 145th Street to Dyckman Street. Highlights of the park include views of the Palisades and Hudson River, the Little Red Lighthouse and the George Washington Bridge. The Mayor’s plan is an opportunity to fully realize one of the last undeveloped jewels of northern Manhattan. The $36 million allocated to Fort Washington Park will create a destination park for the 21st century. Potential amenities will include a bike and pedestrian network, active and passive recreation areas, new playgrounds and concessions and improve park facilities like bathrooms and historic structures.

High Bridge
The High Bridge was completed in 1848 as part of the Old Croton Aqueduct, which first brought fresh water to New York City from Westchester County and fueled the city’s northern expansion. One of the city’s oldest standing bridges, it spans the Harlem River, connecting Manhattan and the Bronx, and has been closed for over 30 years.

The $60 million that Mayor Bloomberg has allocated to the High Bridge, along with an additional $5 million from Congressman Jose Serrano, will allow the Parks Department to rehabilitate and reopen the bridge. The reopened High Bridge will be an essential link in New York City’s expanding waterfront Greenway, with new pedestrian and bicycle access to the Highbridge Parks, Pool and Recreation Center, for Bronx and Manhattan residents. The rehabilitation will follow historic preservation principles to restore the architectural details of this landmarked structure for public enjoyment.

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The historic Brush stairway located at West 157th Street is being reconstructed with the same utilitarian characteristics and simple expression of steel and concrete as the original. While incorporating similar materials, the stairway will be upgraded to meet today's building code. The lower area along the Harlem River drive will be improved with new picnic tables, a game table, benches and landscaping.
Anticipated Completion: Winter 2014

Highbridge Park Weather

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