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Bronx Parks for the 21st Century

Project Overview

The Bronx parks projects were identified after years of input from the community, and were finalized over the past year with the help of community groups, elected officials and Bronx residents. Collaboratively, the Parks Department focused on projects that would be a challenge to fund through the capital budget.

The projects fall into five categories and include improving neighborhood parks, renovating regional recreation facilities, developing the Bronx Greenway, improving and expanding access to the Bronx waterfront, building and "greening" the borough. 

Water Treatment Plant
Croton Water Treatment Plant Under the Mosholu Golf Course

Highlights Include:

  • More than 20 neighborhood parks and playgrounds will be renovated with new play equipment, comfort stations, seating areas, fencing and landscaping. Major work at Story Park will include reconstruction of a playground and comfort station. Tremont Park will receive reconstruction of two playgrounds and the passive area on the eastern portion of the park. Mullaly Park North has received a new playground with active musical play elements, two basketball courts, large spray play, seating areas, and gardens that will accept storm run–off.
  • Regional recreation facilities, including ballfields, running tracks and tennis courts will be reconstructed or built throughout the borough. The Parade Grounds at Van Cortlandt Park will be reconstructed with new athletic fields, sod, and in–ground irrigation drainage. Playgrounds, a track field, senior area, and recreation center will be reconstructed at Williamsbridge Oval Park.
  • Waterfront parks will be developed along the Long Island Sound, East River and Harlem River.  New waterfront space, including a Greenway link, will be developed at Pelham Bay Park , and environmental work will include the restoration of lagoons and salt marshes at Pugsley Creek Park and Soundview Park.
  • Major sections of the Bronx Greenway, including the Hutchinson , Bronx River and Soundview to Ferry Point sections, will be completed. Work will include the restoration of existing parkland — including improving pathways and public access to parks and the waterfront — as well as transforming underutilized property into new parkland in areas with little open space.  A new street connection at 233rd Street over the Bronx River Parkway and Bronx River will connect Shoelace Park and Muskrat Cove providing a major link in the Bronx River Greenway.
  • A comprehensive program to “green” the borough will include the creation of new Greenstreets, improvement and expansion of horticultural plantings in parks and playgrounds, and the addition of street trees in under–served neighborhoods. The Bronx Green House and Nursery will receive a full capital rehabilitation.
  • The State will also establish a comprehensive Urban Forestry Program, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The program will further the greening of the Bronx , improve air quality, reduce ambient air temperatures, and help reduce energy costs and heat “island” effect by planting thousands of trees in parks, playgrounds, streets and other targeted areas of the borough.

Sustainable Design

Environmental Initiatives for the Bronx River House at Starlight Park in the Bronx, New York
The following green architecture initiatives are in the design phase of the above project that hopefully will grant this project a LEED Silver award. Storm water will be captured and stored in underground tank(s), which will then supply a drip irrigation system for the surrounding plant beds. Solar panels will be installed on the roof, drastically reducing the required electrical power needed to operate this facility. Vertical Sun Screens will be erected around the South and West sides of the structure, which will shade the windows from the outside. Native vines will be planted along this screen alignment, which will create a plant wall that will act as a heat reducing element, lowering the demand for air conditioning. The central power supply for this structure will be a geothermal heat pump system, further reducing the demand of outside energy, whether it is gas, oil, or electric. All together, these systems will reduce or supply the necessary energy to run this facility dramatically.

Information on employment and bidding opportunities for Bronx Parks for the 21st Century projects can be obtained by contacting the DEP Community Outreach Office at 3660 Jerome Ave. Bronx NY 10467, telephone (718) 231–8470. You can also keep informed of contracting opportunities by going directly to our Bids & Contracts page.