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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
No. 108

Parks Cuts Ribbon On Mill Pond Park Along Harlem River

DATE: Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

TIME: 11:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Mill Pond Park. Enter at East 149th Street and Exterior Street (Gateway Boulevard), Bronx

EVENT & PHOTO-OP: Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe will join Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Greene, Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo, Council Member Helen Diane Foster, Assembly Member Vanessa Gibson, Chief Operating Officer of the NYC Economic Development Corporation Tokumbo Shobowale, and Parks Committee Chair of Community Board 4 D. Lee Ezell, to cut the ribbon on Mill Pond Park, a scenic new 10-acre waterfront park developed along the Harlem River. Students from The Performance School and Cardinal Hayes High School will be in attendance, and the Bronx-based dance group A Perfect Imperfection (which has been featured on the NBC show America’s Got Talent) will perform. Following the ribbon cutting, the City Parks Foundation will offer a free youth tennis clinic.


As part of the Yankee Stadium Redevelopment Project, the City invested $64 million in funds to transform this decayed industrial waterfront into a lush new ten-acre park featuring picnic & grass areas, overlooks with waterfront views, sixteen Deco Turf tennis courts, and an esplanade to unite the site (Deco Turf is the surface used on tennis courts at the world's most prestigious events including the Olympic Games and the U.S. Open). The park also rehabilitated a sea wall, four piers, and the river’s edge. Other amenities include an outdoor classroom, two runnels which are open pipe features to guide the flow of water, children’s spray showers, and a sand play area. Landscaped plantings line the ADA-accessible pathways throughout the park.

CONTACT: Vickie Karp/ Jesslyn Moser (212) 360-1311

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Parks Cuts Ribbon On Mill Pond Park Along Harlem River

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