Press Releases

Tuesday, February 07, 2017
No. 13


Bronx River Coastal Cleaning
Bronx River Coastal Cleaning
Malcolm Pinckney

The National Community Development Association (NCDA) has named NYC Parks as a recipient of the 2017 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award for the Bronx River Project. The award, which will be presented on February 17, 2017 in Washington, D.C., recognizes the achievements made by Parks and the Bronx River Alliance in cleaning and restoring the Bronx River.

“Through the collaboration of our partners at the Bronx River Alliance, our elected officials and community stakeholders, we’ve made a tremendous investment in restoring the Bronx River and creating new opportunities for residents in the surrounding neighborhoods,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “This project will only serve to push forward the goals of our continued efforts.”

In 1989, the City began allocating its Federal Community Development Block Grant funds to the Bronx River Restoration to help coordinate the clean-up of the polluted Bronx River within its 8-mile length in New York City. In 2001, Parks and the Bronx River Alliance expanded those efforts with the Bronx River Project, a partnership between community organizations, public agencies, and local businesses committed to transforming the river into a natural, social, educational and economic resource for the Bronx and all of New York City. Since its inception, the project has engaged local communities and surrounding neighborhoods to help reduce pollution, create a healthful environment, and provide recreational and job training activities.

The Bronx River Project has created 19 new acres of parkland and improved another 25, providing waterfront access for many in the South Bronx. The Bronx River Project has:

  • Opened Hunts Point Riverside Park (2007) and Concrete Plant Park (2009).
  • Renovated and extended Starlight Park (2013).
  • Begun the renovation of Muskrat Cove Park (2008) and Shoelace Park


  • Made substantial progress on the Bronx River Greenway, a series of

waterfront parks and trails that will stretch across the river’s entire length in

the Bronx.

About NYC Parks

NYC Parks is the steward of approximately 29,000 acres of land — 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 550 tennis courts, 66 public pools, 48 recreational facilities, 17 nature centers, 14 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches. We care for 1,200 monuments and 23 historic house museums. We look after 650,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. We are New York City's principal providers of recreational and athletic facilities and programs and we are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals.

About the Bronx River Alliance

Founded in 2001, the Bronx River Alliance is a nonprofit organization that serves as a coordinated voice for the river and works in harmonious partnership to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor so that it can be a healthy ecological, recreational, educational and economic resource for the communities through which the river flows. The Alliance works in close partnership with NYC Parks to achieve these goals. Click here to view a full list of Bronx River Alliance partners.

About The National Community Development Association

The NCDA is a nonprofit organization that assists local governments across the country in administering federal housing and community development programs. The Audrey Nelson Award, granted on an annual basis, is named for the NCDA’s first Deputy Executive Secretary, who was a tireless advocate for making communities better places to live and work for low and moderate-income people. Audrey died from cancer at the age of 29. NCDA is committed to making communities better places to live and work, particularly for low- and moderate-income people in Audrey’s honor.

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