FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 25, 2019
NYC PARKS CUTS THE RIBBON ON HANDBALL COURT REVAMP IN ST. JAMES PARK
NYC Parks Bronx Borough Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa today joined City Council Member Fernando Cabrera, Community Board 7 District Manager Ischia Bravo, students and administrators from P.S. 246, and community members to cut the ribbon on the $485,000 revamp of the handball courts at St. James Park.
“Handball courts are great amenities for active recreation; playing on these courts offer a cost-effective and fun way to stay healthy,” said Bronx Borough Commissioner Rodriguez-Rosa. “We’re happy to unveil these new courts to the community, where they’ll surely be put to good use.”
“Our parks are an important part of our community’s infrastructure. They provide beautiful green spaces and athletic facilities that encourage community gatherings and outdoor activity that protects our health. Renovating St. James Park has been a top priority for me and I’ve provided over $1.5 million since 2012 to rebuild the park in response to the community’s wishes, said Council Member Cabrera. “Today’s ribbon cutting for the new handball court is another milestone in making St. James Park the park the community wants. I’m happy to have provided $388,000 for this project.”
The improved handball court includes a resurfaced handball wall, new pavement, and a reconstructed fence. Additionally, the asphalt access path to the court was reconstructed and landscape work was completed.
Acquired on September 13, 1897, St. James Park has become a community linchpin. The park has continually expanded its facilities through the years to accommodate the needs of the neighborhood. It now includes tennis, basketball, and handball courts; a playground; and a recreation center with a Media Lab, fitness room, and game rooms for seniors, adults, and children.