FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
NYC PARKS & COUNCIL MEMBER GJONAJ TEAM UP TO REMOVE ABANDONED VESSEL FROM PELHAM BAY PARK SHORELINE
Today, NYC Parks Chief of Waterfront and Marine Operations Nate Grove and City Council Member Mark Gjonaj teamed-up to remove the first of three abandoned vessels from the Pelham Bay Park shoreline. Abandoned vessels and other marine debris pose environmental hazards and create navigational and property damage risks, particularly when becoming dislodged during heavy weather events.
"As the stewards of 160 miles of shoreline, more than 30% of the city’s total shoreline, we are acutely aware of the environmental and public safety hazards derelict abandoned vessels and other marine debris pose,” said NYC Parks Chief of Waterfront and Marine Operations Nate Grove. “We are pleased to play a lead role in addressing these issues and appreciate the support of Council Member Gjonaj in this effort here today.”
"I'm extremely pleased that my office was able to partner with Parks and fund the removal of disruptive derelict vessels off of our shoreline. In addition to protecting the environmental integrity of our shoreline and removing dangerous obstacles from those traversing our waters, removing this abandoned vessel also increases our storm resiliency. The health of our parks and shoreline are inextricably linked to the health of our community at large,” said Council Member Mark Gjonaj.
The removal of three derelict vessels from Pelham Bay Park was made possible with a $20,000 allocation from Council Member Gjonaj, and $3,000 from NYC Parks. New Yorkers who observe abandoned boats on public land can report the vessel’s location by calling 311.
More than three times the size of Manhattan's Central Park, Pelham Bay Park is the City's largest park property. Visitors to the park enjoy miles of bridle paths and hiking trails, Orchard Beach, the Bartow-Pell Mansion, two golf courses, and a breathtaking 13-mile saltwater shoreline that hugs Long Island Sound. Athletes frequent its numerous fields and courts while children frolic in its playgrounds. Pelham Bay Park also has a wide and diverse range of plant and animal life and features prime locations to view one of nature's most skillful hunters, the osprey.