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St. James Park

The Southeast Corner Entrance Staircase and Accessible Ramp are complete and open to the public. All three entrance staircases on Creston Avenue are also open. Overall construction progress is 55%. Work on the other entrances begins in early March. At this time, the playground and landscaping at the Malls and oval area are at the completion stage.

Melrose Playground

Restoration of the playground and pavement are near completion.

Story Park

The Comfort Station/ M&O Building project was submitted to the Art Commission on January 11 for the January 25 review. Ribbon cutting held on August 14, 2008.

Williamsbridge Oval Track and Field

The track and field will be ready for use this fall. Spectator seating and area drainage has been added to this phase of the project.

St. James Park Renovation

The staircase at St. James Park

Phase I of the renovation of St. James Park will cost $750,000 and includes restoration of four staircases surrounding the park. The eastern corner staircases at 191st and 193rd and Creston Avenue will be restored with new bluestone pavement and restored hand railings. Two additional staircases at Morris Avenue and 191st and 193rd and Jerome Avenue will be completed transforming the entrances to St. James Park. New concrete staircase supports and backing walls will be poured for installation of the reset and new stones. To complete the entrances, Parks & Recreation will also restore site lighting, and asphalt pavement lawn areas adjacent to the asphalt pavements will be reconstructed.

Phase II of the project, which is scheduled to begin in late 2006, will build on Phase I work to restore the historic elegance of the park by addressing all significant landscape features. The $3 million restoration of the historic landscape will include reconstruction of pathways, perimeter retaining wall and fencing surrounding the park, plantings, lawns and benches. The decorative stone walls will be reinforced and loose or missing sections replaced. The horticultural character of the site will be enhanced by the restoration of understory plantings, including shrubs and small flowering trees. Interior pathways will be rebuilt to improve circulation and eliminate drainage problems. Phase II will also look to address the lack of open space available for multi-purpose recreational activities by creating a small multi-use turf field area.

Additional Resources for St. James Park


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.

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