Fort Washington Park
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007
As part of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC initiative to create a greener, more sustainable New York City by the year 2030, Parks & Recreation will develop eight regional parks around the City. PlaNYC's long-term planning vision and a total of $1.2 billion in additional funding, comes on top of the largest capital investment in New York City parks since the 1930s.
On Earth Day 2007, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled a sweeping roadmap to the sustainable growth of New York City–planting one million trees, greening 800 traffic triangles and opening playgrounds and ballfields around the City. In addition, PlaNYC commits an additional $400 million to design and build eight underdeveloped regional parks across the City: Soundview, Dreier-Offerman, McCarren, Fort Washington, Highbridge, Highland, Rockaways and Ocean Breeze Parks.
In Manhattan, surveys for Fort Washington and Highbridge Park are available online in English and Spanish. Learn more and give us your feedback at www.nyc.gov/parks. Partnerships for Parks, a joint program of Parks and the City Parks Foundation will partner with neighborhood groups to collect surveys in these parks to ensure broad community input about the future designs of parks and amenities
Fort Washington Park
Fort Washington Park is a 160-acre strip of dramatic cliffs and grassy meadows along the Hudson River from 145th Street to Dyckman Street. Highlights of the park include views of the Palisades and Hudson River, the Little Red Lighthouse and the George Washington Bridge. The Mayor’s plan is an opportunity to fully realize one of the last undeveloped jewels of northern Manhattan. The $36 million allocated to Fort Washington Park will create a destination park for the 21st century. Potential amenities will include a bike and pedestrian network, active and passive recreation areas, new playgrounds and concessions and improve park facilities like bathrooms and historic structures.
The High Bridge was completed in 1848 as part of the Old Croton Aqueduct, which first brought fresh water to New York City from Westchester County and fueled the city’s northern expansion. One of the city’s oldest standing bridges, it spans the Harlem River, connecting Manhattan and the Bronx, and has been closed for over 30 years.
The $60 million that Mayor Bloomberg has allocated to the High Bridge, along with an additional $5 million from Congressman Jose Serrano, will allow the Parks Department to rehabilitate and reopen the bridge. The reopened High Bridge will be an essential link in New York City’s expanding waterfront Greenway, with new pedestrian and bicycle access to the Highbridge Parks, Pool and Recreation Center, for Bronx and Manhattan residents. The rehabilitation will follow historic preservation principles to restore the architectural details of this landmarked structure for public enjoyment.
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Directions to Fort Washington Park
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Fort Washington Park
The Fort Washington Pedestrian Bridge, or "Amtrak Bridge," at West 180th Street is temporarily closed. The support structure and the surface decking will be repaired starting Monday, Oct. 1. Repairs should take about 30 days to complete, depending upon weather and site conditions. Detour: If you are approaching the Amtrak bridge from the north, please use the 181st Street pedestrian bridge over the Henry Hudson Parkway at Riverside Drive to access local streets. You can re-enter the Greenway at either West 158th Street and the Henry Hudson Parkway or at West 153rd Street and Riverside Drive via the Herman “Denny” Farrell Pedestrian Bridge. If you are approaching the bridge from the south, please exit the Greenway at either West 158th Street and the Henry Hudson Parkway or at West 153rd Street and Riverside Drive via the Herman “Denny” Farrell Pedestrian Bridge. You can re-enter the Greenway via the 181st Street pedestrian bridge over the Henry Hudson Parkway at Riverside Drive. Please follow us @nycparks on Twitter or check this page again for updates as soon as we know when the bridge will re-open.
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