Richman (Echo) Park
CITY HALL IN YOUR BOROUGH: NYC PARKS OFFICIALLY CUTS THE RIBBON ON NEW AND IMPROVED ECHO PARK IN THE BRONX TOTALING $4.45 MILLIONCITY HALL IN YOUR BOROUGH: NYC PARKS OFFICIALLY CUTS THE RIBBON ON NEW AND IMPROVED ECHO PARK IN THE BRONX TOTALING $4.45 MILLI
Monday, August 2, 2021
On Saturday, as part of City Hall in Your Borough, NYC Parks Bronx Borough Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa joined U.S. Congressman Ritchie Torres, Deputy Bronx Borough President Marricka Scott-McFadden, City Councilmember Oswald Feliz, representatives from Bronx Community Board 5, and members of the community to cut the ribbon on the $4.45 million improvements to Echo Park.
“Echo Park is a cherished community greenspace, and I’m so proud to have unveiled the much needed renovations to the community during City Hall In Your Borough,” said Bronx Parks Commissioner Rodriguez-Rosa. “Thanks to Mayor de Blasio and Representative Torres, these new renovations to the park advance our mission towards building equity, and creating beautiful greenspaces for every single New Yorker.”
The $4.45 million Echo Park Playground and Basketball Courts Reconstruction project has completely reconstructed the athletic courts and the playground, and has improved accessibility, visibility, and circulation in these areas. The project included the construction of new basketball courts, play equipment, and spray showers, and new fitness equipment, paving, plantings, water service and drainage, park security lighting, and seating areas have also been added.
The $4.45 million project was funded with $4.1 million from Mayor Bill de Blasio and $351,000 from former City Council Member Ritchie Torres.
800+ COMPLETED CAPITAL PROJECTS
Under the leadership of Commissioner Silver, since 2014 NYC Parks has completed more than 800 capital projects across the five boroughs, advancing the City’s mission to build a more equitable park system for present and future generations. Under this administration, the agency has brought our park system into the 21st century, with guidelines focused on resiliency and access and leading with a data-driven approach to increasing park equity. Parks has also improved its capital process in order to take on more projects and complete them faster. Through these strategies, the agency has reimagined how we invest in parks across the city, including those in communities with the greatest need for open-space improvements that had not seen investment in decades. Parks’ 10-year capital budget is $5.2 billion—the completed projects over the past seven years represents a $1.96 billion investment.