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Bronx River Greenway Groundbreaking


On Thursday, October 6, the Bronx River Alliance along with NYC Parks, federal, state and local representatives celebrated the beginning of construction for Starlight Park Phase 2, a multi-phase restoration and greenway project that will close the major South Bronx gap in the Bronx River Greenway.

“After years of advocacy by community partners, government leaders and elected officials, the groundbreaking for phase two of Starlight Park brings us closer to our goal for continuous access to some of the boroughs best recreation and transportation resources along the Bronx River,” said Bronx River Alliance Board Chair Veronica Vanterpool.

This project is the result of a successful collaboration between local partners, like the Bronx River Alliance and Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, and federal, state and local government agencies. For over a decade, these partners have worked together to develop and complete a fully-connected Bronx River Greenway accessible to thousands of Bronx residents and millions throughout the greater region.

“The Bronx River Greenway is a central element of our community’s vision of a socially and environmentally just future for the South Bronx; I look forward to seeing my child enjoying everything that we’ve struggled to build,” said David Shuffler, Executive Director of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice and Bronx River Alliance Board Member.

Over $40 million from city, state, and federal sources have been invested in the project so far. A first stage, funded by $12 million from Mayor de Blasio and $4.4 million from the Department of Interior, Hurricane Sandy disaster relief appropriation program, will re-naturalize armored shorelines and reduce the vulnerability of Bronx communities to future coastal storms. A second stage will connect Starlight and Concrete Plant Parks, by crossing Amtrak rail lines with multi-use pathways and pedestrian bridges and is funded by $18 million in Federal Transportation funds and over $800K in local funds from the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and NY State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr.

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The Bronx River Alliance is a coordinated voice for the river that works in partnership to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor so that it can be a healthy ecological, recreational, resource for the communities through which it flows.

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