Major Strides Planned for the South Bronx Greenway

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A few years ago, Apartment Therapy ran a post on the development of the Bronx River Greenway, the continuous bike/pedestrian path that will snake 23 miles along the Bronx River up to Westchester County. When complete, the BRG will be one small part of the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile-long network of healthy green conduits running from Maine to Florida. This summer, major advancements are planned for its sister greenway. More after the jump.

Sponsored by the NYC Economic Development Corporation on the government side, Sustainable South Bronx and The Point Community Development Corporation (CDC) as community partners, with landscape architects Mathews Nielson, the 11-mile-long South Bronx Greenway is set make major strides this this summer (the first completed portion was Hunt's Point Riverside Park, the first new riverside park in 60 years at the time of its opening in 2004). The project, eventually connecting Port Morris to the ball fields on Randall's Island, will include landscaped medians planted with trees and shrubs, expanded sidewalks and bike-path improvements on Hunt's Point and Lafayette avenues; a new produce market fence on Food Center Drive; new bike and pedestrian paths around the Hunt's Point and Port Morris waterfronts; and a new waterfront park adjacent to the Fulton Fish Market. A connector to Randall's Island is scheduled to break ground in fall, an advance that will eventually hook the SBG into Manhattan's bike network. The SBG will also connect to the Bronx River Greenway, creating a network of inland and waterfront green spaces.

The project is the region's first step toward greener, safer streets designed to foster healthy living (biking, walking and running); as well as community economic development and improved environmental conditions. In April, Sustainable South Bronx received the EPA's 2010 Region 2 Environmental Quality Award for the organization's contributions to public health.

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