Between today and 2008 many greenway improvements will take place. The sites on which these improvements will happen are highlighted on the map.
The Battery Conservancy plans to create a new bicycle path on the northern and eastern perimeters of the park. The path will connect to Route 9A and to the new path at the Ferry Terminal. The path should be completed by 2008.
For the past few years the Battery Maritime has been under construction. The building, ferry slips and surrounding area are all being renovated. As part of the reconstruction a new shared-use path will connect from the park along the service road from the Battery Maritime to Old Slip. This pathway will run along the water in the location of the current sidewalk. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the New York City Department of Transportation and Community Board 1 currently have full funding (CMAQ) to create this esplanade, which will connect to the existing greenway at Old Slip. The project should be complete by 2006. Maps of site.
The waterfront portion of East River Park is currently closed to the public due to a crumbling bulkhead and cable removal by Con Edison. As Con Edison completes each phase of its work, the Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) will follow and reconstruct the bulkhead. Parks & Recreation also plans to improve the inland path, which will be designated for bicycles. The reconstruction will be mainly structural and will not offer any large cosmetic changes. The waterfront esplanade should be complete and open to pedestrians again by 2008. Map
The United Nations was, until recently, reluctant to have a greenway running along its property due to security concerns. Now, however, it is renovating its headquarters. In order to do this it is building new office space on Robert Moses Park. The loss of parkland must be mitigated and the United Nations has agreed to build a public esplanade from East 41st to East 51st Street. The plans for the esplanade are not yet complete, but all involve a cantilevered structure off of the FDR. The reconstruction, including the creation of the greenway, is expected to be completed by 2008. Map
From Dyckman Street to West 187th Street, there is currently an unpaved pathway that sits between the Hudson River and the tracks for Amtrak’s Empire Line. From West 187th Street to West 181st Street the path is not maintained and nonexistent in places. By 2006 DPR will have built a new path in the location of the current unpaved structure from Dyckman Street to West 187th Street and will have built a cantilevered path between West 187th and West 181st streets (under the George Washington Bridge). DPR has prepared designs for this section of greenway. It also has $2 million in funding for construction, but needs $2.7 more in local match money before it can commence building. Map
State Park and Fairway
From West 145th Street to West 135th Street, Riverbank State Park permanently blocks the waterfront from all uses. While the park is a beautiful recreation spot, it cannot be part of a greenway because of its location atop the water treatment plant. DPR has full funding to improve the separated-use path behind the park. The improved path will have more plantings and barriers to separate it from traffic and will be adjacent to the current service road.
From West 135th Street to West 125th Street, the Fairway parking lot currently blocks the waterfront. By 2006 Fairway will have relocated its parking lot as part of the EDC’s Harlem waterfront project. EDC will then create a shared-use waterfront path and park on the water in this location. The park, which is being designed and constructed by EDC, will include ecological and recreational piers, native plants, and beautiful views of the George Washington Bridge. This project will be complete by spring 2006. Map
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