Bronx Park named Park of the Month for September

Kevin Walsh shows off his skills at the skate park in Bronx Park, which was honored as Park of the Month for September, along with the synthetic turf soccer field. Photo by Victor Chu

Receiving special recognition for its beautiful greenery and recreation space, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation has selected a Bronx location as Septembers Park of the Month.

The skate park and soccer field area found within the vast Bronx Park received the honor. A $ 1.4 million project upgraded the park to its current level.

“While Bronx Park is perhaps best known as the home of the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden, the park features numerous recreation areas that are community favorites,” said Park’s Commissioner Adrian Benepe.

The 6,000 square-foot skate park, located along Bronx Park East and Britton Street, features a quarter pipe, bank ramps with ledges, a skate pyramid and grind rails.

Athletes can enjoy games on the revamped synthetic turf soccer field has bright new line markings and goal posts.

On June 28, 2008, Benepe was joined by Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera and John Fratta, district manager of Community Board 11, to cut the ribbon on the long awaited addition to Bronx Park.

“Putting that skate park and soccer field was something we fought for and we believed would always be a benefit to the community and it has been,” said Fratta. “The community has used it and kids from the community really do enjoy it. The fact that it was given this honor is a testament to the great work of the community, who came together and designed the park along with Parks.”

The money for the project came from the $ 220 million designated for enhancing parkland in the Bronx through the Croton Water Filtration Plant, through the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and the Municipal Water Finance Authority.

“The skate park and soccer field on the east side of the park are popular play areas for athletes and spectators alike,” said Benepe. “Whether you play with your right foot of left foot on the field, or ride goofy foot or mongo foot on the rails, there is something for everyone here at this recreational oasis within Bronx Park.”

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