• Petitioned Governor Cuomo & Mayor Bloomberg

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Governor Cuomo & Mayor Bloomberg

Bridge the gap! Finish Starlight Park to complete the Bronx River Greenway

    1. Petition by

      Bronx River Alliance

The Bronx River Greenway, a series of continuous parks and trails along the Bronx River, is a vehicle of transformation for the Bronx. Starlight Park in the South Bronx is a critical link of the Greenway, serving as a central meeting point and connection to miles of trail and parkland to the north and south. Phase 1 of Starlight Park will open early next year, but Phase 2 has been de-funded because the State pulled funding from the project in 2009 when it hit a legal roadblock with Amtrak. Without this link, over 100,000 residents in adjacent neighborhoods will remain cut off from the river, the new parks along its banks, and an invaluable bike and walking trail system. Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg, we urge you to bridge this gap in the Bronx River Greenway!

As you can see from the above 2009 video, NY State was enthusiastic about this greenway link and its benefits. Today, two steps are essential to reviving this project:

·        The State must recommit to funding this project.

·        NYC must take over as the lead agent on the project, because they already have an agreement in place with Amtrak that solves all the legal issues. 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Coming Soon: Starlight Ribbon-Cutting and Flotilla

      Official ribbon-cutting ceremonies for Starlight Park will take place Friday May 10th at 10:30am. All are welcome! It's a great opportunity to let elected officials and other leaders know that you want to make sure Starlight Phase 2 gets built soon! Event info: http://bronxriver.org/?pg=content&p=calendarandnews&m1=54&month=05&year=2013&day=10

      The next day will be the annual Amazing Bronx River Flotilla! Also at Starlight - lots of fun activities: canoeing, music, walk, bike Event info: http://bronxriver.org/flotilla

      Calendar of Events - Bronx River Alliance

      May 10, 2013 (10:30am) Starlight Park Ribbon-Cutting Grand Opening Starlight Park Join Bronx River Alliance, and a plenty of local leaders, elected officials, governmental agencies, a few eels, ducks, geese, and other aquatic creatures - for the official Ribbon-Cutting Grand Opening of the newest Bronx River Greenway Park: Starlight Park!!

    3. Bronx News 12 covers the Bridge the Gap campaign, February 26, 2013

      Bronx River Alliance pushing city to complete Bronx Greenway

      Supporters of the Bronx Greenway are pushing the city and state to finish the job. The project, which adds a system of trails and parks to neighborhoods across the borough, has come to a standstill. In total, the Bronx Greenway project needs about $35 million in funding.

    4. NY Times City Room article (12.28.12) on why we need to bridge the gap

      A Long-Closed Park Is Soon to Reopen, Improved Yet Still Hard to Reach

      David Gonzalez/The New York Times All David Shuffler wanted to do when he was 14 years old was play basketball on the street and go to Starlight Park - which despite its name was a dimly lighted, dusty sliver tucked between the Bronx River and the Sheridan Expressway.

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. A look at access issues from September 2012

      New Bronx River Parks Are Beautiful But Dangerous to Reach, Advocates Say - DNAinfo.com New York

      BRONX RIVER - One green patch at a time, the southern portion of the Bronx River has undergone an eye-catching makeover in recent years, from an industrial no-man's land to an increasingly people-friendly waterfront. In 2007, a desolate dead-end street blossomed into Hunts Point Riverside Park.

    7. A new Hunts Point Express article gives a current look at the situation

      Bronx River Greenway Stays Cut In Two
      *note that the $20M figure cited here is only for work on the bridges, and not the associated parkland development.

      http://brie.hunter.cuny.edu/hpe/?p=10676

    8. Reached 100 signatures
    9. Read this Daily News article discussing the issues around Starlight Park

      Feds hope to bridge the gap: DOT & Amtrak meeting could solve impasse over Bronx Greenway plan

      David Handschuh/News A troubled bridge over Bronx water has greenway advocates singing a melancholy tune and the federal government scrambling to save the planned span. Part of the Bronx River Greenway, the bridge over an Amtrak rail line will eventually carry pedestrians and cyclists between two new waterfront parks and complete the scenic route.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Case Wyse BRONX, NY
      • 10 months ago

      Amongst the many stated reasons, this connection would open up possibilities for residents from every borough to find more value in visitng the South Bronx and neighboring communities.

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    • Johanna Matte BRONX, NY
      • 10 months ago

      Creating safe bikeways for everyone in New York (not just Manhattan) should be a priority for city government. All people young and old should be able to use bikes for safe transportation.My mother biked till age 87 in the Netherlands because of dedicated bikelanes.

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    • Phil Forbes BROOKLYN, NY
      • 12 months ago

      I am a kayaker

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    • Joann Goodsell BRONX, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      I visit this park more than often. I jog here, walk my dog here, bird watch here and participate in other activities here at the Bronx River Parks. I appreciate how the parks have been restored and beautified and hope to see more positive changes happen in my neighborhood starting with these parks. The kids in the community need these parks as a personal and physical enrichment to their lives. I hope that bridging the gaps between the Bronx River Parks can one day allow a Races and Marathons such as a 5k, 10k or 13.1K for the community. It would be so fulfilling for my family, myself and the people in the community.

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    • Bill Busk BRONX, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      We need more parks & river access in the Bronx.

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