The city plans to bring new bike paths, fields, bathrooms, picnic tables and basketball courts to Riverside Park South by 2018 as it completes the final two phases of the park’s reconstruction.
Riverside Park South covers a strip from 59th to 72nd street adjacent to the Hudson River. The park is being designed by the New York firm Thomas Balsley Associates and has been under construction since 2001. The plan for the park has six phases, four of which were completed before 2008, when construction was halted due to a lack of funding. The first four phases of the project cost $43.7 million and the engineering firm predicts that the last two phases will cost an additional $49.6 million.
Construction for phase five of the plan is set to start in June 2016 and will continue until the winter of 2018. The blueprint of phase five include plazas, play areas, a bike path, and a dog run between 65th and 68th street. The estimated cost of phase five alone is $25 million, with funding from federal and city sources, as well as a parks escrow account. Developers who built buildings nearby have funded some of the Riverside Park construction.
Construction for phase six is due to start in 2017 and end in 2018. Plans include a sports field with field lights, a continuation of the bike path from phase five, and basketball courts. Phase six stretches from 59th to 65th street and is estimated to cost $24.6 million.
The report below presented at the meeting explains the changes in more detail.