Construction was underway this week around 68th Street and Riverside Boulevard. Photo by @globetrotscott.
A project that will transform Riverside Park from 65th to 68th Street has begun and is likely to last as long as two years. This is Phase 5 of a six-phase reconstruction project that spans the entire stretch from 59th to 72nd Street known as Riverside Park South. The first 4 phases were completed before 2008.
Phase 5, which is expected to cost $25 million, will include new plazas, play areas, a bathroom, volleyball courts, a dog run and other kinds of fields. A parks department spokesperson told us it is expected to take 18 to 24 months. During the reconstruction certain activities that usually occur in that section of the park may go away. The annual sculpture fest known as Model to Monument will be moving, for instance.
The schematic below shows what it will look like. Click it to enlarge. We have more on the reconstruction here.