A section of Riverside Park that had been closed for restoration for years reopened on Thursday. Riverside Park South from West 65th to 68th Streets includes new paths, stairs, and plazas; a playground and swings; lawns, sand volleyball courts, and a dog run.
The city also says it widened the bicycle path from West 62nd to West 69th streets.
The new section also includes a new path into the park.
The project cost $21.1 million and was funded by federal, city, and private sources. It has been delayed for a while. The city had expected to open the playground and plaza in 2018.
Riverside Park South is being constructed in six phases. “Phases I through IV opened between 2001 and 2008, and work on Phase VI is expected to begin in the coming months,” according to the Parks Department. “When complete, the total park site will encompass 32 acres.”