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New Parks Opens on Roosevelt Island

December 24, 2021

Roosevelt Island just got a little bit bigger! Well, sort of.

An $11 million project expanding access to the waterfront park on Roosevelt Island opened last month, giving people the chance to walk closer to our island’s shoreline than ever before.

The project was first announced in early 2020, described as a necessary step to rehabilitate the decaying seawall at Southpoint Park, on the island’s southern end.

The seven-acre park originally debuted in August 2011, however, just one year later Superstorm Sandy damaged much of the park’s original vegetation and public green spaces.

Now complete, the new walkways and lookout points are lined with 34,000 square feet of native fauna and large stones strategically placed to mitigate erosion and improve storm resiliency.

“The reality is that we’re seeing more cases of extreme weather caused by climate change wreaking havoc on our communities, and we need to build up resiliency to this threat,” said New York Governor Kathy Hochul. “Not only will Southpoint Park’s new promenades offer amazing views and access to Roosevelt Island’s rich history, but the improvements made to the shoreline will help ensure the island is protected from the impacts of extreme weather for years to come.”

The revitalization project began in July 2020, and according to the project team, was finished ahead of schedule and under budget.

Have you been down to the visit this new park on the south shore of Roosevelt Island yet? It’s just a short walk away from The Octagon.

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