219th Street at Bronx Blvd, Bronx, NY


bronx river, river access, 219, canoe, kayak

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
Shoelace Park is a one-mile ribbon of city parkland along the east bank of the Bronx River and part of the Bronx River Greenway. The northernmost paddler access point in the Bronx is near the 219th St. entrance to the park. At the top of the stairs leading down to the parkhouse from Bronx Blvd. is a granite obelisk dedicated to the neighborhood men lost in World War I. The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation has installed a rain garden at the base of the monument to capture and filter polluted stormwater run-off before it reaches the river. Across the river is the Bronx River Parkway, which originally followed the eastern border of Shoelace Park, along what are now Bronx Blvd. and the upper park pathway. When the original parkway was completed in 1925, officials also created the Bronx River Parkway Reservation, a series of parks intended to restore and protect the Bronx River as a recreational resource. Before that time, the river banks here were primarily industrial.




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