East Park – In Planning
East Park sits along Richmond Avenue, Staten Island’s major commercial corridor, and is bordered by the New Springville Greenway. East Park has beautiful expansive meadows and freshwater wetland ponds and creeks. It has become a favorite stopping point for some of the area’s birds, including the grasshopper sparrow. The area’s paved circular road has already been used with great enthusiasm for walking and cycling during public events.
The 480-acre East Park project will offer six miles of walking trails as well as a spectacular 3.5-mile bike loop. NYC Parks has completed the investigative work necessary to begin design of the elements of this project. This included floating a drilling rig down Richmond Creek to secure subsurface soil data. The design will include adding amenities and ensuring that the landfill infrastructure is protected. The scope of the design will be coordinated with DSNY’s maintenance and operation activities.
Anticipated as a part of the longer term plans for East Park include provisions for a roadway connection between 440 and Richmond Avenue.
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