From the department of flying way too low under the radar, here's our first look at the remade Concrete Plant Park in the Crotona Park section of The Bronx. A neighborhood activists' dream for the better part of the decade, the park occupies the site of an abandoned—yes—concrete plant, on the banks of the Bronx River between the Bruckner Expressway and Westchester Avenue (below). What makes this 2.7 acre park unique in the new-generation of NYC greenspace, however, is the degree to which the numerous industrial objects that defined the site have been kept and reworked into its fabric. The park apparently opened to the public earlier this month; while we plan to get our asses up there, anyone had a look around and want to shed more light?
And now, from Concrete Plant Park, let's head to another Bronx waterfront site in the making...
Meanwhile, further east by the Whitestone Bridge, is an even larger undeveloped waterfront space, Ferry Point Park. It's been in the news for most of this decade, too, as an ambitious plan to redevelop a large portion of the site into a golf course went nowhere. But now, reports the Architect's Newspaper, there's finally a plan for action. Behold the renderings for phase one of the park's waterfront makeover, designed by Thomas Balsley Associates (with 'comfort stations' by Karen Bausman + Associates), due for completion in 2013. The design emphasizes the park's connection to the land, going so far as descending parkgoers down literally to the edge of the East River. More info and renderings over at A/N.
Behold, the two new Bronx parks, in context: