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Bronx's historic Orchard Beach Pavilion now has $50M for restoration

The de Blasio administration has committed $20M to the renovation

A section of the pavilion is visible here with the existing gift shops in focus. Via NYC Parks Department

Plans to renovate the Bronx’s historic Orchard Beach Pavilion are moving forward with additional funds from Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York Daily News reports. At a press conference on Friday, the mayor committed $20 million to restoring the waterfront structure, which has been shuttered since 2007.

That brings the total number of funds committed to its repair to $50 million. Early last year, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. announced that he had earmarked $10 million from his capital budget to renovate the structure, which opened amid much fanfare in 1936. Since then, Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Assembly speaker Carl Heastie have also committed $10 million to the project.

The city hasn’t yet announced how long it will take for the majestic pavilion to reopen, but it’s fair to expect it’ll be a few years at least. At its peak the pavilion came with 5,000 lockers and a 500 seat restaurant. The announcement comes just a few days after the city’s beaches opened for the summer season.