Randall’s Island Park Alliance Announces Opening of Hell Gate Pathway

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Completed Pathway will offer Park visitors a continuous north-south route under the iconic arches on Randall’s Island

With the opening of this pathway we are taking another important step towards increasing access for neighborhood residents, making it easier for visitors to enjoy the benefits of Randall’s Island Park.

The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) today announced the opening of a new pathway facilitating access at Randall’s Island Park for pedestrians and cyclists. The new route will run under the arches of the Hell Gate Bridge, at the center of the Park and alongside the Freshwater Wetlands. This additional middle section of pathway will add a quarter mile to the over nine miles already established on the Island.

The new middle section of pathway allows visitors to walk or bike through several unique outdoor environments and separates visitors not only from the hustle and bustle of New York City but also from active motorist roadways on Randall’s Island. Pedestrians can enjoy the impressive architecture and landscapes in fully-shaded areas or sun-filled open meadows.

This is the second phase of a three-part project, with the third and final phase coming in mid-late 2017. Expansion of the middle section of the Hell Gate Pathway was managed by the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and funded through an EPF Grant by the NYS Department of State Office of Planning & Development. Construction for the final section is funded through grants from the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation.

Aimee Boden, President of the Randall’s Island Park Alliance and NYC Park Administrator for Randall’s Island Park, commented, “With the opening of this pathway we are taking another important step towards increasing access for neighborhood residents, making it easier for visitors to enjoy the benefits of Randall’s Island Park. Improving our infrastructure for those on foot or on bicycles will draw people closer to our facilities, restored natural areas, waterfronts and open fields.”

About the Randall’s Island Park Alliance: The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA), founded in 1992, is a public-private partnership with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation that seeks to realize the unique potential of 480 waterfront parkland acres anchoring Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens. RIPA works with the City and local communities to provide an innovative and exciting destination through a wide range of sports venues, cultural events and environmental exploration. As the dedicated steward of Randall’s Island Park, the Alliance sustains, maintains, develops and programs the Park to support the wellbeing of all New Yorkers. The Park offers miles of waterfront pathways, almost 9 acres of wetlands, an urban far, a track and field stadium, a golf center, a 20-court tennis center and dozens of new playing fields, as well as the Harlem River Event Site.

Media Contacts for RIPA:

Jennifer Wainwright
Randall’s Island Park Alliance
212-830-7722
Jennifer.wainwright(at)randallsisland(dot)org

Melissa Sheer
Kent Place Communications
917-690-2199
melissa(dot)kentplacellc(dot)com

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