Grand Changes at Riverbank State Park
On September 5th, Governor Cuomo dedicated and renamed Riverbank State Park as Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park in Harlem, NY. Herman “Denny” Farrell, Jr. represented the 71st Assembly District in Manhattan for 42 years, and retired this past summer. Along with the park, the Governor dedicated a $25 million pedestrian and bicyclist bridge over the Henry Hudson Parkway.
On September 28th, The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) opened the first public greenhouse at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park. The $775,000 project was funded through Governor Cuomo's NY Parks 2020 program, and $300,000 in grants from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and New York City Councilman Mark Levine.
OPRHP is partnering with The Horticultural Society of New York ("The Hort"), and will have year-round education classes on growing fresh produce, summer camp programs for kids, link up with Harlem public schools, and give Harlem residents access to fresh foods at the park through a youth-run farmers’ market.