Riverdale Park

Hudson River, W 254 St., Palisade Avenue. Bronx, New York 

97.19 acres

The park is located just below Riverdale Railway Station at West 254th Street in the Bronx. It extends south all the way to West 232nd Street.


History:

2001  --  the Forest Restoration Team of the City of New York planted 5,257 tree saplings in the park.

2004  --  Wave Hill volunteers planted white pine and holly trees to create a smooth visual transition between the Herbert and Hyonja Abrons Woodland and Riverdale Park.

2004  --  The NYC Parks Department is continuing to restore the Alderbrook section of Riverdale Park by planting native, herbaceous forest vegetation to reduce soil loss along the slopes.

Another goal is to support restoration of the wetlands at the outlet of Alder Brook in Riverdale Park.


Habitats:

50 oak-hickory forested acres, successional forest

Source: http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/historical_signs/hs_historical_sign.php?id=11134


Trails:

Right now the status of trails is not too good.  "The sidewalk along the eastern edge of the park, the only side accessible to foot traffic, is rapidly reverting back to nature. It is buckled and warped, a hazard to careless pedestrians."  (posted June 7, 2004 by Mike on the 10,000 Birds Blog website: http://www.1000brids.com)

Will be part of the Hudson River Valley Greenway.  Access to the river itself can be from the stairs at the Riverdale Station or at 254th Street

From the south, the trail will hopefully head north from the Spuyten Duyvil triangle and Spuyten Duyvil Shorefront Park.  The next stop would be Dodge Dock located in Riverdale Park at about 247th Street. The next location of the trail will be at the Riverdale Railway Station.