Soundview Park

Lafayette, Bronx River, Metcalf Aves., Bronx River, Bronx, NY 

158 acres

The park is located along the east bank of the lower Bronx River as it empties into the East River.  The park is built on a landfill.


Directions:

From upstate, take Bronx River Parkway south to the last exit, Story Avenue; go through light, crossing over Story Ave and continue on Morrison 
Avenue; continue on Morrison Ave to the end (Lafayette Avenue); park your car and walk up the steps into the park.  The grounds cannot be seen from the road.
 

1920s - 1960s  -- landfill operations begun and continued.  The southern 1/3 of the park was once open water and the other 2/3 was tidal marsh complete with three streams. 

1989  --  the property was protected by a partnership of the State and the Trust for Public Land (TPL).

Most of the park was undeveloped.  It was full of weeds and garbage.

1992  --  the City released the Soundview Park Master Plan.  The plan lay dormant, but the city hoped to add a 1.3-mile greenway and begin shoreline habitat restoration on 40 acres of wetlands.

2000  --   with federal and city funding, the Parks Department completed a 1.3-mile bike trail  running along the waterfront in Soundview Park.

2001  -- the Trust for Public Land (TPL) acquired a small piece of land from a private owner in order to protect the land from development.

2002  (July 22)  --  Governor George E. Pataki announced the preservation of this 0.16-acre parcel of land to be added  to Soundview Park. The state purchased the land from the Trust for Public Land (TPL) with funds from the Intermodal Surface Transportation Enhancement Act.  The addition is west of O'Brien and Leland avenues.

The Soundview neighborhood was the location of the Amadu Diallo shooting (about which Bruce Springsteen wrote a song). The area is somewhat rundown.


Facilities:

two baseball fields, soccer (Mexican and Honduran immigrants)


Trails:

The 2002 land acquisition (that serves as a link to the Bronx River Trail) is a welcome addition to the development of the Bronx River Greenway