Environment & Open Space
Protecting Our Environment
Guided by the principles of environmental justice and sustainable development, Borough President Diaz has supported innovative initiatives to create a greener and more environmentally sustainable Bronx.
Promoting Green & Sustainable Development
Borough President Diaz has advocated for the incorporation of environmentally sustainable design in development projects and now requires certified sustainable design for any housing development receiving Borough President capital funding. Through the Bronx Initiative for Energy & Environment at the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, the Borough President has also supported the construction of green roofs, green school yards, cleaner transportation, and increased energy efficiency.
Cleaning Up the Environment
Borough President Diaz is engaged in efforts to reduce pollution. Through his participation on the Hunts Point Monitoring Committee, the Bronx Borough President's Office has promoted community oversight for the waste water treatment plant upgrade project in Hunts Point. This resulted in improved environmental outcomes and a $20 million community benefits commitment from DEP that will fund public spaces and recreational areas. The Borough President also participates in the state’s Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program, which helps communities develop plans to clean up polluted land for beneficial development.
Improving Waterfront Access and Green Spaces
By funding and participating in the planning of new park initiatives, Borough President Diaz is working to ensure that all Bronxites have access to open spaces and waterfronts. Parks provide recreation facilities, the opportunity to explore natural resources, and enhance the quality of life in the borough.
Greenways are linear parks that provide pathways for recreation and transportation. They can serve as links between neighborhoods and larger parks. To improve The Bronx’s greenways, the Borough President's office convened a Greenway Task Force with government and community partners. The Greenway Task Force’s recommendations included more than doubling the 40 miles of existing greenways and bike routes.
One of The Bronx’s greatest assets is its 75 miles of waterfront. The Borough President’s Waterfront Task Force developed a Waterfront Plan to improve public access, protect natural habitats and support maritime industry. The Borough President's Office has dedicated funds to waterfront projects including Belden Point, Castle Avenue Outlook, Concrete Plant Park and the Harlem River.
The Bronx is a borough of parks with 7,000 acres of parkland covering about 25 percent of its total area. The Bronx is experiencing the largest investment in parks since the 1930’s. Borough President Diaz has been working with the Department of Parks and Recreation to implement a Bronx-wide park capital reconstruction plan. These plans include new parks (Barretto Point and Riverside Parks in Hunts Point, Grant Avenue Park in the Mt. Eden area); park reconstruction (Story Park and Playground, St. James Park on Jerome Avenue, Sachkerah Woods in Van Cortlandt Park, Ambrosini Field on City Island, Seton Falls Park); and the restoration of Croton Park’s Indian Lake.
The Borough President’s Office has been working with the Parks Department to identify locations for over 80,000 new trees across the Bronx, as part of the PLANYC Million Trees Initiative, the Yankee Stadium Tree Replacement Project and the Croton Water Filtration Project.