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Spano Announces Plans For South Yonkers Public 'Greenway'

Yonkers may soon see more areas like Van der Donck Park with the South Yonkers Park Greenway.
Yonkers may soon see more areas like Van der Donck Park with the South Yonkers Park Greenway. Photo Credit: The Daily Voice File Photo

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Yonkers residents may soon get a new link between the Waterfront district and South Yonkers with Mayor Mike Spano's announcement of plans for the "South Yonkers Public Greenway."

Reutilizing an area that was one of the first transit oriented developments in the nation, the new Greenway would provide a recreational and commuter link between neighborhoods in South Yonkers including the Downtown-Waterfront district, Van Cortlandt Park and the New York City Subway, offering biking, jogging and play areas for youth, as well as new housing and community space.

"This was once a place where Yonkers residents would get on the Putnam Railroad's commuter line and head to Manhattan or Getty Square to work, shop or dine," Spano said in a statement. "Today, with the support of our federal and state delegation, City Council and partners like Groundwork Hudson Valley, we are continuing our city-wide restoration efforts, unveiling the untapped opportunity and potential of Yonkers historic neighborhoods."

Groundwork Hudson Valley, an environmental justice non-profit organization that has partnered with the City on the project, secured a $186,529 U.S Environmental Protection Agency grant to commence an area-wide Brownfields Plan that will explore and evaluate the feasibility of renewal opportunities.

“Groundwork is really pleased to accept this EPA grant on behalf of the community alliance working to renew the Lawrence Street neighborhood," Executive Director of Groundwork Hudson Valley Rick Magder said in a statement. "This project will lead to new investment in parks, commerce and housing and ties into the other exciting revitalization efforts in downtown Yonkers. We thank Mayor Spano for his strong commitment to the neighborhood and the great potential for the South Yonkers Public Greenway."

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