THE BRONX - The Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Parks and Recreation are coming together in an effort to restore Soundview Park.

The organizations awarded a $4 million contract to a Long Island construction company to make over three acres of the park in the wetlands north of the lagoon.

Developers will plant about 5,000 trees, which officials say is necessary to provide a habitat for birds and marine life, to improve the water quality and to promote a healthier ecosystem.

Once the restoration is complete, the contract also includes an addition $1.3 million option to build a bike path and educational center.

Construction is expected to start in the next few weeks and be completed sometime next year.