State park to undergo $35 million renovation

The only state park in the Bronx is getting a major facelift.

The only state park in the Bronx is getting a major facelift. (9/23/15)

MORRIS HEIGHTS - The only state park in the Bronx is getting a major facelift.

State and borough leaders announced a $35 million construction project to renovate the Roberto Clemente State Park in Morris Heights.

The goal of the project is to make the waterfront greener and more storm-resilient.

State officials say the park's bulkhead was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Rose Harvey, commissioner of the New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, says construction workers will redo the park's esplanade, which will feature green gardens and an auditorium - complete with a walkway and a bike path connecting University Heights all the way to Highbridge.

Officials say parkgoers will see changes to the upper plaza area of the park. A statue of Roberto Clemente, a pioneering Hall of Fame baseball player who the park is named after, will greet them at the entrance.

Harvey calls Roberto Clemente a great humanitarian who gave back to the people.

Officials say the project will be completed within the next two years.

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