‘It represents the future’ – $87M restoration project on Orchard Beach Pavilion begins
New York City leaders broke ground Tuesday on an $87 million restoration project on the historic Orchard Beach Pavilion.
The goal of the project is to restore its past beauty, while also updating it for the future needs of the community.
Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson called Orchard Beach a part of the fabric of the Bronx where generations of families still come together every summer.
“It represents the past, it represents the present, but it also represents the future,” said Gibson. “This is going to be a beacon of tourism and economic development and so much stability."
On Tuesday, elected officials joined the Parks Department and the city's Economic Development Corporation to break ground on the project, which is also known as the Bronx Rivera.
City officials say the project will restore architecture, like the blue tiles and decorative floors, but will also provide greater accessibility and amenities for beachgoers.
Bronx Council Member Amanda Farias called the investment “revolutionary.”
"We want people to come back and remember the good times that they had here growing up, but also be able to see a modern look to bring businesses back in a more modern way," she said.
The NYC Economic Development Corporation says the restoration project should be finished by the 2025 beach season.