New Stapleton Waterfront Park Opens on Staten Island's North Shore
Park Brings Green Waterfront Access to Stapleton and Surrounding Community
Accompanies Mixed-Use Development of Waterfront Including 900 Rental Apartments and 35,000 sq. ft. of Commercial Space
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Department of Parks and Recreation, New York State Department of State, Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, Council Member Debi Rose and New York State Assembly Member Matthew Titone today announced the opening of New Stapleton Waterfront Park, a public access esplanade that will connect Stapleton and surrounding neighborhoods with new access to the waterfront. The six acre park includes grass and landscaped areas, benches, water fountains, a fish cleaning station, and lit walkways. The City completed major road reconstruction and created the waterfront park to facilitate community connections and bring more open space to Staten Island’s North Shore.
“NYCEDC remains committed to ensuring that the Stapleton community is a vibrant neighborhood where residents can work, live and play,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “This dynamic public space activates a historic waterfront that will connect communities and build on other development efforts along the North Shore such as The New York Wheel, Empire Outlets, Lighthouse Point and more.”
“We are delighted to add yet another distinguishable feature to Staten Island and I am certain that the residents and neighbors of this community will also enjoy this beautiful new park,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “We appreciate the support from our partners at EDC, the Department of State, and Borough President Oddo.”
"The opening of this park nicely complements the renaissance that is taking place along the North Shore," said Borough President James Oddo. "The park will surely become a waterfront haven thanks to its proximity to URBY and the rest of the 'Core Four' projects. Creating this green space is an important step in the major redevelopment that is going to transform the North Shore and increase activity along the waterfront."
“Our waterfronts belong to all Staten Islanders, and the opening of this beautiful park brings everyone a little closer to the waterfront,” said Council Member Debi Rose. “Parks like these are an important reminder that we live on an island and that our waterfront presents boundless opportunities for recreation and for commerce. They also remind us of the importance of being good stewards of our environment – because we want future generations to enjoy the waterfront as well. I thank everyone whose work and vision made this park a reality, including the NYC Economic Development Corporation, the Parks Department and Ironstate.”
"The Stapleton waterfront has come a long way since I lived in the neighborhood as a young man,” said Assemblyman Matthew Titone. “This park adds a vital component of water front public access to the North Shore's resurgence of commercial development and housing. This park will be an asset for those presently living in the neighborhood as well as those to come."
“The New York Department of State is happy to support the revitalization of the New Stapleton Waterfront,” said Acting Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. “These improvements provide vital access to the waterfront and will spur economic and recreational opportunities for Staten Island communities.”
The New Stapleton Waterfront is an important milestone in the neighborhood’s growth with its central location and close proximity to public transportation. This redevelopment will anchor the revitalization of Bay Street and the Stapleton community, which is currently undergoing a neighborhood rezoning process to spur mixed-use development and economic growth. Through this project and others along the North Shore, NYCEDC has worked to transform the area into a dynamic hub that will create economic growth and thousands of jobs, support existing waterfront amenities and provide new waterfront uses.
The park accompanies a robust redevelopment effort along the waterfront that includes 900 new rental apartments and over 35,000 square feet of commercial space as part of Ironstate Development’s URBY Staten Island project. The creation of New Stapleton Waterfront Park and other redevelopment efforts have created over 1,100 construction jobs and 150 permanent jobs.
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