YONKERS CITY COUNCIL MAJORITY LEADER CORAZON PINEDA ISAAC SPEAKS ON THE NEED FOR THE PROJECT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. By John F. Bailey. June 9, 2021:
Plans for what could be a Westchester Riviera or a ” Playland West”were announced by County Executive George Latimer this morning, delaring Westchester County would fund $10 Million of a $20 Million Hudson-side park that would run about a 1/3 of a mile on a 9 acre stretch of Hudson River shoreline between overgrown county owned property just above the Yonkers Westchester Wastewater Treatment plant and run north to the Domino Sugar Plant from 1 Fernbrook Street where the wastewater plant is to 1 Federal Street (the entrance to Domino).
The park is to be created, Mayor Mike Spano of Yonkers said by Yonkers acquiring the All County Bus complex that currently is adjacent the County-owned land shown in Mr. Alvarado’s video above. The extent of the bus mustering lot takes up a rough 90% of the planned site. Across the street from the park is a visual arts production studio and other industrial and office businesses. It is a heavily industrialized area, similar to Westmoreland Avenue in White Plains.
If the park is turned into all waterfront, as County Legislator Jose Alvarado envisions in his segment, (previously above the 9 acre new water front would by 1/3 of a mile, compared to the “Bronx Riviera,” Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay which is 1.1 miles long or 28 acres long. The beach or waterfront, this reporter believes would match the Playland Beach, and the Mamaroneck Beach Harbor Park and the City of Rye Beach just south of Playland Beach, (but that is just my eyeball estimate).
Mayor Spano told WPCNR people swim in the Hudson now at this general location and the water was safe to swim. A person familiar with the plant operation said the discharge from the plant of treated wastewater is released in the middle of the Hudson River which makes the purity of the water at the shores less a threat from the discharged plant-treated water.
Mayor Spano said there is currently a concept design for the park, which WPCNR has requested. Mayor Spano said this would be a Yonkers-created project which would be created by the City of Yonker, but cautioned the concept is very fluent at this time and will be further developed by the city of Yonkers.
There was no timetable announced for when the project would acquire the property, the bus staging lot. The Majority Leader of the Yonkers City Council Corazon Pineda Isaac said the openair spacious recreation area would revitalize the single homes in the neighborhood surrounding the new park all of which would be in walking distance.