On September 9, NYC H2O launched our series called “Walking the Harlem River,” supported in part by a grant from the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program and the Hudson River Foundation. For the first walk in the series, Nathan Kensinger and Duane Bailey-Castro led a group of 16 eager participants for a two-hour hike along the river. The group included residents from all over New York City but primarily from the Bronx. The group visited High Bridge Park, Bridge Park, and Roberto Clemente State Park. A thunderstorm during the walk provided a dramatic illustration of the issues of stormwater flooding and sewage overflows for the group, and prompted more discussion about Hurricane Sandy, climate change, and restoration efforts at Roberto Clemente State Park including new rain gardens and an intertidal wetland.
We’re also grateful for the support of CM Stevens for this Bronx community programming.