The new NYC Parks facility, in construction at Starlight Park, Bronx River House, will be the base of operations for the restoration and management of the Bronx River and its Greenway. The building will offer community space for indoor-outdoor activities, and will serve as the headquarters for the Bronx River Alliance.
The approximately 7,000 sq ft facility includes a boat house capable of storing dozens canoes and kayaks, an administrative and office area, and a nature classroom and multipurpose community room.
The project features energy efficiency and water conservation elements, such a screen wall made of galvanized steel and mesh that wraps the entire building for vines to grow creating a favorable microclimate, transpiring water collected from the roof during hot months to significantly lower the air temperature around the building envelope. It also includes a ground source heat pump with radiant floor heating, a photovoltaic system mounted on the roof, and a rainwater harvesting system.
Architect: Kiss + Cathcart Architects
2008 Award for Excellence in Design, Public Design Commission of the City of New York. Striving for a LEED* Platinum certification.
*Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Join the critical public meeting and provide your input on:
How is the Bronx River part of your life?
How do you use the Bronx River?
Why it is important to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSO) that pollute the Bronx River?
What is your vision for the Bronx River?
Thanks to the tremendous efforts of community leaders, concerned citizens and government officials, the Bronx River has seen a remarkable come-back from the 1970's when it was an abandoned dumping ground. Today, over 5,000 recreational boaters enjoy the Bronx River every year, and hundreds of school children and teachers use the river as an outdoor classroom. A testament of the progress we've made together came in 2012, when the National Park Service designated the Bronx River as a National Water Trail.
The City's Dept. of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) will present information about the Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) to clean up the Bronx River. The LTCP is required by the Clean Water Act, which regulates pollution and sets water quality standards for our nation's waterways.
The Bronx River Alliance calls on NYC DEP to comply with the Clean Water Act and raise the quality of the Bronx River so that it meets the federal goal of fishable and swimmable, or in other words: safe for primary contact.
This is your chance to make your voices heard and impact the future of the Bronx River!When:
Thursday, 12 February 2015 at 6:00pm to 8:00pmWhere:
Casita Maria Center for Arts & EDUCATION
928 Simpson Street, 6th Floor, Bronx, NY 10459
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Coming to the meeting on Feb 12 and speaking first-hand to your LOVE for the river and how you've used and enjoyed it in the past, or would like to in the future, will send the most powerful message to DEP regarding the future clean up of the river. If you cannot attend or want to submit comments following the meeting you may also submit your comments to DEP LTCP@dep.nyc.gov.