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Bronx Park, laid out on 718 acres (2.91 km2) along the Bronx River in the Bronx, New York City, is the home of the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo. Bicycle paths go northwest, north, and east, along Mosholu Parkway, Bronx River Parkway, and Pelham Parkway respectively. The east end of Fordham Road is inside the park, at an interchange with the Pelham and Bronx River Parkways, and divides the park roughly in half, with the Botanical Garden occupying most of the north half and the Zoo most of the south. The Bronx River Parkway runs north / south near the eastern edge. The park is operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. The East Coast Greenway travels through Bronx Park.
The land for Bronx Park was acquired with funds authorized by the 1884 New Parks Act. The original 640 acres (2.6 km2) were acquired in 1888-1889. The northernmost 250 acres (1.0 km2) were allocated in 1891 to the New York Botanical Society. Another 250 acres (1.0 km2) was allocated in 1898 to the New York Zoological Society. An additional 66 acres (270,000 m2) were acquired in 1906, at the southeast end of the park; this area is now known as Ranaqua, and is where the Parks headquarters is located.
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