Roberto Clemente State Park

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Roberto Clemente State Park
Roberto Clemente State Park is located in New York City
Roberto Clemente State Park
Location of Roberto Clemente State Park in New York City
Type State park
Location The Bronx, New York City, NY, United States
Coordinates 40°51′18″N 73°55′12″W / 40.855°N 73.92°W / 40.855; -73.92Coordinates: 40°51′18″N 73°55′12″W / 40.855°N 73.92°W / 40.855; -73.92
Area 25 acres (10 ha)[1]
Created 1973[1]
Operated by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Visitors 1,092,606 (in 2014)[2]
Public transit access Morris Heights

Roberto Clemente State Park is a 25-acre (10 ha) state park in the Morris Heights section of The Bronx, New York in the United States. The park is in the northern part of New York City, adjacent to the Harlem River, the Major Deegan Expressway and the Morris Heights station on Metro-North's Hudson Line.

History[edit]

Roberto Clemente State Park, originally named Harlem River State Park, opened in 1973 and was the first New York state park established in an urban setting.[3][4] The park was renamed in 1974 for Roberto Clemente, the first Latino-American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Clemente was killed in an air crash while trying to assist relief efforts after the 1972 Nicaragua earthquake.[1][5]

The park benefited from the partnership of nonprofit New York Restoration Project and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.[clarification needed]

Park description[edit]

Roberto Clemente State Park offers a recreation building, a swimming pool, picnic tables, a playground, recreation programs, ball fields and basketball courts, biking, and a waterfront esplanade.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Roberto Clemente State Park". NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved November 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ "State Park Annual Attendance Figures by Facility: Beginning 2003". Data.ny.gov. Retrieved November 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Roberto Clemente State Park - Nature Up Close". NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  4. ^ Narvaez, Alfonso A. (August 16, 1973). "State Park Comes to Bronx Riverside". The New York Times. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ "State Parks Celebrates 30th Anniversary of the Renaming of Roberto Clemente State Park". NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. September 30, 2004. Archived from the original on September 24, 2006. Retrieved November 13, 2016. 

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