Active and passive recreation added at Highland Park
by Andrew Shilling
Oct 16, 2013 | 921 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Elected officials cut the ribbon on renovated paths through Highland Park and around the park's Ridgewood Reservoir.
Elected officials cut the ribbon on renovated paths through Highland Park and around the park's Ridgewood Reservoir.
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Home to over 100 species of birds, Highland Park, is now a safer place for families and wildlife alike in both Queens and Brooklyn following a city-funded overhaul project.

The installation of nature and exercise paths comes as part of a $6.92 million PlaNYC construction project, funding allocated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica White joined Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and community members at the basins of the Ridgewood Reservoir in the park along Vermont Place Tuesday morning for the official grand opening of the paths.

“The Ridgewood Reservoir park now offers both active and a passive recreation in an historic setting,” Crowley said. “The revitalization will enrich Ridegwood and surrounding communities as a great spot for biking or jogging or to study nature.”

While plans to decommission the Ridgewood Reservoir is still in the early planning phases and could be years away, it seems as though the city has taken the nature preservationist route in supporting with the project.

“Soon signage and maps funded by my office will be erected on site and I will continue my commitment to fund phase two and for more green space throughout the district," Crowley said.

The Ridgewood Reservoir was once the main water supplier for Brooklyn from 1858 to 1859 as well as a backup supplier for both Brooklyn and Queens until 1989.

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