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Established in November 2001 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, the Bronx River Alliance, Inc. acts as a coordinated voice for the river and works collaboratively with public and private partners to protect, improve, and restore the Bronx River corridor and greenway so that they can be healthy ecological, recreational, educational, and economic resources for the Bronx communities through which the river flows.
The Alliance, through its four program areas, spearheads the efforts to create a continuous greenway and linear park, as well as a healthy and useful river for the Bronx and the entire New York community. The Education Program engages youth in the river restoration by supporting teachers who use the river as a classroom. The Outreach Program draws hundreds of youth and residents to the river through public events, like the Amazing Bronx River Flotilla in the spring and the Bronx River Golden Ball Festival in the fall. The Ecological Restoration and Management Program addresses immediate threats to the river through fieldwork and restoration, and long-term threats and issues through environmental policy and planning activities. The Greenway Program develops new open space and restores existing parks to reconnect Bronx neighborhoods to the river and enable local residents to take advantage of the river as a recreational and environmental resource. Through this work, the Alliance ensures that community residents join designers and agency representatives on equal ground to decide how parks will be designed and how projects will be implemented.
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