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Harlem River Bikeway and Esplanade Opens




Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe cuts the ribbon along with other members of the community. Courtesy of NYC Parks & Recreation/Daniel Avila
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The City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation (NYCDP&R) recently held the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Harlem River Bikeway and Esplanade. Dewberry performed inspection as well as civil and structural engineering design services to reconstruct the public bikeway and esplanade in Harlem River Park between East 139th and East 145th Streets in the Borough of Manhattan.

Dewberry designed the Harlem River Bank Restoration, incorporating solutions that support estuarine life, reduce wave energy, and provide greenery, bioremediation and safe access. Dewberry considered various alternatives before selecting gabions for the bank's edge, based on cost, durability, appearance, and local availability and installation feasibility.




Dewberry worked closely with the NYCDP&R to restore the Harlem River Bank and provide a safe and eco-friendly recreational area between East 139th and East 145th Streets in the Borough of Manhattan.

The Harlem River is a tidal estuary connecting the waters of the Hudson and East Rivers, developed as a shipping channel in the 19th century. Over the years, the sheet pile seawall protecting the bank suffered extensive corrosion and developed holes ranging from one millimeter to six millimeters. At high tide, water entered through these holes and exited at low tide. This pumping action removed soils behind the seawall creating sinkholes large enough to engulf newly planted trees and paving, which made the area unsafe.

Dewberry helped the NYCDP&R improve the quality of life by combining the design and ideas of community stakeholders to provide an environment that is safe and eco-friendly, with paths for walking, jogging and bike riding, tide pools for entertainment, and a cove for fishing and relaxation.

About Dewberry

Dewberry is a leading professional services firm with a proven history of providing architecture, engineering and management and consulting services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients' most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 40 locations and 1,800+ professionals nationwide. To learn more, visit www.dewberry.com.


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