On July 1, 2011 Secretary of State Cesar Perales joined local officials in breaking ground on a new pedestrian pathway at Randall’s Island Park in New York City. The Hell Gate Pathway will help provide unprecedented access to new parkland and open space. When completed, it will run under the scenic arches of the Hell Gate Bridge and provide pedestrians and bicyclists with an important link to the surrounding boroughs.
“I am pleased that the Department of State is helping to support the construction of this important pedestrian pathway on Randall’s Island,” said Secretary of State Perales. “This much needed amenity will provide New Yorkers with spectacular views of the city’s waterfront and provide residents of the surrounding boroughs with access to open space and recreational opportunities.”
The Department’s Division of Coastal Resources focused on increasing public access to the trailways and recreational facilities on the Island, with a particular emphasis on increasing access from the recreationally underserved neighborhoods of East Harlem and the South Bronx. Over the years, DOS has awarded more than $11 million to the project through its Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. The funds assisted with the planning and development of recreational amenities, the pedestrian pathway system, and restoration of the island shoreline, freshwater wetlands and salt marshes.