Harlem River Park takes up 20 acres of the Manhattan Harlem River waterfront, east of the Harlem River Drive, from 125th to 145th streets. The park restores the community’s historic access to the Harlem River waterfront by providing pedestrian access ways over the Harlem River Drive at 135th Street and Madison Avenue, 139th Street and Fifth Avenue, and 142nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Through a partnership with the Harlem River Park Task Force , the park is at the forefront of community engagement and innovative design.
Several community visioning sessions led to the park becoming a model for ecologically sensitive habitat restoration and water filtering at the river’s edge. The Frederick Douglass Academy and various universities in New York City have taken advantage of this natural classroom and are studying contamination levels in the river, generating awareness and interest in environmental sustainability amongst community members.
The Harlem River Park Task Force has also engaged local artists to design murals, banners and etched panels for the park and adjoining streets to celebrate the unique history and culture of East and Central Harlem.