VIDEO: Lucy Aponte Shares the Story of Soundview Park

Soundview Park
Bronx Community Health Network's Bronx REACH CHAMPS team recently spoke with Lucy Aponte, founder of the Friends of Soundview Park, about her journey to bring programming and activities to the park starting in 2001. Ms. Aponte's persistence and determination eventually paid off in helping to revitalize Soundview Park, which features new programs and equipment that have made the beautiful location a hit with the community once again.

Watch the video below to find out more.


Bronx River, Bronx River Ave. bet. Lafayette Ave., Surf Dr.

Called the “Gateway to the Bronx River,” Soundview Park is situated where the Bronx River opens into the East River. When the City of New York acquired the original 93 acres of land for this park in 1937, the entire area was composed of marshland.

For a good chunk of its history, Soundview Park was a partially developed park built on a landfill. The southern third was once open water, while the remaining 2/3 of the park was tidal marsh, complete with three streams. Landfill operations began in the 1920s and lasted forty years. The landfill increased the height of the shoreline up to 30 feet above the marsh elevation, decreasing public access to the water. Happily, the park is now revered for its sports fields, fishing, and gorgeous views across Hunts Point to Manhattan.

Today, the 205-acre park offers six grass baseball fields, a cricket pitch, a running track, a soccer field, six basketball courts, six handball courts, a running track with synthetic turf field, walking/biking paths and a new performance lawn.