Bronx REACH CHAMPS Releases Guides for Seven Locals Parks and Open Spaces

The Bronx Community Health Network-led Bronx REACH CHAMPS initiative is proud to announce the development and release of guides for seven Bronx parks and open spaces have been developed.

The seven guides, prepared by New Yorkers for Parks, include information on the following: Poe Park, St. James Park, Devoe Park, Aqueduct Walk, Soundview Park, Seton Falls Park and Shoelace Park.

Over the summer, the Bronx REACH CHAMPS Coalition sponsored community-based public events at these seven locations to raise awareness, increase park access, and enhance current parks programming for community residents.

Each colorful 11" x 17" guide features the following:
- Brief history of the park
- Directions and transportation information
- Visitor's map
- List of park-specific facilities and available activities
- Checklist of park activities requiring a permit from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
- Instructions on how to obtain park permits
- Current programming specific to each park
- Contact information for NYC council representatives whose community district includes each park

Download the park guides in English and Spanish at the links below:

Devoe Park
English / Spanish

St. James Park
English / Spanish

Poe Park
English / Spanish

Aqueduct Walk
English / Spanish

Seton Falls Park
English / Spanish

Shoelace Park
English / Spanish

Soundview Park
English / Spanish

In 2014, Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) applied for and received a three-year Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bronx REACH CHAMPS program was then created with a goal to reduce obesity and improve the overall health and wellness of the Bronx’s culturally and ethnically diverse population. BCHN formed a coalition to tackle the root causes of the problem with partners Acacia Network/Promesa; Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Montefiore Office of Community and Population Health; Montefiore School of Health Program; NYC Health + Hospitals, Gotham Health-Segundo Ruiz Belvis and The Bronx Health Link. The team has implemented a number of nutrition and physical activity interventions that have shown great promise in changing policies, systems and environments that support access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables and options for active living. Find out more at

Bronx Community Health Network, Inc. (BCHN) is a non-profit Federally Funded Health Center that sponsors 17 community- and school-based health centers, owned and operated by Montefiore Medical Center and the Acacia Network. Serving more than 100,000 individuals from the Bronx each year, BCHN health centers offer Bronx residents affordable, quality medical care and related health services regardless of immigration status, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, or ability to pay. Through its centers, individuals have access to comprehensive patient-centered care, including support services such as social workers, health educators, and nutritionists. Through its community based programs, BCHN promotes healthy lifestyles through health-related events; and links and refers community members to health care and other social support services. To find out more, visit

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