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New Springville Greenway

Staten Island, New York<br style='line-height:2px'>New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

HAKS provided multidisciplined services, including site investigation, land surveying, geotechnical engineering and environmental permitting, for a 3.5-mile, shared-use, fully accessible path in Staten Island for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYCDPR). The Department provided the landscape architecture and HAKS supported the Department’s effort.

Design included construction of a concrete barrier for the existing Richmond Avenue Bridge (a multi-span structure over Richmond Creek), a small simple-span pedestrian bridge over a collector stream and an overlook structure. The design required review and coordination with NYCDOT Bridges. Since sustainability in terms of future maintenance was a significant concern of the NYCDPR, HAKS provided the least-cost maintenance alternatives that included Best Management Practices for site stormwater collection and discharge. Wetland delineation was also required for the 12-foot-wide path that meanders through the urban landscape, along arterial highways, over streams and wetlands, through forested areas, neighboring homes and businesses. As the permitting agent, HAKS coordinated with various agencies for drainage, utilities and tidal wetlands.

The path ultimately provides connectivity within the Staten Island bikeway/greenbelt system from Springville to LaTourette Park, supporting both passive and active recreation. The cost of the project is $9.8 million.