Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

September 22, 2023

Dan Keefe | (518) 486-1868 |

State Parks Reopens Track and Field at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park in Harlem

Renovations Include New Locker Facilities at New York City's Most Visited Park

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) today announced the track and field at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park in Harlem is up and running after a $5 million renovation. The facilities reopened after a six-month renovation project that included a complete resurfacing of the track and field and drainage improvements.

"This investment by New York State and the improvements made are so important for Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park and the neighborhood," said State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid. "This project is crucial for the families in West Harlem to keep the park thriving. Thanks to the support from Governor Hochul plus state and local leaders, we point to this park as a special green space for both athletics and the arts."

Last December, Governor Hochul announced a $26 million investment and comprehensive renovation to the Park, which is one of the most surprising waterfront properties in Manhattan. Improvements included the installation of new lighting towers to better facilitate evening competitions, activities and events, and an upgrade to the community garden to include new raised garden beds and a public learning garden, ADA accessibility enhancements, improved drainage and water supply.

This year, State Parks finished the full rehabilitation of the 30-year-old locker room facilities in the athletics complex. The full renovation of the aquatics center's locker rooms, reception area, and staff facilities is underway. The aquatics locker room project is expected to be completed in spring 2024.

Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park welcomes more than three million people each year. It has been West Harlem's recreational and cultural hub for over 30 years. It serves as a community resource for an area that was once isolated from the Hudson River and provides a four-season recreational resource for a traditionally underserved community.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which saw a record 79.5 million visits in 2022. For more information on any of these recreation areas, visit, download the free NY State Parks Explorer app or call 518.474.0456. Join us in celebrating our Centennial throughout 2024, and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and the OPRHP Blog

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