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The Bronx River Runs Through It

In the next 30 days I can paddle 5 miles down the Bronx River, run a 10k in Bronx Park and bike the South Bronx Greenway. Yes, the Bronx, the borough which has served as a poster child for urban ills is using its river to provide exciting urbane adventures and some of the most engaging weekend activities in New York.

 A river runs through the Bronx, ties it together and is celebrated by diverse community groups. The Bronx River Alliance (BxRA), once the Bronx River Working Group, now reaching a 10 year milestone, has removed 317 tons of garbage, over 15,000 tires and almost 100 cars. The BxRA has ushered almost 8,500 people down the river and helped it become a green life line for the Bronx.

The BxRA will recognize Majora Carter, Founder of Sustainable South Bronx, for her hard work and dedication to the river and her community at their Bronx River Uptown Soiree on September 27, 2011. She was the shining knight leading the fight for the creation of Hunts Point Riverside Park. The park serves as a model of what can happen when people and communities care about their backyards.

The community banner is also carried by Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice who will sponsor the kids and novice paddle part of the Amazing Bronx River Flotilla. The Friends of Shoelace Park will hold the first ever Bronx Park Shoelace 10K Fun Run/Walk and the Friends of Brook Park and Time’s Up will co-host the Environmental Bike Tour of the South Bronx. What a cornucopia of Bronx “Green” activities.

Rivers are old-fashioned social media, their banks loitered by everyone, flowing with renewing vitality. Therein is the truth to the fountain as green, arts, gender, and community groups bathe in the beauty of the Bronx River.

*Majora Carter is featured in a photo spread in the April issue of Better Homes & Gardens page 131.

April 16, 2011 – Environmental Bike Tour of the South Bronx

April 30, 2011 – Shoelace 10K Fun Run/Walk

May 7, 2011 – The Amazing Bronx River Flotilla!


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