Riverbank State Park



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Riverbank State Park is a 28-acre (11 ha) park built on the top of a sewage treatment facility on the Hudson River, in the New York City borough of Manhattan.
The park includes an Olympic-size swimming pool (home to the Redtails swim team), a covered skating rink for roller skating in the summer and ice-skating in the winter, an 800-seat cultural theater, a 2,500-seat athletic complex with fitness room, and a 150-seat restaurant. Bicycling is strictly forbidden. A popular work is the Totally Kid Carousel created by Maria Reidelbach and Milo Mottola.
Riverbank State Park is located on the West Side Highway from 137th Street to 145th Street in Upper Manhattan. The Riverbank State Park is the only state park within Manhattan (since Hudson River Park is only partly a State Park), Riverbank State Park is built over the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant, which processes 125 million gallons of wastewater every day during dry weather, and Riverbank State Park is designed to handle up to 340 million gallons a day when the weather is wet. The park is 69 feet (21 m) above the Hudson. The plant claims that its state of the art facility emits no odors, though frequent visitors to the park would disagree. The plant sits on 2,300 caissons pinned into bedrock up to 230 feet (70 m) beneath the river. The plant was completed in two phases between 1986 and 1991.
Riverbank State Park was designed by Dattner Architects and Abel Bainnson Butz Landscape Architects, and opened in 1993. Riverbank State Park has become one of the most heavily used State Parks in NY. The 28-acre (11 ha) site includes synthetic sport surfaces as well as several acres of "green roofs" depths of soil supporting plantings and trees up to 35 feet (11 m) high. At this time, this is the largest "green" roof in NYC.