The city Parks Department on Tuesday cut the ribbon on a $6 million track and field facility in Soundview Park. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
Kids from the Bronx were heating up the track at Soundview Park Tuesday. It's brand new with a rubberized surface that is helpful for runners of all ages.
"It's good for kids and great for older people. Older folks who come out here they should get their walk on, they should get their run on without having that high impact and without hurting themselves," said USA Track and Field NY Youth Chairman Jam Shakwi.
Elected officials and community leaders joined the Parks Department cutting the ribbon on the $6 million, 400 meter track which includes areas for field events like the pole vault plus an artificial turf soccer field and adult fitness area.
"You come here on any morning and you see people of all ages exercising and you know you see the kids they just have a great time. And think any community in the country would be envious of this track," said Bronx Borough Parks Commissioner Hector Aponte.
The project was financed by a grant from the city's PlaNYC program instituted by the Bloomberg administration. It's part of a number of improvements to the park located along the Bronx River.
Neighborhood residents who spoke with NY1 were thrilled with their new track.
"I live right there so we will so our run around the block, and then come inside the park and use the track and it's beautiful, it's really nice," said one resident.
"What I really like is after the track workout we have this kind of gym over here. You can go do some pull ups, push ups, get some dips in. So, it's good," said another resident.
There are other improvements on the way for Soundview, including a new playground, bathrooms, an amphitheater, dog run, and biking and walking trails.