NV5 - Roberto Clemente State Park Esplanade

Roberto Clemente State Park Esplanade and Bulkhead Restoration

NV5, in partnership with CH2M, worked for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to prepare concept through final design and contract documents for replacement of the existing bulkhead and waterfront esplanade at Roberto Clemente State Park, located on the Harlem River in the Fordham section of the Bronx, New York.

The design involved the complete replacement of the aging deteriorated steel sheet-pile bulkhead and, with it, full reconstruction of the pedestrian esplanade behind it. The design of the new esplanade adds significant new greenery to the park, provides places for people to sit, accommodates cyclists passing through, and integrates adjacent unused plaza spaces. The northern end of the project features a unique semi-armored design that allows the river to inundate a portion of the park at high tide and offers people a chance to access the water.

Sustainable features include high-albedo pavement, recycled materials, porous pavers, solar lighting, and sustainable stormwater management.


Bronx, NY


New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation


Landscape Architecture

Key Facts

Press Release: Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $100 Million Transformation of Roberto Clemente State Park and Waterfront


Design Merit Award, Open Space Category, Transportation + Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards, American Institute of Architects (AIA) – New York Chapter and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) – New York Chapter (Joint Awards Program), 2018