On Saturday, October 20, community groups have organized the 2012 Harlem River Festival – a Party on the River and the Land. Plans include a week of events leading up to the Festival and centering on the Bronx’ own New York State Park: Roberto Clemente State Park, which has docks providing access onto the water.
The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey stated: “NY State Parks is pleased to host the Harlem River Festival at Roberto Clemente State Park. This was our first State Park in New York City and was built in 1973 as part of a innovative new community along the Harlem River. Five of the six State Parks in NYC are on the waterfront, and our parks were incubators for the redevelopment of industrial sites along the waterways of NYS’s largest City. Connecting the community to the Harlem River is important to our mission of serving our patrons and a strategic goal for this park.”