Opened in 1973 as Harlem River Park, Roberto Clemente State Park is a 25-acre waterfront venue located along the Harlem River in the Bronx offering year-round recreational and cultural activities. MNLA was commissioned to improve three key aspects of the site.
Following Hurricane Sandy, the condition of the bulkhead at Roberto Clemente State Park was extremely poor. Rather than simply repair in kind, New York State Parks and the design team agreed that a more dynamic and interactive relationship between land and water could be possible along this Harlem River eastern shoreline site. The 13,330 sf Inter-Tidal Pool is a dynamic landscape system that will change daily based on tidal elevation, precipitation, and season. An important objective of the project is to bring park users into this environment, creating an experience that is rare in urban areas. Two elevated walkways will provide a unique experience by allowing users to move above the tidal marsh, and a getdown will allow them to descend into the marsh and view the stone-lined tidal pools at close range. Interpretive signage and space for school groups to congregate will create a local environmental educational experience in a neighborhood that currently has limited access to waterfront ecosystems.
The Inter-Tidal Pool is one of several MNLA projects in this park that create engaging conditions for families to interact with their nearby waterways.