Image: Google Maps, August 14, 2015.
Ferry Point Park in the South Bronx, Google satellite view. The original
Ferry Point park is outlined in two colors. When the park opened in 1941 it
was one big, spectacular park, but since 2015 the larger western section is
a “world class” Trump golf course, outlined in blue.
Construction began in the 2000s during the Bloomberg administration.
The land (approximately 100 acres) was acquired by the city in 1937 to serve
as the Bronx end of the Whitestone
Bridge, itself a New Deal project. The 1941 Parks Department press
release announcing the opening of the park credits the WPA some role
in the construction (there is probably much more to the story but this will
serve for now to verify the New Deal connection):
Construction work in connection with the development of Ferry Point Park,
located on the 171 acre East River Bronx Shore promontory which supports the
north anchorage of the Whitestone Bridge has been completed ... since the
opening of the bridge. A permanent feature of this new park is an overlook
35' above the water. A combination comfort station and storage building at
the rear of the overlook is bounded on three sides with a brick-paved
portico. The south side facing the river is joined to the overlook by a
brick surfaced terrace. Although the main interest of the park is passive
recreation, two baseball diamonds have been1 provided, but will not be
available for use this summer because the areas have been newly seeded ...
The former meadow areas were brought to grade by hydraulic fill supplied
under contract. The remainder of the development was constructed by the
Work Projects Administration from plans prepared under the
supervision and approval of the Department of Parks.
Point Park - History, NY City Parks Department website (accessed 27 June
Parks Department Press Release, August 11, 1941.
Recreation Center Nearing Completion”, New York Times,
August 11, 1941.
- González, Juan, “Donald
Trump's new golf course at Ferry Point Park in Bronx has become $230 million
sand trap for taxpayers, but a big bonanza for real estate mogul,
New York Daily News, April 3, 2015.
- Bellafante, Ginia,
Golf Course, a Lesson in Inequality”, New York Times,
July 2, 2015.