Randalls Island Park

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RISF’s signature facility on Randall’s Island, Icahn Stadium, was opened on April 23, 2005. The Stadium, a world-class track & field facility, is capable of hosting local, regional and national events. Currently, over 60 new and improved sports playing fields are under development and will vastly increase the amount of playing time available for New York City children. Click here for more information. sportsfields Additional projects include a new Boardwalk just adjacent to the Stadium, leading to the Little Hell Gate Inlet – where a restored salt marsh and freshwater wetlands will soon improve water quality and wildlife habitat. This Boardwalk will also connect to roughly a mile of visible and accessible pedestrian and bicycle trails between the Inlet and the 103rd Street Footbridge from Manhattan, with interpretive signage and increased access to waterfront resources and current and future Park facilities. Upcoming projects include a 20-court Tennis Center, a Visitors/Nature Center, additional pathway sections, and extensive environmental restoration. Programming at Randall’s Island includes visits by Cirque du Soleil and an annual summer concert series. RISF also runs its free Randall’s Island Kids (RIK) youth programs at the Park. Working in partnership with local public schools and community-based organizations in Harlem and the South Bronx, RIK brings thousands of children to the Park each year for a range of free sports and environmental education activities. These programs will continue to grow in terms both of capacity and complexity as new recreational, athletic and environmental facilities are developed. RISF’s Management, Restoration & Development Plan is being carried out through a carefully calibrated balance of individual, corporate and foundation philanthropy and public funding, alongside private investment in facilities planned to generate much-needed revenue toward Park maintenance. The Foundation is a model for urban renewal and revitalization as it works on the most important new recreational resource in New York City.