One BX community pays price for other parks in Borough to be upgraded

City officials announced Monday a new plan for renovating 70 Bronx parks, but one neighborhood is paying the price.

From Pelham Bay Park to Melrose there will be new playgrounds, sidewalks and waterfronts thanks to the city breaking ground on more than $200 million in renovation projects.

While parks across the Borough are seeing big renovations and more money than ever before, residents of Van Cortland Park say they are paying the price. Their neighborhood is being turned upside down to make way for the water filtration plant that is funding the renovations. Many residents are dealing with construction, noise and traffic. Neighbors to construction say it is an inconvenience, but hope it will eventually pay off.

Park renovations are scheduled to be complete within the next five years and the filtration plant could take as many as 10 years to complete.

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