Residents celebrate the trasformation of the Bronx River

It runs through the heart of the borough and it's a total of 23 miles long and getting cleaner every day. Once known for industrial waste, the Bronx River is now a symbol of rebirth. Residents celebrated its transformation during the fifth annual Bronx River Golden Ball at Bronx Park.

Volunteers, lawmakers and community groups came together to highlight the river's importance to The Bronx. After spending the morning cleaning up its banks, residents enjoyed dancing, food and speeches from lawmakers who pledged to continue the cleanup effort.

The parks commissioner says the days when the river was a final stop for sewage and abandoned cars are long gone. Now the department is creating parks along the riverbanks where kids can play.

The Bronx River is the only freshwater river in all of New York City.

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