Janet Babin, Host, WNYC News
Janet Babin is a host and reporter at WNYC.
Southpoint Park reopened on Roosevelt Island Tuesday. The park surrounds the abandoned smallpox hospital on the island.
The 7.5 acre park was supposed to reopen months ago, but suffered numerous delays, including general construction delays and weather holdups.
Manhattan City Council member Jessica Lappin secured the $4.5 million from the capital budget needed to complete work on the park.
"For years this space was literally fenced-off and only open one day a year. Now we have reclaimed it and given it back to the public,” Lappin said.
The waterfront park features wild gardens and a walking path, open lawns and a space to fly kites. It is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and features panoramic views of Manhattan, Queens and the Brooklyn Bridge.
The State Department of New York also contributed millions to the project.