Estella Diggs Park

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Estella Diggs Park is a 0.9-acre (0.36 ha) public park in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx. In the late 1960s, many properties in Morrisania were abandoned and demolished, leaving vacant lots that blighted the neighborhood. The New York City Parks Department acquired this property in 1978 and it was briefly used as a community garden but later again became vacant. At the time, community organizer Megan Charlop led a protest effort against the movie Fort Apache, The Bronx arguing that it negatively depicted the neighborhood. As a compromise, the producers issued a $15,000 check to the fledgling Rock Greening Association, a community land trust Charlop had helped establish to acquire the empty lot where filming took place. The lot was then given to the city.[1] In 1990, additional lots were acquired by Parks and the site was named Rocks and Roots Park.

In 2011, a complete reconstruction of the park by Nancy Owens Studio preserved its naturalistic contours while including public gathering and sitting areas, handicapped-accessible walking paths and landscaped gardens. On November 7, 2011, the park was renamed for Estella Diggs in a ceremony attended by Diggs, local community leaders and a choir from Diggs’ church.[2] In May 2012, the corner of Fulton Avenue nad East 167th Street facing the park was co-named Megan Charlop Way in honor of her efforts in transforming the undeveloped lot into a public space.[1]

In 2015, construction commenced on the lowland section of the park, expanding its lawns, paths and seating areas.[3] The park reopened to the public on August 29, 2017.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Meg Charlop's Way: Taking on 'Fort Apache' and Winning - Norwood News". 18 May 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  2. ^ Beekman, Daniel “New pocket park in Morrisania named for first Bronx African-American Assemblywoman Estella Diggs” New York Daily News 11/7/2011
  3. ^ http://www.nancyowensstudio.com/project_template.php?category=civic&id=3&bgId=02[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Estella Diggs Park expansion officially opens". Retrieved 23 March 2018.

Coordinates: 40°49′44″N 73°54′22″W / 40.8290°N 73.9062°W / 40.8290; -73.9062