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near Pelham Bay, New York (United States)
Pelham Bay Park, Orchard Beach, at the end of line 6 of the New York Metro.
Corinthian column surmounted by a gilded bronze victory figure. Erected in 1932 and dedicated in 1933, the memorial and adjacent grove of trees on the south side of Shore Road commemorate the 947 soldiers from the Bronx who gave their lives in service during World War I.
Along the Bronx Pelham Parkway. On the right, a closed landfill.
A draw bridge crosses the Hutchinson River
Walking along City Island Road through a wooded forest.
Just before the bridge to Island City, we turn left following the waterfront.
Orchard Beach, Bronx's sole public beach, was proclaimed "The Riviera of New York" when it was created in the 1930s. The 115-acre, 1.1-mile-long beach contains a hexagonal-block promenade, a central pavilion, snack bars, food and souvenir carts, two playgrounds, two picnic areas, a large parking lot, and 26 courts for basketball, volleyball, and handball. Changing areas and showers are available.
The Orchard Beach Bathhouse in Pelham Bay Park was built during the Great Depression and is a designated historic landmark. It was built using concrete, brick, limestone and glazed terra cotta, however it has fallen into disrepair over the years. In recent years, Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy flooded the pavilion and left four feet of sand inside. A Master Plan addressing the failing conditions of the building and surrounding site is being developed.
This nature trail honors Dr. Theodore Kazimiroff (1914-1980). A dentist by profession, Kazimiroff is most remembered for his dedication to the fight for the protection of the delicate ecosystems that still thrive in the Bronx.
To be used in case someone falls through thin ice.
The lagoon on the west side of the park was widened and dredged when it was chosen as the site of the 1964 Olympic Rowing trials. A viewing tower was built along the southeast edge of the lagoon for the trials, and the United States 1964 Olympic Rowing Team went on to win two gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal in Tokyo, Japan.