Last year's renaissance of Orchard Beach started with the addition of over 250,000 cubic yards of fine white sand. This year it continues with new food concessions. Havana Cafe will operate three snack bars along with push carts and beach walkers.
It has not been 76 glorious years since the sands of Orchard Beach established the "Riviera of NYC" for thousands of New Yorkers and international visitors to enjoy during the warm summer months.
Next is the iconic Orchard Beach Bath House. Consultants are reviewing existing structural conditions and studying options future options to develop a workable plan for the future.
Orchard Beach was a federally funded public works project executed by Parks Commissioner Robert Moses. Back in 1934 Moses transformed a small beach colony on Rodman's neck to it's present shape. It is now a 1.1 mile long crescent of fine sandy beach, which is the only one in the borough of The Bronx, with over one million visitors expected this year.
To created Orchard Beach, workers had to move over 850,000 cubic yards of sand, topped with 350,000 cubic yards of fine white sand barged in from the Rockaways, as well as from Sandy Hook, New Jersey.