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Randall’s Island footbridge reopens

June 01, 2012 05:30PM

Sports and outdoor enthusiasts now have easier access to Randall’s Island. The New York Daily News reported that the footbridge connecting East Harlem and the tennis courts, sports fields and gardens of Randall’s Island reopened today. And for the first time in 30 years, it won’t close.

The 103rd Street Footbridge, also called the Wards Island Bridge, just completed a two-year $16.8 million renovation that will keep it open to walkers and cyclists 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. First built at a cost of $2.1 million in 1951, the crossing had been only open during daylight hours seven months of the year since the early 1980s.

This is a different connector than the one approved earlier this month to connect Randall’s Island to the South Bronx and Astoria.

To celebrate the reopening of the 12-foot-wide, 1,247-foot long bridge, Randall’s Island Park Alliance is hosting a festival along the waterfront walkways tomorrow. [NYDN]