Borough President Diaz with the 5th Grade Class of P.S. 79 on the newly refurbished Orchard
On Friday, May 27, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and other elected officials to announce the official start of the 2011 summer season and the 75th anniversary of Orchard Beach. Known as the Riviera of the Bronx, Orchard Beach is celebrating its anniversary with a new and better look thanks to the completion of the $13 million Orchard Beach Shoreline Protection Project. The US Army Corps of Engineers and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation placed approximately 268,000 cubic yards of sand on the beach to further protect it against tides, winds, waves and storms. During the 2011 season, the beach will be open for swimming daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm when lifeguards are on duty.