The population in Parkchester has increased by 5.14% over the last ten years by establishing new retail and social entertainment. Parkchester, located in the East Central part of the Bronx, is home to more than a hundred commercial enterprises to include major retailers, theaters, restaurants and specialty shops. Constructed in 1938 by the Met Life company, Parkchester was built over 129 acres of land. Parkchester has since served the community in creating designated areas for retail, recreational, and visual entertainment.
The 500,000 square foot shopping center was renovated in 1998 through the collaboration efforts of the Community Preservation Corp (CPC) and the Parkchester Preservation Company (PPC). Opening more banks, supermarkets, pharmacies, laundry mats, schools, salons, and community centers Parkchester delivers many amenities to its residents. In Parkchester, there are twenty two recreational areas to enjoy, aside from plenty of shopping.
Some of the recreational areas include basketball courts, playgrounds, volleyball courts, and baseball fields. Parkchester also offers an aerobics class, green thumb club, and a soccer program to its residents. The Parkchester recreational staff is responsible for security of these areas and for the organization of community tournaments, events, and trips. Parkchester’s landscape and architecture are constantly expanding and improving with time.
In the center of the Oval, is the Fantasia sculpture designed by Raymond Granville Barger in 1941. The sculpture fountain features two men on top a large fish and individual sculptured men squirting water at them. Parkchester’s lush landscapes are decoratively placed throughout the area filled with colorful bushes and flowers. In the late 1930’s, five hundred terracotta statues were added to the buildings. A glance up and the different creatures are found clinging to the sides of the red brick buildings. With all the designated areas for retail, recreational, and visual entertainment Parkchester gives its residents the convenience of accessibility all within walking distance.