Up to O in the A-Z Challenge! Orchard Beach was one of my stomping grounds back in the day. It’s the only beach in the Bronx and part of Pelham Bay Park. I only entered the water early in the season.
The water’s reputation for having nasty things thrown in it was well known. A shame, really. Otherwise it would’ve been gorgeous. I don’t know if things have changed over the years, but I doubt it. There was a ‘special’ nickname for the beach in Spanish, but it’s too vulgar for me to repeat here.
The beach is over a mile long and has snack shops, boardwalk vendors, basketball, volleyball, and handball courts. There’s also a Pavillion, promenade, and parking lot just for the beach.
I spent many summers days soaking up the sun, playing handball…(okay, TRYING to play handball), and enjoying the summer concerts and salsa fests it had. Yes, I’m a huge fan of salsa music. 😀 Merengue, too. Preferably old school.
When we were done sometimes we’d head over to City Island for dinner. We were broke young adults, so when we did that it was a treat! 😀 Most times it was a cooler with sandwiches, sodas, beer (not for me, never acquired the taste), and chips. Loved those days!
Did you know the following people were born in the Bronx?
- Orbach, Jerry – Actor (1935-2004)
- Ortiz, Jr., Jose A. – Animator, Visual Effects
- Orman, Roscoe – Actor
Any fond beach memories from your younger years? What’s your favorite music genre? How’s your Friday going?