Riverbank State Park tops the list of water deadbeats with a $7.6 million bill dating back to 2000. Esplanade Gardens, an apartment complex at W. 147th St., owes $1.1 million.
A West Harlem state park owes the city a lot of green.
Riverbank State Park tops the list of water deadbeats with a $7.6 million bill dating back to 2000, records obtained by The News via a Freedom of Information Law request show.
The state has made costly improvements at the 28-acre public park since it opened in 1993, including $5.2 million for a new artificial turf field, boiler and gymnasium floor in 2012.
The site above the Hudson, meanwhile, boasts an ice rink, Olympic-size pool, 800-seat cultural theater, 2,500-seat athletic complex and a 15-seat restaurant — nearly all of which require water for maintenance or use, officials said.
“To have let this go 14 years without a resolution is irresponsible,” said Dick Dadey, executive director of the Citizens Union, a government watchdog group. “The fact that the city and state can’t resolve this impasse is shameful.”
State parks officials have been fighting with City Hall for more than a decade over who should cover the bill for the park, which sits atop a sewage treatment plant near Riverside Drive.
Meanwhile, it continues to be the worst water scofflaw in the city, outpacing the Big Apple’s second-place offender, Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, which owes $5.9 million.
“We are working with the state to take a fresh look at several issues in order to resolve past differences,” said a city Department of Environmental Protection spokesman.
It remains unclear why the state believes the city should be picking up the tab for the popular Harlem park, given its location above a massive state wastewater treatment plant.
“We are working with DEP to resolve old differences and move forward in a strong and productive partnership,” said state Parks spokesman Dan Keefe, who declined to elaborate.