22 Communities Receive Funding to Support Trail Construction, Planning and Enhancements
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 22 communities and organizations in the Mid-Hudson Valley and Capital Region received an unprecedented $254,000 in matching grants through the 2016 Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program. These projects will improve public access to natural and cultural resources, provide greater connectivity between communities, and enhance the visitor experience at trails and open spaces throughout the Hudson River Valley.
“These trails are pathways to the Hudson River Valley’s unparalleled natural beauty and outdoor recreation,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will help to ensure these trailways remain well-preserved and accessible so that residents and visitors alike can enjoy these natural treasures for years to come.”
The Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program is administered by the Hudson River Valley Greenway, with funds from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund. The Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program supports the Greenway’s goal to establish the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail, a contiguous trail linking cultural and historic sites, parks, open spaces and community centers from New York City to the Adirondacks.
The following projects will be supported by the 2016 Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program:
- Arts and Recreation Commission of Whitehall, Inc. - $10,000 - Fort Ann to Whitehall Canalway Trail
- City of Troy - $12,500 - Uncle Sam Bike Improvement Action Plan
- Rensselaer Plateau Alliance - $25,000 - A Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail Action Plan for the Rensselaer Plateau
- Village of Nassau - $18,300 - Albany-Hudson Electric Trail in the Village of Nassau
- Town of Kinderhook - $3,000 - Kinderhook Trail Connection to Town Park
- Columbia Land Conservancy - $7,500 - Interpretive Signage at Greenport Conservation Area
- Town of Saugerties - $15,000 - Eve’s Point to Bristol Beach Connecting Trail
- Town of Red Hook - $20,000 - Village to Village Connector Trail: Village of Tivoli-Bard College-Town of Red Hook-Village of Red Hook
- Town of Rhinebeck - $4,000 - Trailhead Pavilion for the Town of Rhinebeck Community Park
- Winnakee Land Trust - $14,800 - Rhinebeck Trails Project
- City of Kingston - $30,000 - Hasbrouck at Delaware Node on the Kingston Point Rail Trail
- Scenic Hudson - $4,900 - Fabricating and Installing Interpretive Signs at Esopus Meadows Preserve and Black Creek Preserve
- Town of Marbletown - $2,000 - O&W Rail Trail Map and Brochure
- Town of Rosendale - $10,000 - Wallkill Valley Rail Trail-Rosendale Wayfinding Project
- Town of Hyde Park - $7,500 - Hyde Park Trails-Map, Web and Kiosk User Guide
- Mohonk Preserve - $5,000 - Mohonk Preserve Foothills Interpretive Signage
- Palisades Parks Conservancy, Inc. - $5,000 - Improving the Ice Caves Trail
- Walkway Over the Hudson - $5,000 - Greater Walkway Experience Map Enhancement
- Poughkeepsie Alliance - $7,000 - Waterfront Connectivity Project: Phase 1.5
- NY-NJ Trail Conference - $5,000 - Westchester Trail Maps
- Yorktown Trail Committee - $12,500 - Mohansic Trailway Construction Phase 2
- Town of Ossining - $30,000 - Planning for Open Space, Bike Lane, and Commerce Connectivity Corridor
“Quality trails offer four-seasons of recreation for all who live and visit our great state,” said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. “Thanks to these grants, we will better connect people to the Hudson Valley’s spectacular scenery, while improving the quality of life and lifting the economies of host communities.”
Hudson River Valley Greenway Acting Executive Director Mark Castiglione said, “The Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to be able to support such a diverse array of trail projects. We applaud these communities and organizations for their efforts to build regional trail connections, create more walkable and bikeable communities, and increase tourism opportunities.”
Senator Sue Serino said, “These projects are a perfect example of all that can be accomplished when partners at the state level and across our communities come together to support our local environment. Our natural resources are some of our area’s greatest assets, and I am proud to play a role in helping to increase access so that visitors and residents alike can experience these natural wonders first-hand. I thank the Hudson River Valley Greenway for all that they do to help our communities preserve our local natural resources so that generations to come can continue to enjoy all that our area has to offer.”
Assemblyman Kevin A. Cahill said, “The resources, financial and otherwise, that are dedicated to the improvement and growth of our District’s beautiful hiking trails is a direct reflection of our community’s environmental stewardship efforts. Through the Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program, the Hudson River Valley Greenway and New York State Environmental Protection Fund, we are taking a significant step in preserving these precious paths for all who use them. I am pleased to have partnered with the Greenway to assist in securing these funds and I look forward to further collaboration to advance the development of projects that serve to better our area for visitors and residents alike.”
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef said, “I am glad to see that the Town of Ossining has been selected to receive $30,000 from the Hudson River Valley Greenway’s 2016 Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program. The proposed plan for open space, a bike lane, and commerce connectivity corridor will have a tangible impact on the Ossining community.”
Assemblywoman Didi Barrett said, "Our regional trails – whether hiking, biking, skiing or walking trails – connect communities, get people outdoors and stimulate the local economy. This significant new funding supports a diverse network of trails that will do all that while also showcasing some of the Hudson Valley's most beautiful landscapes."
Ned Sullivan, President of Scenic Hudson said, “Greenway trails are pathways to the Hudson Valley’s remarkable natural beauty and history, and a link to our future. Investing in these resources is critical to sustaining the region’s strong quality of life and vibrant tourism economy. I congratulate Governor Cuomo and the Greenway Conservancy for their vision and leadership.”
The Hudson River Valley Greenway is a unique state-sponsored program established by the Greenway Act of 1991. More than 84 percent of municipalities within the Greenway area have designated themselves as “Greenway Communities.” The program is designed to encourage projects and initiatives related to the intersecting goals of natural and cultural resource protection, regional planning, economic development, public access, and heritage and environmental education. It provides technical assistance and catalytic grant funding for planning, water and land trails, and other projects that reinforce these goals. In keeping with the New York tradition of home rule, the Greenway program has no regulatory authority and participation by municipalities in Greenway programs and projects is entirely voluntary.
The Greenway also manages the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area in partnership with the National Park Service.