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Greetings from Hudson Crossing Park 
Issue: # 1 Oct 2009
bagpipes at eagle point
Dear Friend of Hudson Crossing Park,

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Hudson Crossing 350: Bike and Bulb Challenge
October 24, 2009
As part of an International Day of Climate Action, Hudson Crossing Park hosted a bulb-planting challenge. More than a dozen community members braved cold rainy weather to show their support for tackling global warming by joining in the planting day. Together we dug in and planted over 1500 spring flower bulbs to beautify the grounds and send a message that global climate change is real and action is critical.

Big thanks all of the volunteers who came out, with special gratitude to the Schuylerville Girl Scouts, the White Family, and the McGarrahan Family! Also thanks to Saratoga Apple and Old Saratoga Bakery for donating treats to sustain our crew.

350 Day Bulb Planting

The photo shown here was submitted to the 350.org website to be broadcast on a screen in Times Square with others from around the world. For more information about the number "350" and associated 350 Day events around the world, please visit www.350.org.

Sorry you missed your chance to plant? We have scheduled another planting day to finish getting another 1000+ bulbs in the ground for Sunday, November 8, from 1pm-4pm. Please bring tools and gloves, and if weather is questionable, contact us at 859-1462 to confirm we are still gathering.

 
Hudson River Snapshot Day
Wayyy up the River!!
Snapshot Day 2009 group On October 8, 2009, Hudson Crossing Park welcomed participants in the 7th Annual Hudson River Snapshot Day. Lead by Nancy Robertson of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Doug Reed of the Hudson Basin River Watch, and Deborah Albrecht of the Adirondack School, young and older gathered to collect data that reflects "a day in the life of the Hudson River". Observations of water, air, land, flora, and fauna were documented and submitted to the Hudson River Snapshot Day website (http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/edu/k12/snapshotday/index.html), which combined research results from more than 60 sites. Hudson Crossing Park was the only site north of Troy, and promises to become an annual event location, extending the knowledge of the state of the River to a new northern-most point. Thanks to everyone who made this day happen!
 
Stone Steps and Paths
Work beginning soon
Watch for more activity around the Play Garden and floating docks as talented local stone mason Chris Gregory installs a set of stone steps and local contractors Clear Enterprises lays down new pathways from the canal's floating dock to the Play Garden. As much as we enjoy scrambling up and down hillsides, it will be lovely to have a more graceful way to move from the water to the picnic pavilion!
 
Hudson Crossing Awarded a National Scenic Byway Grant!
HCP will be Heritage Center
This month Hudson Crossing Park was awarded a Scenic Byways grant, naming it as a Lakes to Locks Passage Heritage Center. The grant for $250k will help develop the facilities of Hudson Crossing Park including the replication, renovation and interpretation of several unique 19th century canal structures located on the island. Project highlights include a replica of an Old Champlain Canal Lock tender's shanty; a rare example of a canal junction lock; the restoration of a one mile segment of the Old Champlain Canal Towpath that will provide a multi-modal connection between the Park, Schuylerville and the General Phillip Schuyler House (a NPS site); and ten interpreted sites with GPS based mapping and multi-media interpretation for use on iPhones and other mobile devices. Congratulations and thanks go out to George Hodgson, Project Coordinator and lead on the grant, as well as the Town of Northumberland, Project Sponsor. Well done all!
Thanks for reading and supporting our efforts to build Hudson Crossing Park. I hope you enjoy our new update format, complete with photos and video links!
 
Sincerely,
 
Cindy Wian
Hudson Crossing Park, Inc
In This Issue
Hudson Crossing 350: Bike and Bulb Challenge
Hudson River Snapshot Day
bagpipes at eagle point
 
Hudson Crossing Festival 2009

If you missed the 5th Annual Hudson Crossing Festival, click above to view a Youtube video produced by generous Park media volunteer Mike Bielkiewicz. Thanks Mike for capturing and sharing this great event!
Visit our website for more information about Hudson Crossing Park

www.hudsoncrossingpark.org