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  2011 Winter News
from Hudson Crossing Park
Issue: # 13
February 2011
Looking down at Lock 5C

Looking down at Champlain Canal Lock 5
from atop the doors of the lock.

Do you have a photo from Hudson Crossing Park that you'd like to share? Send it to info@hudsoncrossingpark.org! Selected photos may appear in a newsletter or on the Hudson Crossing Park website.  

Check presentation from snowmobile clubs

Show of Support from Snowmobile Clubs
Washington County Association Donates $4000 to Bridge Restoration
Big thanks go out to the Washington County Association of Snowmobile Clubs for their generous demonstration of support for the Dix Bridge rehabilitation project. The donation will be used as part of the local match for the transportation enhancement grant awarded to restore the bridge as a trail crossing for pedestrians, bicyclists, and snowmobile riders. Special thanks goes out to Dave Perkins for his leadership in this effort.

For more details about this event, including the names of the clubs who contributed, visit the Hudson Crossing Park website and download the pdf of the press release.
Cast Your Vote!
Help Design the Hudson Crossing River Walk Sensory Trail
Sample Sensory Trail Design

The designers at CLA Site are hard at work generating ideas for the new River Walk Sensory Trail and we need your input. Visit the Hudson Crossing website to find out how to provide feedback on the proposed trail features, either online or in person at the public presentation scheduled for February 10 at 11:30am at the Saratoga Town Hall.

downy woodpecker at suet

Great Backyard Bird Count
Collect Data on Local Bird Population February 18-21

Be a part of a national effort to record information about local birds by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Watch a feeder in your yard or come to Hudson Crossing Park anytime over the 4 day event to observe our feathered friends. Birds frequently seen at the Park include woodpeckers, goldfinches, cardinals, and blue jays, and MANY more in warmer weather. Send us an email and let us know who you spot at the Park!

Frame Installed for Swingset Before Snow Fell

Swingset Installation in Progress

Near the end of last year, before all of this white stuff blanketed the ground, a few volunteers worked very hard to get a new donated swingset in place. You can currently see the beginnings of this project on the canal-side of the trail. Stay tuned for a spring completion- imagine the fun of swinging while watching the boats traveling on the canal on a sunny summer day!  

Kayak with Grandpa

Kayak Launch Launched!
Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Awards Grant

To all current and would-be water sport enthusiasts: the newest kayak launch on the Hudson River is moving forward! A $20k donation from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust will go toward the construction of the kayak and canoe launch on the Park's island, at the southern end of the River Walk Trail. Work is scheduled to begin by late summer. Eventually, this project will be accompanied by a white water play park upstream in the rapids. Get your paddles ready!

Visit the Park in Your Pajamas!
Virtual Tour On Website
Hudson Crossing Park Sign


If the winter weather outdoors is just too much for you, don't worry- you can still "visit" the Park! Thanks to volunteer and Board Member Mike Bielkiewicz, there is now a virtual tour on the Hudson Crossing website that can show you the many different areas of the Park as well as offer wonderful historical photos and information on a handful of the older sections. Don't miss the information about the locks- fascinating details there. Go ahead- grab your cup of tea and slippers and hit the "trail"!


Wetlands Workshop at Hudson Crossing Park

What Would You Do with a Sunday Afternoon?
Choose Your Date Today  
Are you always looking for a new place to host a group gathering or workshop? Maybe you have an idea for a family or children's activity that you think others would also enjoy?  Contact us now to select a Sunday Afternoon in the Park date for your public event. You bring the expertise and we'll provide the space and assist with the publicity.

We are currently seeking programs that support the mission of the Park, last about 2-3 hours long, and will make use of the Park's amenities such as gardens, trails, shelters, and docks. Contact us at info@hudsoncrossingpark or (518) 859-1462 to discuss your idea and reserve your date in the calendar.

If you could lead an activity in one of the following areas we are especially interested in hearing from you:
Fairy Houses
Biking Courses for Kids
Bird Watching
Making Music

2011 Dates to Remember:
(at Hudson Crossing Park, unless otherwise noted)  


Great Backyard Bird Count
February 18-21
*** In your backyard or drop by the Park during daylight hours ***

Monthly Board of Dir. Mtg 
Wed., February 23
, 3:30 pm- 5 pm
*** Held at Town of Saratoga Offices, in Schuylerville***
Beyond February

Earth Week
- April 15-23
*** A week of activities sponsored in partnership with the Saratoga National Historical Park ***

Canal Clean Sweep-
April 17
Teddy Bear Picnic-
Heritage weekend-
May 14-15
Canalway Trails Day-
June 5
2nd Annual Hudson Crossing Triathlon- June 12  

*** Register NOW at www.hudsoncrossingtri.com ***

Cardboard Boat Race- August 13

For the most updated information about all upcoming events, please visit the website at www.hudsoncrossing.org. 

Finally...you can now donate online to Hudson Crossing! Visit our website and make a contribution using Paypal. All donations are tax-deductible, and provide critical operating support for the development and programming of the Park. Thanks for your donation, no matter how small!

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Hudson Crossing Park is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. It is non-sectarian and does not discriminate against persons of any race, color, sexual orientation, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, or those with disabilities, respecting the dignity and worth of all individuals.

In This Issue
Snowmobile Clubs' Donation
Vote for Sensory Trail
Backyard Bird Count
Kayak Launch Support from Solomon Trust
Virtual Tour
Pick a Sunday
Upcoming Events

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Mailing address:
Hudson Crossing Park
PO Box 144
Schuylerville, NY 12871


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