Work is in progress to imporve the
Riverwalk Sensory Trail
Work has begun on the Riverwalk Trail and Kayak Launch at
Hudson Crossing Park. Shale surfacing materials have arrived on site
for the improved Riverwalk Sensory Trail and Kayak Launch area.
The Cleveland Brothers Landscaping, Inc., was awarded the bid for
the project to improve the trail experience and make it a
handicap-accessible, trail and kayak launch by summer's end.
These projects were initially let out with a combined project bid by
the Town of Northumberland in February 2012 but came in over the
amount budgeted by the Town. The projects were re-evaluated and
modified with acceptable design changes that reduced the overall cost
of each. A re-bid for both projects, allowing potential contractors to
bid on one or both of the projects was publicly advertised on May 18th
with the bid openings on June 5th. The successful contractor,
Cleveland Brothers Landscaping, Inc., is required to begin the projects
by early July, 2012 and complete them by November, 2012.
The Riverwalk Trail will be a 1400' stone dust path from the Dix
Bridge along the shore of the Hudson River and continuing to the new
Alfred Z Solomon Canoe/Kayak Launch which will be located just
south of the Lock 5 Canal Office. Both of these projects are
being funded using $160,000 from the NYS Department of
State's Waterfront Revitalization Program Grants utilizing NYS
Environmental Protection Funds, awarded to the Town of
Northumberland, and a $20,000 grant from the Alfred Z.
Solomon Trust, awarded to Hudson Crossing Park, Inc. An
additional grant of $1,000, made by the Schuylerville Lions
Club, means that the projects will require minimal input of local
to dollars to complete while adding quality trail and launch
additions along a very picturesque portion of the Hudson River
within Hudson Crossing Park.
Along the trail will be two river overlook decks and at these
picturesque sites will be placed an eco-friendly
Tour-Mate device with which visitors will be able to
hear short stories about the surrounding area. The
Tour-Mate Eco Boxes run using a listener-operated
handcrank. While the crank is turned, the listener
presses one of four buttons, selecting stories relating
to the four lives of the Lakes to Locks Passage. The
four lives include Natural Forces & Native Peoples;
Conflict & Settlement; Corridor of Commerce; and
Magnet for Tourism. These two audio units were
funded by a $5,000 grant from the Hudson River
Improvement Fund of the Hudson River Foundation.
Sixteen scripts were written for the Tour-Mate Eco Boxes. Hudson Crossing Park
held a contest to discover "the voices" for the recordings.
A place to sit for a while
Outdoor Classroom Space
Deck in the Shade
Trail to the River Kayak Launch
Click the Tour-Mate Eco Box # 1 to select a story to hear
Click the Tour-Mate Eco Box # 2 to select a story to hear
Click the Tour-Mate Eco Box # 3 to select a story to hear
Click the Tour-Mate Eco Box # 4 to select a story to hear