County Executive Andy Spano, local officials and others will celebrated the construction of a new portion of the Westchester RiverWalk during a ceremony at the new Ichabod’s Landing residential community on River Street in Sleepy Hollow on Monday, October 17th at 2:30 p.m.
This segment of RiverWalk is one of several sections that have been completed recently. Eventually, the pathway on the shore of the Hudson River will extend 46 miles from Cortlandt/Peekskill to the Bronx. With the addition of this piece, there are now 17 miles of trailway either completed or under construction.
“Westchester County residents will be in awe of the spectacular views and beauty of this new property,” said Spano. “When I first announced this idea of preserving open space for public use along the Hudson River back in 2000, I knew it would be a challenge. But am I thrilled at the progress we have made in such a short time. There are so many RiverWalk segments up and down the Hudson River falling into place.”
Spano said this piece of RiverWalk was the result of “a lot of hard work and cooperation” between the county, the Village of Sleepy Hollow and the Ginsburg Development, all of whom worked closely to create a 1.05-acre waterfront park next to Ichabod Landing, GDC’s new residential community.
The park will be turned over to the county and the village upon completion of the development. The promenade will extend north from Horan’s Landing Park and will later connect to the future redevelopment of the former General Motors site just to the north. The type of pavement, railings, benches and plants used at this site are according to guidelines adopted by the county and will serve as a model for future RiverWalk sites.
“This collaboration between the county and a private developer should serve as a model for efficient and effective public private partnerships,” said County Legislator Lois Bronz.
“This piece of RiverWalk is a wonderful example of how we can all work together to promote public access to parkland on the river and provide a beautiful place for all county residents to enjoy.”
Mayor Phillip Zegarelli of Sleepy Hollow noted, “With the opening of this portion of RiverWalk, Ichabod’s Landing begins the renaissance of our Hudson River shoreline. The public will finally be able to enjoy a remarkable resource long overlooked.”
Martin Ginsburg, Principal of Ginsburg Development noted, “I am delighted to be able to work with the county and village to establish the first stage of what will become a significant part of the county RiverWalk on the Hudson and I hope it will serve as a model for others in the development community to follow. The Hudson River is one of the most remarkable resources we have and I believe strongly in public access to the river for all residents. ”
Four other segments of RiverWalk recently completed, nearing completion or in design include:
Annsville Creek Lower Trail, City of Peekskill – an approximately ¼ mile trail is nearing completion which will run from the City’s downtown waterfront north from Water Street.
Croton Landing Park, Village of Croton-on-Hudson – the northern portion of the trail in the Village park, just under one mile in length, is in final design and will be going out to bid shortly.
New Pathway at Croton Point Park, Village of Croton-on-Hudson – a new road and adjacent pathway, approx. ½ mile in length, has recently opened connecting Croton Point Park with the nearby Discovery Cove and Half Moon Bay condominiums and extending to the new RiverWalk trails running to the north.
Kraft Foods Property, Village of Tarrytown – final design is underway on another section, almost one mile in length, on the property of Kraft Foods and Metro-North Railroad.
The county is also working with the City of Yonkers, the Village of Tarrytown and several other municipalities on the river to develop segments of RiverWalk in those communities. For more information on Westchester RiverWalk, visit www.westchestergov.com/planning.