More than 100 acres of open space and a trail network with Hudson River
access will be permanently conserved and remain open to the public
NEW YORK, NY — June 13, 2013 — The Open Space Institute and Scenic
Hudson announced today the sale of the 129-acre Mystery Point property
in Philipstown, NY, to Jon Stryker of Kalamazoo, MI. He is an architect
and a leading philanthropist in social justice and animal conservation.
Although this property is now privately owned, an agreement with
the landowner allows for public access to the preserve and its trail
network. Please respect the owner's privacy by paying attention to all
signs and avoiding areas marked as private.
very excited that the new conservation easement we have put in place
will ensure that Mystery Point will be protected and accessible
forever,” Stryker said.
The entire property is being sold
subject to a conservation easement that permanently ensures that the
property’s scenic and natural character is retained. Hudson Highlands
Land Trust will hold the easement. The parcel’s parking area and
extensive network of public trails, including on-foot access to the
Hudson River, will continue to be managed by the Open Space Institute
and will remain largely unchanged and open to the public, with the
exception of a 21-acre residential area.
“This sale, and the
conservation easement that it is subject to, solidifies the permanent
protection of Mystery Point,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO.
“It was our hope in transitioning this property to a private owner that
public access would be retained on nearly all of the parcel. This is an
asset that is treasured by the community, and each of the parties
involved is pleased to have achieved that result.”
Open Space Institute has protected more than 10,500 acres in Putnam
County, including nearly doubling the size of Clarence Fahnestock
Memorial State Park, creating Arden Point State Park and making
substantial additions to Hudson Highlands State Park. In addition, OSI
donated the land used for the Philipstown Community Center and the
Philipstown Town Park.
In the Hudson Highlands, Scenic Hudson has
protected more than 3,500 acres and created several parks—lands
essential for sustaining world-class views and connecting people to the
river and the region’s history and extraordinary biological diversity.
Together, OSI and Scenic Hudson acquired the Mystery Point property in April 1990.
acquiring the parcel, OSI and Scenic Hudson worked on an adaptive
re-use plan for the surrounding property to provide the greatest public
benefit. Outward Bound, a not-for profit outdoor educational
organization, leased the property for almost 20 years as its national
“Beginning with our founding 50 years ago to
protect Storm King Mountain, Scenic Hudson has been committed to
conserving the natural and scenic treasures in the Hudson Highlands. We
are very pleased to have found a buyer for Mystery Point whose sense of
stewardship of this beautiful land is compatible with these values, and
we’re also delighted that people will continue to access its wonderful
riverfront trails,” said Steve Rosenberg, executive director of The
Scenic Hudson Land Trust.
“The Hudson Highlands Land Trust is
happy to play a part in the long-term protection of this property and
supports the continued public access of this incredibly scenic Hudson
River location,” said Andy Chmar, the executive director of the Hudson
Highlands Land Trust.