The newly-acquired Goosepond
South property contains views of Sugarloaf Mountain. (Photo / Greg Miller)
ORANGE COUNTY, NY - December 29, 2014 – Fulfilling the nearly decade-long goal of park and community
advocates, the Open Space Institute announced the acquisition of 398 acres in
the Orange County town of Chester, New York, that will expand access to
Goosepond Mountain State Park and further a potential connection with Sterling
Forest State Park. OSI intends to transfer the property, a priority acquisition
for the state park system, to New York State Parks.
Proposed development of the property into a golf course and more
than 200 units had been opposed by the local community for years until OSI stepped
in to acquire the site. The acquisition will provide a new park entrance to the
property, which will become part of the multi-state Highlands Trail.
The transaction builds upon OSI’s longtime commitment toward
creating and adding to New York’s state parks. Over the past 40 years, through
nearly 80 conservation initiatives, OSI has added more than 40,000 acres to New
York’s 335,000-acre state park system.
“This transaction continues OSI’s work in expanding state
parks and improving public access to them,” said Kim Elliman, President and CEO
of OSI. “It is particularly gratifying that with this acquisition we were also
able to support community efforts to preserve an at-risk landscape.”
Rose Harvey, Commissioner of New York State Office of Parks,
Recreation and Historic Recreation, praised the acquisition: “Improving public
access to parks is part of Governor Cuomo’s conservation vision for the Hudson
Valley. We applaud the Open Space Institute for protecting a property that was
threatened by development and preserving it for future generations.”
“Thank you to OSI and the rest of our partners for
protecting an important conservation landscape in Orange County. Preservation
of this property will safeguard an important aquifer recharge area and open up
miles of new hiking trails for county residents,” said Orange County Executive
Situated in the western Hudson Highlands, Goosepond Mountain
rises more than a thousand feet in the northwest section of the 1,558-acre
state park. The newly-acquired property and Goosepond Mountain State Park are
located approximately two miles from dense development, which sprawls north and
west from the New York State Thruway and Route 17 interchange.
“The groundswell of community passion to keep this land free
from development is a testament to the importance of land conservation,” said Town
of Chester Supervisor Alex Jamieson. “Quality of life and access to the great
outdoors are all part of the Town of Chester’s long-term vision for our
Press photos of the
Goosepond South property can be found here.