OSI agreement with Village
of New Paltz to transform public land along the Wallkill River into a community
asset featuring trail parking, kiosks, picnic area and native plantings.
NEW PALTZ, NY— May 11, 2016 —A
gateway parking area is the latest component of the Open Space Institute’s (OSI’s)
River-to-Ridge Trail project to be announced. Under a formal lease agreement between OSI and
the Village of New Paltz, a 15-acre parcel of village-owned property on
Springtown Road along the Wallkill River, will be transformed into a parking
area and trail corridor for OSI’s planned River-to-Ridge Trail, a
highly-anticipated scenic and recreational off-road, multi-use trail leading
directly from downtown New Paltz to the Shawangunk Ridge.
addition of the River-to-Ridge gateway area reinforces OSI’s ongoing commitment
to the New Paltz community and improving access to this premier network of
recreational trails,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s President and CEO. “OSI
appreciates the public support and positive feedback we have received since
announcing plans for the River-to-Ridge Trail and thank the Village of New
Paltz for their partnership in supporting this exciting community project.”
“I'm a big
proponent of public access to outdoor recreation and look forward to accessing
our world-class ridge without a car directly from downtown New Paltz,” said
Village of New Paltz Mayor Tim Rogers.
the 20-year agreement, OSI will fully fund the parking area and maintain and
manage it as a community asset to New Paltz.
The Village will maintain ownership of the property and be responsible
for snow removal in the winter. The lease permits areas of the property that
are currently being farmed to remain in productive agricultural use. Prior to the agreement, the lot had been
used by the municipality to store winter snow deposits and highway maintenance
materials, including gravel.
new gateway parking area will serve as the primary welcoming access point for
the six-mile River-to-Ridge Trail and will include parking for up to 45 vehicles,
a shaded picnic area, trailhead kiosk and the planting of native trees. Public access to the Wallkill River will also
be maintained as part of the improvement plan.
Open from dawn to dusk, the gateway parking area will be available to
the public free of charge.
proposed six-mile River-to-Ridge loop trail will also be accessible to the
public free of charge, allowing hikers, cyclists and others to enjoy a ten foot
wide gravel path that meanders through farm fields and over gently rolling
hills, with direct access to more than 90 miles of recreational carriage roads
and trails at the Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park Preserve. The trail
will also enable cyclists to safely bypass Route 299, currently the primary
road leading from New Paltz to the preserves.
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