GREENBURGH, NY —Dec. 21, 2016—The Open Space
Institute (OSI) has donated a key portion of the Glenville Woods Preserve to
the Town of Greenburgh. The transfer allows the town to take ownership of a crucial
recreational access point, while protecting critical forest and wetland habitat.
Valued at $800,000, the 18.3-acre property connects Glenville
Woods Preserve to a 580-acre strip of unbroken parkland within a heavily developed
area. The Preserve’s hiking trails enhance access to several local recreational
networks, including the North County Trailway, Cherry Town Lakes, Saw Mill
River Parkway and the Tarrytown Lakes Trail.
Featuring a small playground, the property is used by local residents
for passive recreation.
The transfer is the latest in a series of five celebrated properties OSI
is donating to municipalities across New York, totaling 350 acres and valued at
over $3.1 million.
“Surrounded by development and in a densely populated neighborhood, the
Glenville Woods property is a key link connecting local residents to recreational
opportunities found in nature,” said Kim Elliman, president and CEO of OSI.
“OSI is proud to have played a role in ensuring access to a much-used and
well-loved nature preserve, and prouder still to donate this recreational
treasure to the residents of Greenburgh for their permanent enjoyment.”
In 2001, OSI and the Trust for Public Land (TPL) partnered with the Town
of Greenburgh and Westchester County to protect 44 acres of critical forested
and wetland habitat from development, creating the Glenville Woods Nature
Preserve. Today, OSI’s donation of its 18.3-acre portion gives the town
complete management and ownership of the entire preserve.
“Bringing OSI into the project was the key to protecting Glenville Woods
from development and establishing it as a park preserve,” said Jon Flores, a
member of the Greenburgh Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and one of the
original neighborhood activists who organized to save the property. “We had been working to save the property for
seven years, and without OSI’s involvement it never would have happened.”
“The Town of Greenburgh is thrilled to have acquired this diverse and
ecologically significant open space from OSI,” said Paul Feiner, Town
Supervisor in Greenburgh. “Local residents will enjoy the property for
generations to come.”