COLD SPRING, NY - June 2, 2003 - On Saturday, June 14, the Open Space Institute will organize a clean up of its Hudson River property in Cold Spring, known locally as “Dockside.” The Clean Up effort will begin at 1 p.m.
Refreshments and snacks, donated by Foodtown's new Cold Spring store, will be served. Hudson Vally Outfitters (www.HudsonValleyOutfitters.Com) will be on hand with kayaks for test drives and basic kayak instruction.
The goal of the clean up/community event at Dockside is to prepare the property for a variety of summer visitors, including paddlers participating in the Great Hudson River Paddle who will camp at Dockside en route from Albany to New York City in July. Hudson Valley Outfitters, a sponsor of the Great Paddle, is orchestrating a shorter leg (Cold Spring to Annesville) of the journey that will take place on July 8, followed up by numerous festivities in Cold Spring.
Open Space Institute President Joe Martens said the Institute had supported the Great Hudson River Paddle in previous years and was pleased to continue that tradition. “We're delighted to host the paddlers at Dockside this Summer and we thank members of the community for helping with the clean up,” said Martens. “The Dockside landscape is unique and very enjoyable for a number of outdoor activities. And the views are magnificent,” added Martens.
The Cold Spring Fire Department will bring a fire truck to the clean up event on June 14th for the enjoyment of children. Prior to the Dockside event, the Chamber of Commerce will lead children from the Haldane School on a Scavenger Hunt that will use the Dockside property as its terminus.
Volunteers who wish to participate in the clean up effort should call OSI Mid-Hudson Land Steward, Paul Elconin at 845-225-7179. Directions to Dockside: Drive west on Main Street (Rte 301). Take last left before railroad tracks. Go over the tracks, then turn right. Go left at stop sign. Then turn right at the bandstand. Drive straight toward the Dockside property.
The Open Space Institute is a nonprofit organization that protects significant recreational, environmental, agricultural, and historic landscapes in New York State. Since its inception more than 25 years ago, OSI's work has expanded or created more than 30 parks and preserves and permanently protected over 80,000 acres from the Palisades to the Adirondacks.