Photo by Jen Lerner.
MID-HUDSON – The Open Space Institute has announced the start of the final project of their improvement plan for Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park — construction of a 65-foot pedestrian bridge and streambank stabilization along the Hubbard Perkins Loop Trail.
The new bridge will complete the first small loop along the Hubbard Perkins Loop Trail, providing a safer, sturdier route for pedestrians to cross one of the park’s picturesque streams.
The OSI-led project will also fortify and stabilize the streambank, which was heavily eroded during Hurricane Irene in 2011. Along with fortifying the streambank, OSI is replanting native plants and providing habitat for wetland animals, all while improving water quality downstream. The work is being completed by OSI in partnership with State Parks and Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks.
OSI is leading the construction and project management, with park staff providing the necessary permits and additional materials. The Friends group received a $50,000 grant from the Freeman Trust towards the project. The work is also being supported by New York New Jersey Trail Conference volunteers.
The $400,000 bridge construction and site improvement project began in September 2023 and is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year. The project is part of a 10-year, OSI-led initiative to improve visitor access to OSI-protected lands in the northern section of Fahnestock State Park.
Source: Mid-Hudson News