Residents for a Better Neighborhood

The RiverWalk

Project Description:
The "Westchester RiverWalk: Hudson River Trailway Plan" was created in 2003 by the Westchester County Department of Planning. The goal of the plan is to create a continuous trail paralleling Westchester County's 46 miles of Hudson River shoreline between New York City and Putman County. Offering a variety of experiences and serving many functions, RiverWalk will link the Hudson River villages, historic sites, parks and river access points via a connection of trails, esplanades and boardwalks.

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Westchester County's Plan for the Village of Ossining:
The Ossining portion of the "RiverWalk" is referred to as segments 14 & 15, and a little bit of 16, in the County plan. Segment 14 begins, at the North end of the Village, at the Southern end of the "Crossing" bike/pedestrian path over the Croton River outlet to the Hudson River. The trail continues south along the west side of Route 9 and at the intersection near Audubon Drive, where the trail begins to follow the historic Old Croton Aqueduct south for 1.2 miles to the Main Street intersection in downtown Ossining. The trail at this point, now segment 15, goes west on Main Street to Water Street north, then crosses over the Metro North tracks at the intersection of Snowden Avenue. The trail goes south on Westerly Road Way the links with the village waterfront park at Harbor Square then on by walkway to Engel park and crosses over the railroad tracks at the Ossining Metro-North Train Station to Main Street. The route proceeds south along Hunter Street then winds around Sing Sing Correctional Facility Perimeter Access Road, and at State Street, the route continues south along Lafayette and Spring Streets to Liberty Street and Sparta Park. Segment 16 starts at Sparta Park and using Hudson Road, Liberty Road, Rockledge Avenue, Revolutionary Road and Kemey Avenue in that order to the Village line near Scarborough Station.

The RiverWalk also shows a planned side trip to Crawbuckie Nature Preserve from the trail on the old Croton Aqueduct using Beach Road!

Good News about Crawbuckie Nature Preserve:
On September 30 2006, the Village of Ossining will be holding an event to officially dedicate combining the Crawbuckie Nature Preserve with the adjoining DOT property as a single passive park entity. Members of the Beach Road-Brayton Park Association have been invited to this ribbon cutting event, location to be determined. The Village is also in very preliminary discussions with Westchester County about possibly purchasing the adjoining lots, some twenty additional acres, to add to the Preserve.
The Village is also interesrted in acquiring additional properties both to the north and to the south of our Beach Road neighborhood with the intention of combining them with the expanded Crawbuckie Nature Preserve.
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Possible Ossining Changes to the RiverWalk Plan:
Although details are not available at this time, it seems that the Ossining Planning Department will propose a change to route for the RiverWalk that may effect a large portion of segmant 14 and a part of segment 15. In general it would move the trail, currently planning along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, closer to the Hudson River passing directly through Crawbuckie Nature Preserve. Currently the Village of Ossining Planning Department is working on an amendment to the RiverWalk plan in conjunction with Recreation Department, the Dominican Sisters, the Diamond Milk Company and Westchester County as well as the Sing Sing Museum.

Concerns about the RiverWalk:
The possibility of changes to the Ossining portion of the RiverWalk plan that may include additional parking at the end of Beach Road is a concern of the Beach Road-Brayton Park Association. There isn't enough room for a full-fledged "Cul-de-Sac" at the end of Beach Road let alone additional parking. The area available for vehicles to turn arround at the end of Beach Road is very limited. School bus service is not available on Beach Road because the busses cannot turn around at the end of the road. Garbage trucks, snowplows and fire trucks must be able to continue to turn around in the end of our street and we're not so sure that the Hook & Ladder fire truck can turn around without using private property. Beach Road's width is sub-standard, the line of sight for drivers is very short with all the twists & turns in the roadway and there are no sidewalks for residents, adults & children, who constantly walk along the roadway. It is the Association's position that Beach Road really can not safely support any additional traffic or any additional parking at the end of Beach Road.

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