U.S. Rep. Nan Hayworth on Friday, June 10, toured three Scenic Hudson parks with our president, Ned Sullivan. On Beacon's waterfront she visited soon-to-be-completed Long Dock Park, whose new features will include a kayak pavilion, restored wetlands and a river center for environmental education and arts programs. In Cold Spring, Rep. Hayworth toured Foundry Dock Park, also on the Hudson River, and West Point Foundry Preserve, where work will commence this fall on creating an exciting heritage destination telling the story of the ironworks that helped win the Civil War.
The visit was an opportunity for Rep. Hayworth to see firsthand the economic and quality-of-life benefits Scenic Hudson parks bring to communities and the Hudson Valley. Over the last 18 months, construction at Long Dock Park has provided 75 jobs, while the West Point Foundry Preserve project is expected to create 49 jobs. The parks also contribute to the region's $4.7-billion tourism economy responsible for 80,000 jobs. In addition, the parks enhance the region's outstanding quality of life, a critical factor in attracting new "green" businesses. Rep. Hayworth supports the Highlands Conservation Act, which matches a modest federal investment with funds raised by land trusts and New York State, and she also is an original co-sponsor of the Conservation Easement Tax Incentive, which allows landowners who voluntarily donate land for conservation purposes that offers clear public benefits to take a federal tax deduction.