West Point Foundry Preserve Gains National Register Designation, State Grant

Thursday, July 8, 2010 -- Scenic Hudson

officials at July 7, 2010 press conferenceFrom left, back row, Hudson River Navigator and Putnam County Legislator Vincent Tamagna, State Parks Deputy Commissioner Wint Aldrich, Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan, U.S. Rep. John Hall (NY-19), and Cold Spring Mayor Seth Gallagher; from left to right, front row, Chapel of Our Lady Restoration Board Member Gail Greet Hannah, State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, and Putnam County Historical Society Foundry School Museum Executive Director Mindy Krazmien. Scenic Hudson/Seth Martel

Our work to create a world-class heritage tourism destination at an 87-acre preserve along the Hudson River received a powerful boost recently. On Wednesday, July 7, Scenic Hudson was joined by U.S. Rep. John Hall, State Parks Deputy Commissioner Wint Aldrich and a host of other elected officials and community collaborators in announcing that Scenic Hudson's West Point Foundry Preserve has been deemed “nationally significant” on the National Register of Historic Places. Members of the press joined us to cover the event -- see this WAMC/Northeast Public Radio report -- as we also celebrated a $600,000 grant from the state through the Environmental Protection Fund. While we still have to raise $1.3 million to make the park upgrades a reality, the new designation will enable us to seek federal grants. The park project will employ 50 construction workers. When finished the park will add significantly to Hudson Valley’s tourism industry -- which is responsible for $4.7 billion in spending annually and 80,000 jobs. Parks and beautiful natural areas also have been shown to be powerful assets in attracting and maintaining businesses and jobs.

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