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July 25, 2012

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New waterfront recreational area to be developed in Town of Lloyd

HIGHLAND  - Local and state officials Tuesday broke ground on a new waterfront recreational project at Bob Shepard Highland Park in the Town of Lloyd.

In 2008, the state Department of State awarded the town a grant for the restoration of Highland Landing Park on the Hudson River. The town, with the help of the Highland Landing Park Association, has begun a project to stabilize the park’s shoreline and restore Highland Landing to active use.

The first phase of the new project will be funded by a $912,000 grant from the state Environmental Protection Fund and will include installing a new bulkhead and restoring a decaying deepwater dock. The new bulkhead will provide facilities for tourism ships and heritage vessels like the Sloop Clearwater, Amistad and the Half Moon to stop at the park.

Officials said the restoration will also open up opportunities for maritime economic development along with recreational and education pursuits.

With funding from the Scenic Hudson Land Trust Inc. and State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the town bought the former petroleum storage site in 2008. Prior to that, the site was remediated and the petroleum tanks removed with funding from the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

 


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