The Furgary Boat Club has been in the sights of planners since at least 1996. In that year, the Hudson Vision Plan--a document that was never officially adopted by the City but has been religiously followed for the past sixteen years--proposed "Summer Rentals, Environmental Center & Canoe Launch" for the site occupied by the Furgary Boat Club.
The text of Hudson Vision Plan has this to say about the boat club:
Fugary Parcel There is some debate as to ownership of this parcel of approximately 2 acres. The master plan depicts this area as a site for an environmental/recreational center that would include a small interpretive center, a canoe launching area and a connected to [sic] a network of elevated pathways carefully located in the North Bay wetland area. The proximity of the environmental center to the waste water treatment facility and the former landfill could be an advantage if the treatment of waste could be part of the program at the center.Hudson's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program builds on the Vision Plan's suggestion for the Furgary parcel. One of the projects proposed in Section IV of the LWRP is the North Bay Recreation Area, which surrounds and possibly also includes the Furgary Boat Club.
This is what the LWRP has to say specifically about the Furgary Boat Club (page 136):
Based upon surveying work and the feasibility study, the North Bay Recreation Area may also include the area known as the Fugary Boat Club. The City must improve public access to and use of this area. For many decades the property has been used by a group of people known as the Fugary Boat Club. The Club has erected seasonal structures on the City's property where the members are able to gain limited access via a viaduct to a small boat basin located on the inland side of the Amtrak railroad. The existing link to the river under the viaduct is extremely limited due to the height of the viaduct. Clearance for canoes and kayaks is only possible during low tide.
A planned extension of Dock Street could however include improved small-boat launch facilities into North Bay for the general public. The area should also be viewed as a possible "gateway" for the proposed network of pedestrian and bike trails leading to the North Bay wetlands, Charles Williams Park and other recreational facilities.The Furgary Boat Club is part of the study area in the Columbia Land Conservancy's Master Concept Plan for the North Bay Recreation & Natural Area. In the description of the study area, mention is made of the Furgary Boat Club:
The City also owns a parcel at the extreme southwest limit of the study area where there is a potential water access site adjacent to the CSX railroad tracks. The site is located very near a trestle over the inlet from the Hudson River to the North Bay, which offers access to and from the Hudson River for canoes and kayaks. Seasonal cabins and houseboats in this area currently occupy what is know as the Furgary Boat Club.The Concept Plan for the proposed North Bay Recreation & Natural Area shows visitor parking and canoe/kayak access in the vicinity of what is now the Furgary Boat Club.
The Phasing Plan indicates that development of the area that is now the Furgary Boat Club is anticipated to occur in Phases 2 and 3. Each phase in the Master Concept Plan is three years, and implementation hasn't started yet, which means that the development of the Furgary site in this plan is at least four to nine years away.