When, at the second public engagement meeting, the people attending were asked to affix green stickers to indicate their priorities, the public pier came out close to the top. Only North Bay ReGeneration, a project being proposed by Kite's Nest, and "Improve pedestrian and vehicular circulation," whatever that means exactly, rated higher. Mention of the pier's popularity at the last DRI Local Planning Committee inspired LPC member Peter Jung to quip about "peer pressure."
Recently on Gossips the public pier was the subject of a somewhat contentious exchange of comments, prompted by a mention of the pier as a possible fulfillment of Mayor Sam Wheeler's desire for a "fishing hole" back in 1967, but most people reading those comments probably had little idea of what the two commenters were disagreeing about. Though much talked about and apparently much desired, it has not been generally known exactly what the public pier would be . . . until now.
A booklet called Railroad Point Pier was created as a presentation piece for the project, and Gossips was fortunate enough to get a copy of it. In the booklet, the pier is identified as Phase II of the multi-phase project envisioned for the area south of Rick's Point by the Hudson Sloop Club. Phase I is the Everett Nack Estuary Education Center, for which the Sloop Club was awarded a $91,780 grant from the Hudson River Estuary Program in 2015.
The design for the Nack Center, which is essentially a repurposed shipping container, has evolved a bit from the example provided in 2015, taking on a prefabricated Quonset roof to create a covered boat-building yard and outdoor classroom.
The public pier will provide safe access points, integrated periodically along the length of the pier, allowing visitors to learn about and interact with the Hudson River.
The northern slip [that is, the slip that runs along the southern edge of Rick's Point] will provide opportunities for small boats and paddle craft to launch and learn in shallow water conditions. The southern slip, with its deeper water, will be accessible to sailboats and larger craft, providing much-needed dockage for local river organizations such as the Apollonia Project, the Clearwater and Riverkeeper.
An observation deck at the end of the pier will provide a unique vista of one of the most scenic stretches of the Hudson River. The pier will be equipped with a real-time monitoring station, feeding river info to the Nack Center, including tides, temperature, turbidity, commercial traffic and more.Now we know, in some detail, what the public pier proposed for DRI funding is all about.
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