Friday, July 12, 2019

New Uses for a Remediated Brownfield

On December 18, 2018, the Common Council unanimously passed a resolution "authorizing the Mayor to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Hudson River Valley Greenway, the Hudson Parks Conservancy, and stakeholders for a dog park to develop a plan for the design and operation of a dog park and trail head." The location of the proposed dog park and trail head is the former Foster Refrigerator site--a brownfield, the remediation of which was completed last year by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.  

On Monday, a resolution authorizing the mayor "to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hudson Dog Park committee for the construction and governance of the dog park" was referred to the Common Council Public Works and Parks Committee. The next meeting of that committee takes places on Wednesday, July 17. Development of the other element planned for the former brownfield--the trail head for the Empire State Trail--is moving forward.

This morning, Mayor Rick Rector and DPW superintendent Rob Perry met at the site with Paul Glesta, project director for the Empire State Trail, and the contractors who will be constructing the trail head at the corner of Second and Dock streets. 

The work will begin on Tuesday morning, and the trail head, the plan for which includes limestone benches, a bicycle repair station, two handicapped parking spaces, landscaping, and trail signage, is expected to be completed by mid-August. 


  1. how long will the tools at the bicycle repair station last, even if they are secured with a cable? 6 months?