In 2015, the Hudson Sloop Club proposed the idea of the Everett Nack Estuary Education Center, to be constructed from a repurposed shipping container. The next year, a grant of $91,780 was received from the Hudson River Estuary Program to construct the center. In the beginning, this was the rendering of what was being proposed.
In 2017, the Nack Center, its design having evolved a bit, became part of a larger project, called "Railroad Point Pier," proposed for DRI (Downton Revitalization Initiative) funding. Although it started out as a priority project, Railroad Point Pier ended up not getting funding, but the Nack Center was to proceed on its own.
Last April, the Hudson Sloop Club announced another change of plan for the Nack Center. Instead of being in a fixed location, the Everett Nack Estuary Education Center will be mobile.
This weekend, the Hudson Sloop Club is initiating Spring Saturdays, a series of events at Railroad Point, the area around the originally proposed site of the Nack Center, so named for the remnant of the 19th-century railroad trestle found on the site.
The Hudson Sloop Club is excited to invite members of the public to join for the first of our Spring Saturday series at Railroad Point--a beautiful site that many people are not aware of. This Saturday, April 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. we will set out to improve the trails by clearing brush and spreading donated shavings so that we can enjoy them all year long. Participants will also be able to take part in hands-on activities to help improve the trails, such as planting trees and clearing debris.
To sign up, please visit the Hudson Sloop Club's website or reach out on social media.
Recently, Build Hudson installed this kiosk, previously used by the Columbia Land Conservancy, on the site.
The Hudson Sloop Club plans to activate Railroad Point, the space next to Rick's Point at Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, and use it for educational programming throughout the year. The event this Saturday, April 1, is the first of the events to take place on the first Saturday of each month this spring.
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