MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERVISOR: Preserve our access to the Hudson River


Amtrak will be resubmitting its application for gates and impasse fencing at several locations along the Hudson River, including Stone Dock Road in Rhinecliff. If constructed as proposed, the gates and fencing would prevent people from crossing the tracks along the maintenance road. This reduction in river access for water-related recreational activities would be inconsistent with the goals our Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP).

Scenic Hudson has been assisting and helping to organize Rhinebeck and our neighboring communities to prevent this potential loss of river access. To that end, Scenic Hudson has hired a consultant team to work with us in Rhinebeck (and the other communities), to create a plan to recommend public access locations along the eastern shore of the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Rensselaer.

The plan will identify opportunities, challenges and recommendations to maintain and increase our ability to enjoy water-related recreation to the Hudson River, including walking, boating, fishing, hunting, birding and ice boating. The plan will describe where and how we currently use the shoreline, identify gaps in in public access, recommend locations for new safe shoreline access, and ways to reduce risk along the tracks.

You can help by providing your input about where and how you use the river and, more importantly, where and how you’d like to use the river in the future.

Please join us. We need your help and input.

Saturday afternoon January 4: Rhinebeck Town Hall

3:00pm to 4:30pm

SNOW DATE: Thursday evening January 9 in Rhinebeck (7-8:30PM)

Warm Regards,

Elizabeth Spinzia

Supervisor, Town of Rhinebeck

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