PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Peekskill Mayor Frank A. Catalina recently announced the opening of the Southern Waterfront Park and Trailway on the Hudson River waterfront.
This latest achievement includes a new 1-mile paved ADA-accessible waterfront trail, a 3-acre expansion of Riverfront Green, a walkway across Travis Cove, two boat docks, two gazebos, an iconic sculpture and a prominent overlook near Charles Point Park, all with views of the Hudson River, at a cost of $4.7 million.
“The Southern Waterfront Park and Trailway is a gem in the city’s necklace of riverfront parks, which will attract tens of thousands of visitors for all types of activities from concerts to festivals to outdoor recreation,” said Catalina.
The city of Peekskill will officially open the park and trailway with a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday at 2 p.m. at the Travis Cove Overlook, near Charles Point Pier Park.
“Today signifies a major milestone for Peekskill and the completion of the second phase of a multiyear, $8.3 million waterfront revitalization program. Historically, Peekskill’s riverfront was alive with industrial and commercial activity, and now we are bringing it back to life for residents and visitors, and as an attraction for increased tourism and new businesses. This park and trail system fulfills the city’s promise of making Peekskill a great place to live, work, visit and enjoy,” said Catalina.
Scenic Hudson Park at Peekskill Landing, just north of the Southern Waterfront Park and Trailway, was the first phase of the revitalization. It was transformed in 2014 from a vacant industrial site into a 4.4-acre park with a boardwalk along the Hudson River shoreline, docks for kayaks and small watercraft, and multiuse trails for jogging, biking and walking.
“The Department of State is happy to have been involved in the planning and design of the Southern Waterfront Park and Trailway,” said acting Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. “The expansion of this recreational area continues to improve public access to the Hudson River and supports the transformation of Peekskill’s waterfront district to foster a vibrant local economy.”