The City of Peekskill and Scenic Hudson broke ground this week on the $3.6 million Scenic Hudson Park at Peekskill Landing.
The project has been in the works—planning, development and securing funds—for more than 15 years, officials said in a statement. It's the first phase of the City of Peekskill's $8 million waterfront redevelopment project, and construction is expected to take about a year.
The finished product is slated to include a boardwalk along the Hudson River shoreline, a pedestrian footbridge, docks for kayaks and small watercrafts, a gazebo and trellis, and multi-use trailways for jogging, biking, walking, and other outdoor activities. Amenities will include lighting, signage, trash containers, sculpture and landscaping.
Elected leaders say the park is "destined to become a jewel in the city's robust system of parks, which attract tens of thousands of visitors annually."
A group of officials from around the region met Wednesday for the ceremony at the vacant site, which sits next to Riverfront Green Park and the train station. Pictured in the attached photo are: Hudson Valley Regional Director Susan Spear, the office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; Marissa Brett, executive director for economic development, The Westchester County Association; Kathleen Talbot, councilwoman with City of Peekskill; Steve Rosenberg, senior vice president of Scenic Hudson; Mary Foster, mayor of the City of Peekskill; Anthony Ruggiero, city manager for City of Peekskill; and John Testa, Westchester County legislator for District 1.