Cortlandt Boat Ramp, Furnace Dock Lake Projects Move Forward

Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi gives updates on the construction of a second boat launch at Cortlandt Waterfront Park and Con Edison's restoration of the Furnace Dock Lake Dam.

Editor's Note: The following announcement was submitted by Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi. If you would like to post your news to Patch, click here.


At Monday's Town Board Meeting this, the Supervisor and Board members unanimously awarded two bids for important projects to be completed in 2013:

1.) A public boat launch for Cortlandt residents (including both villages- Buchanan and Croton-on –Hudson), located at Cortlandt Waterfront Park (town owned land) in the hamlet of Verplanck/ Town of Cortlandt. This park is adjacent to the Hudson River and is the Town’s second boat launch. The first was built with a State grant a few years ago near this public boat launch site for emergency services used to save lives in the river. The grand opening will be in the late Spring and more details about the boat launch will be forthcoming for our residents. A parking area will also be part of this project. The total cost is $176,000. A portion of this boat launch cost is from an established fund called the Recreation Fund and the balance is allocated from the general fund.

This new boat launch is one more addition to this lovely town park, which also has a year round playground with an aviation theme named after the late Mr. Jim Martin who deeded the land to the Town in his will by a life estate agreement signed by Supervisor Puglisi in the early 1990s.

Also, a new Veterans Memorial Park honoring the men and women who have served our great country over the many decades and centuries is located at this site. It’s a beautiful place to visit and to reflect. Other plans are being developed by the Supervisor, Town Board, and with input from the Community such as a Community Garden, an Olympic size outdoor volleyball court, and an environmental/nature education center.

2.) The Furnace Dock Lake Dam Restoration and Repair project paid for by Con Edison Inc. as part of the agreement when the Supervisor and Town Board voted to purchase the lake in order to preserve it from being drained by Con Edison, (the prior owner) is the other project.

This lake and watershed was too important to the environment, ecology, and bio-diversity of our Community to allow it to be drained into a stream. Now it will be saved and preserved for another 100 years if not longer. It was awarded at this Town Board Meeting, as well.

Joebklyn May 09, 2013 at 04:50 AM
How come Buccanan charges $250 for a Cortlandt resident to use it's boat ramp. and $50 for a resident?
The Entertainer May 09, 2013 at 11:21 AM
How long is it going to take to open the launch? It's boating season!


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