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Press Release: Greenway Awards $4,000 to the John Burroughs Association

11/14/2012 11:35:58 AM

(Albany, NY) Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to announce the John Burroughs Association has received a $4,000 Greenway Conservancy small grant for the Slabsides Gateway Project, an effort to enhance the entrances and promote access to the National Historic Site. The Greenway Conservancy board awarded $50,000 in trail grants at a recent meeting.

Contact: Mark Castiglione                                                                                 For Immediate Release

(518) 473-3835                                                                                                     November 14, 2012

 

Greenway Awards $4,000 to the John Burroughs Association

For Slabsides Gateway Project

 

            (Albany, NY)  Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to announce the John Burroughs Association has received a $4,000 Greenway Conservancy small grant for the Slabsides Gateway Project, an effort to enhance the entrances and promote access to the National Historic Site. The Greenway Conservancy board awarded $50,000 in trail grants at a recent meeting.

 

            The Slabsides Gateway Project will improve the entrances to the 200-acre John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary, which surrounds the Slabsides cabin, a National Historic Landmark. Damaged chain-link entrance gates and fencing will be replaced with Adirondack-style cedar structures, consistent with the twig style and “found-wood” approach to decorating that John Burroughs used both on the outside and inside of his iconic cabin. Both entrances, Burroughs Drive and the Floyd Ackert Road (Pond) Entrance, will have pedestrian openings and conform to ADA Guidelines. The Gateway Project will include up to nine additional parking spaces at the main entrance, an improvement over the current shoulder parking along the road, encouraging visitors to enter and explore.

 

Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, stated “The Slabsides Gateway project will create a fitting gateway to this important National Historic Site and encourage visitors to explore the same landscape that inspired John Burroughs. The Greenway is proud to assist with efforts to promote public access and rehabilitate trails designated as part of the Greenway Trail System.”

 

“The John Burroughs Association is working to make the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary an integral part of the extended network of hiking, biking, and boating trails that is steadily growing throughout the Mid-Hudson region. We are very thankful to the Hudson River Valley Greenway for this support which will improve the appearance of the Sanctuary entrances while increasing its visibility and accessibility," said Jeffrey Walker, President of the John Burroughs Association.

 

            “The John Burroughs Association is very grateful to the Hudson River Valley Greenway for this grant that enables us to create a welcoming gateway.  Visitors will be drawn into the rustic experience that is the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary -- whether to visit his cabin, observe birds or explore the beautiful, dramatic land that inspired much of his nature writing," said Joan Burroughs, Treasurer of the John Burroughs Association.

 

The Greenway Conservancy Small Grant Program is an annual competitive grant funding opportunity available to communities and not-for-profit organizations within the designated Hudson River Valley Greenway area, which extends from Saratoga County and Washington counties to Battery Park, Manhattan.  The program offers funding for trail planning and design, construction and rehabilitation, and education and interpretation.  Emphasis is placed on trail projects that seek to implement the goals of the Greenway Trail Vision Plan, fill in identified gaps in the Greenway Trail System, and make improvements to designated Greenway Trails.  Copies of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail Vision Plan may be downloaded at http://www.hudsongreenway.ny.gov/Trailsandscenicbyways/LandTrail/HRGTResources.aspx

 

The Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley is a public benefit corporation established by the Greenway Act of 1991 to continue New York State’s commitment to the preservation, enhancement and development of the world-renowned scenic, natural, historic, cultural and recreational resources of the Hudson River Valley, while continuing to emphasize appropriate economic development activities and remaining consistent with the tradition of municipal home rule.  One of the Conservancy’s primary objectives is to establish a Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System that links cultural and historic sites, parks, open spaces and community centers, and provides public access to the Hudson River.

 

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