Archive for the ‘Old Croton Aqueduct’ Category

CommuniTyler Event

December 10, 2011

On December 3rd, as the NYC CommuniTyler
(http://communityler.org/index.html)
kickoff event, a group of 2 dozen New Yorkers, led by Kacey Ronaldson, worked with Friends of the Hudson Trail to do maintenance on a portion of the Old Croton Aqueduct used by the Hudson Trail.

communiTYler on the Hudson Trail

CommuniTYler helping out Hudson Trail / Old Croton Aqueduct


Branches were moved and garbage was carted out and a good time was had by all.

Game Changer: The Hudson Trail is Back

June 28, 2011

As you may know, the Hudson Trail is a project to build a long hiking trail from the High Bridge in NYC to Mt. Marcy in the Adirondacks. The strategy is to link together existing trails using public roads and right-of-ways. The trail is made up of 4 parts, we call treks: South Trek, Stissing Trek, the Bend Trek and North Trek (see the page About the Hudson Trail). Development was proceeding nicely. Officials, hikers and casual walkers told us that they appreciated our markers. However, something went wrong about two years ago. Our markers were torn down on and around the Old Croton Aqueduct, markers that people had told us were very helpful in making the connections on streets. NY State officials stopped communicating with us. We do not know the problem, but it may have been that we suffered from not being a formal group focused on a local project. We believed and still believe that our strategy of getting a whole trail marked and then working with local groups to improve it is a good one. We also did not want to compete for donations with existing groups, groups that we each belong to as individuals.

But something happened. Fourteen members of the New York State Assembly, led by Assemblyman Bob Castelli, 89th Assembly District, the district for Mt. Kisco where Bob Jessen resides, have written a letter to Commissioner Rose Harvey, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, requesting action to rectify the situation and allow the Friends of the Hudson Trail to proceed.

Please contact us if you want to work on this project. The weather is beautiful. Let’s to out and build a trail.

letter, page 1
letter, page 1
letter, page 1

Lyndhurst

March 15, 2009

On a spring break day in March, we tramped on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail through the Lyndhurst estate, now a National Historic Landmark. Our spanking new markers were put to the test as the broad field provided few trees for the task.

Here is a picture of a statue in front of the main building.
Statue at Lynhurst

Please comment if you can tell us who or what the statue represents.

Lyndhurst National Historic site from the Hudson Trail
West view. Notice the snowbells peeking up under the tree.
Looking up the Lyndhurst house
View from the south.

Winter work

February 14, 2009

The very cold weather did not keep Elizabeth and Bob from putting up the new, state-approved, markers on the Old Croton Aqueduct.

Elizabeth and HT marker at the Old Croton Aqueduct

Elizabeth and HT marker at the Old Croton Aqueduct

As the weather gets more pleasant, please contact us to go out. We are starting work on the Stissing Trek: north of Beacon.

Protomarkers UP: South Trek nears completion

May 20, 2008

While waiting for the official New York State robin’s egg blue trail disks, we have been scouting the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail and putting up protomarkers, especially at road crossing where improved signage is needed.

Jeanine, not the graphetti artist Jeanine was holding the paint, not in the middle of decorating vent #9.

We have met many fine folks out on the Trail, who thanked us for our efforts. This part of the trail is very walkable and it appears to be heavily used.

Old NYS marker with HT proto

Protomarkers, aka 2x2s, are small blue splotches to be covered up with the official disks.

See one in the photo under an old NYS marker. Please let us know if you know how old the white NYS markers are.

 

 

What were you doing Sadie Hawkins Day!?

March 4, 2008

We were blazing the Hudson Trail in Bell Hollow.

On Bell Hollow

Take a look at the video to see and hear Bob describe the work (not our best video: it was very cold).

We have been given permission to put sky blue blazes on the Old Croton Aqueduct from the Bronx-Westchester border to the Croton Dam. We are working with people in the Bronx to obtain permission for the route from Highbridge to the border. The route is essentially the NYC Old Croton Aqueduct Trail.

The weather is turning nice and we need everyone’s help to complete markings of the South Trek to make our deadline of National Trail Day, June 7th, for events along the Hudson Trail, including crossing the Appalachian Trail at Sunken Mine Road.


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