March 23, 2017 Meeting

March 23, 2017 Meeting

Welcome and introductions

Attendees included representatives from Dutchess County Planning, the Hudson River Valley Greenway, National Parks Service, NY-NJ Trail Conference, Dutchess Land Conservancy, Adirondack Mountain Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Town of Fishkill Supervisor, Red Hook Trail Committee, Rhinebeck Cemetery Committee, Hyde Park Rec Department and Hyde Park Trail Committee, Pine Plains Trail Committee, Scenic Hudson, Winnakee Land Trust, the Culinary Institute of America and numerous others.

  1. Jeff Olson, Principal at Alta Planning and Design

Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail Gap Analysis

In 2016, the Hudson River Valley Greenway (HRVG) commissioned the HRVG Trail Gap Analysis in order to assess the current state of the HRVG Trail – a trail connectivity scheme, now decades in the making, intended to run the length of the Hudson River from New York City north to the City of Albany and then beyond to the Canadian border.  Alta Planning and Design was hired to conduct the Gap Analysis. Jeff Olson joined us to discuss the Gap Analysis as well as Governor Cuomo’s announcement of the Empire State Trail proposal. Governor Cuomo in his 2017 State of the State Address proposed completing the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Erie Canalway trails by 2020 to create the Empire State Trail, the largest state multi-use trail in the nation.  To view slides from Jeff’s presentation, click HERE. For more details of the Empire State Trail proposal click HERE

  1. Brit Basinger, Landscape Architecture, The Chazen Companies

Trail Feasibility and Planning Project for Northern Dutchess County

Winnakee Land Trust hired The Chazen Companies to produce a trail study that investigates trail connectivity potentials within and between the Towns of Hyde Park, Rhinebeck and Red Hook. Brit Basinger joined us to discuss the results of the Trail Study and the strategy for moving forward. Numerous potential trail connections have been identified that, when built out, will do much in the way of connecting these communities via trail to key destinations throughout Northern and Western Dutchess County. A sizable GIS database has been created to document these potential trail connections and the characteristics of the landscape around these potential trail connections. Winnakee Land Trust will employ the GIS database as a tool for determining priority target trail projects in the future. To view Brit’s presentation click HERE


  1. Local Project Updates, 2-minute status reports

Running a bit behind schedule did not leave much time for local project updates. Bob Lacolla, Town of Fishkill Supervisor, did take a moment to note the importance of writing consideration for identified trail routes into local Town zoning laws so as to insure the vision of trail connectivity is constantly being revisited and reviewed as land use decisions are being made.

Thank you to our presenters and all who make the Trails Roundtable possible!