CLC is working with the City of Hudson and Columbia County to transform a former landfill in the City of Hudson and surrounding open space into a public recreation and natural area. We envision a trail network that would link the City with an expansive tract of open space and natural habitat, stretching from the City’s Charles Williams Park, through the Greenport Conservation Area owned by CLC, all the way north to Harrier Hill Park.
The North Bay Recreation and Natural Area would:
- Connect residents of the city of Hudson to nearly 1,000 acres of protected open space
- Enhance protection of significant coastal fish and wildlife habitat in the Hudson River Estuary
- Protect forested wetlands, upland forests, and successional fields/grasslands
- Offer interpretation and education about the history of settlement along the Hudson River
- Create a permanent outdoor classroom for research and habitat management
The Concept Master Plan, published by CLC with the support of the City and Columbia County in 2011, describes the opportunities and challenges of creating the North Bay Recreation and Natural Area. It recommends the conservation of the North Bay’s rich natural resources through ecologically-based design. The plan was funded by a grant from the Hudson River Foundation’s Catskill-Olana Viewshed Mitigation Fund.
The idea of developing the site’s potential as a community resource is not new. The 2002 City of Hudson Comprehensive Plan called for a trail network at the North Bay, and the City’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP) also endorses this vision.
News about the North Bay project
- January 2015 The former Foster’s Refrigeration plant in Hudson, which is a state Superfund site, will be cleaned up thanks to funding from New York State. This site sits on the border of the North Bay and is part of the area studied for the North Bay Recreation and Natural Area. The City of Hudson applied for funding from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to clean up the site. Read about the funding awards here.
- December 2014 The North Bay project received a tremendous boost – New York State awarded Columbia County a grant to plan trails and public access. CLC worked with the City of Hudson and Columbia County to submit the grant application, and we will work closely with our partners on the trail planning in 2015. Read the NY State announcement here and Register Star report here.
- Winter 2014/15 Check out CLC’s article about North Bay in our latest Newsletter.