The city of a look received more than $2.5 million from New York State Regional Economic Development Councils to finance two riverside projects — Riverfront Green Connector Trail building and Fleischmann Pier and Charles Park improvements. Matching funds from City coffers amount to another half a million dollars, for a total of $3 million in cash available.
“I want to commend our planning department for the countless hours they have put into these projects and the grant application process,” said the mayor. Vivian McKenzie. “New York State funds will help complete the projects and transform our great city’s waterfront.”
A grant of $1,092,928 and city matching of $184,309 available in the Parks and Recreation Fund will pay for structural improvements at Fleischmann Pier and Charles Point Park, with bids to begin in March 2022.
The 500ft Fleischmann Pierbuilt in 1938, is one of the few deep-water piers on the the hudson river and was designed long and narrow to handle ocean freighter molasses shipments.
The project in several phases will involve improvements to the park which include landscaping, seating, stairs, lighting and electrical work. The project will implement the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program improving aquatic recreation facilities and providing additional public access to the Hudson River waterfront by creating docks for kayaks and larger vessels.
Riverfront Green Park, with stunning views of Hudson Highlands, is a great place for river watching, hiking, family outings and special events. A grant of $1,480,428 and city matching of $343,544 – through the Parks and Recreation Fund – will help build a segment of trail and amenities in Riverfront Green Park, the calls for offers to start in spring 2022.
The project will advance the City’s local waterfront revitalization program and Waterfront Master Plan improving public access and expanding trail options. Improvements include beach replenishment, flood and erosion control measures, a living shoreline, viewing platform and landscaping. The project will complement the city’s nearly three-mile network of waterfront trails, transforming Peekskill’s waterfront into a premier destination in the Hudson Valley.