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Riverwalk Project Breaks Ground On Dobbs Ferry Waterfront

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Friday for the Riverwalk Project on the Dobbs Ferry waterfront.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Friday for the Riverwalk Project on the Dobbs Ferry waterfront. Video Credit: Danny LoPriore
Work is under way at the Dobbs Ferry waterfront and will continue over the next year. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Dobbs Ferry's waterfront development took another big step forward Friday morning when the village broke ground on its portion of RiverWalk, a planned 51-mile esplanade along the Hudson River that will include the revitalization of the 7.5- acre Waterfront Park.

Mayor Hartley Connett joined village, county and state officials in a ceremony at the Half Moon Restaurant where the event was moved indoors due to wind and rain. The project is expected to be completed within the next 8-12 months.

“Dobbs Ferry is extremely grateful to Westchester County Executive [Robert] Astorino and the bipartisan support of the county Board of Legislators for their support and funding for the design and construction of the upland improvements to be made at the village's waterfront," Connett said. "The county planning and design team worked hard for many years with the village's Waterfront Committee and over several administrations to make the new and beautiful vision for Dobbs Ferry's Waterfront Park become a reality.”

The county Department of Planning worked with the village on a master plan that includes work to stabilize the Hudson River shoreline, revitalize the Waterfront Park and expand the RiverWalk trailway along the Hudson River in the village. In addition, a new fishing pier and boat dock, funded by the New York Department of State, will be built this spring.

Construction to stabilize the shoreline in the park came from a grant of approximately $1 million from the New York Department of State matched by an equal amount in village funds. The final phase, which includes the construction of a new portion of RiverWalk, is funded by $2 million from the County Legacy Program, $1 million of village funds and more than $1 million in private donations.

In his remarks, Connett said the village had been working on its waterfront vision for decades with the inspiration and partial funding through a $1 million donation by Marie and Arch McKeller, who attended the ceremony.

RiverWalk is Westchester County's planned pedestrian trailway that weaves through the main streets of historic river towns and provides access and linkages to recreational, cultural and historic resources along the Hudson River. Nearly half of the Westchester RiverWalk route is directly along the river’s shore. It will include 14 municipalities from the border of the Bronx to Putnam County. Thirty-three miles of trailways have already been incorporated into RiverWalk.

The Dobbs Ferry segment of RiverWalk begins at Wickers Creek on the west side of the Metro-North Railroad Hudson Line tracks and proceeds south through waterfront lands on Palisades Street. The trailway will include the undeveloped portion of the village’s waterfront property via a path along the shoreline of Waterfront Park.

At the southern end of the park, near the Half Moon Restaurant, RiverWalk’s prospective route will follow High Street over the railroad tracks to Walnut Street where it will intersect with the Old Croton Aqueduct.

More information, maps and photos on RiverWalk are available on the county web site.

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