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Sat 06 Apr
Weir Tour
Saturday, April 6, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center & view a short film about the Aqueduct. The Weir is nearby on the Double Arch Bridge. There you will descend into the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. There is an optional walk along the Sing Sing Kill Greenway, located below the Double Arch Bridge, after the Weir Tour. Address: 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). Inquiries: Peter Dispensa, solarconstant@msn.com or call 914-522- 5000; Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.
Sun 07 Apr
Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct.
Sunday, April 7, 2019 02:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Tales of Croton Point: A Colorful History – Talk & light refreshments. Tarrytown Warner Library. Details: aqueduct.org.
Sat 20 Apr
Weirs to Beers: The Aqueduct in Ossining
Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:30 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

We start and end on a wooded trail – but in-between expect Sing Sing Village tales, close Croton Bay views, a stroll through the Sing Sing Kill gorge, and a neat microbrewery (almost) at walk’s end. Six miles, 3 1/2 hours (excluding the brewery), some hills. Wear hiking boots and bring water. This ramble is for people who walk fairly regularly. No bathrooms except at the brewery. Heavy rain or snow cancel.Meet at 10:30 am in the REAR parking lot of Scarborough Presbyterian Church in Briarcliff Manor NY. Please do not park in the main church parking lot! The rear parking lot is off Route 9 (a/k/a S. Highland Avenue). From Route 9 turn into Marlborough Road (a smallish road just south of Sparta Cemetery and just north of the Church). The lot is the first right turn off Marlborough. Tour leader is Lesley, cell 914-671-7112, please text only.
Sat 27 Apr
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile (total) hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com, 646-303-1448.
Sun 28 Apr
Van Cortlandt Park trails, including the Old Croton Aqueduct. Joint Walk with
Sunday, April 28, 2019 11:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet in either of two locations at 11 am: Take the local No. 1, IRT, to the last stop in the Bronx, 242nd St. and meet downstairs on the park side of Broadway OR meet at the first parking lot (free) of the Van Cortlandt Park (VCP) golf course. Beginning at the VCP golf clubhouse – moderate walk, approximately 6 miles, can be muddy, portions on the John Muir Trail will be hilly. Please bring food & water. History, birds, botany, and beauty may be anticipated. We will conclude at the historic 1902 golf clubhouse, where (at your option) you may purchase snacks and cocktails. Sara Kelsey, David Bernstein (Urban Trail Conference), and John Butler (Friends of Van Cortlandt Park) leaders. Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com, 646-303-1448.