Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

September 10, 2009

Jayne McLaughlin

OPRHP Kicks off Master Planning Project for Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will hold a public information meeting regarding the preparation of a Draft Master Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Clarence Fahnestock Memorial and Hudson Highlands State Parks.

Park master plans help determine how to best identify uses for a specific site, make the most of limited resources, and protect the environment. Because public input is vital to the process, State Parks is seeking comments from all stakeholders including the general public, local government officials, friends groups, user groups and other interested parties. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center, 75 Mountain Laurel Lane in Cold Spring, NY.

State Parks' staff will make a brief presentation about the master planning process and the park. They will also be available to answer questions and receive public comments. An information packet is available on-line at:

All persons interested in the parks are urged to attend; those who cannot may submit written comments by October 23, 2009 to:

Elisabeth Pezzolla
Park Planner
Agency Building 1, 17th Floor
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12238
(518) 486-2909

A Draft Master Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be prepared by Fall 2010. At that time, the public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the draft plan for consideration in the preparation of the Final Master Plan/FEIS. After the issuance of the final plan and a public consideration period, a findings statement will be issued along with the State Parks Commissioner's decision regarding adoption of the plan.

For additional information and directions to the meeting, contact State Parks' regional office at: 845-889-4100. For more information about New York State Parks, please visit our Web site at