Poughkeepsie... In a letter sent today, County Executive William R. Steinhaus has lent his support to provide funding for a trail system on the Peach Hill property in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The support effort is in a letter to Bernadette Castro, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “The County was pleased to join the State and Scenic Hudson in funding the acquisition of Peach Hill,” said Steinhaus, “and now we are happy to see the Town initiating plans for development of the Park.”
In 2003, the County agreed to match State resources with a Partnership Grant of $252,000 for the 158-acre property. Peach Hill offers some of the broadest panoramic views in Dutchess County. “As people discover the site, its use will grow dramatically in future years,” predicts Steinhaus.
Since Steinhaus authored the open space program in 2000, county initiatives have totaled 1,793 acres of farmland and 424 acres of parkland preserved with a value of nearly $13.5 million. Once pending projects are completed, County government’s total expenditure of County dollars will be $4.5 million.
The County Executive concluded, “Saving open space and creating a spectacular park in our most densely populated and commercially developed town is a terrific achievement. Adding new trails will make the site even more enjoyable for local families to visit.”