Poughkeepsie... A new website dedicated to the Dutchess Rail Trail, http://www.dutchesscountytrails.com/, has been launched today according to Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus. This website gives residents an opportunity to find out what is happening regarding the design and construction of the rail trail – the planned 12 mile multi-use linear county park that will run through the middle of the County along the former Maybrook Rail corridor and including the towns of East Fishkill, LaGrange, Poughkeepsie and Wappinger.
“This website is an opportunity for the public to be included in our planning and to stay informed of our progress on the eagerly anticipated Dutchess Rail Trail,” stated County Executive Steinhaus.
Website visitors can view maps of the Dutchess Rail Trail, learn about its history as the former Maybrook Line railroad, find answers to frequently asked questions and read press releases issued about the trail’s progress. Visitors can look at photos of existing conditions as well as renderings of proposed trail sections.
The public can use the new website to get directly involved with the Dutchess Rail Trail by getting updates about public informational meetings, posting comments and feedback or even finding out about available sponsorship opportunities.
The County Executive will host a public forum on the Dutchess Rail Trail on Tuesday, March 20th at Van Wyck Junior High School in East Fishkill. There will be an Open House starting at 6pm where the public can view aerial maps highlighting trail locations in each town that it runs through as well as displays of the trail surface. At 7pm, there will be a public informational meeting featuring a presentation by Clough Harbour & Associates regarding the trail project’s history, preliminary design plans consisting of trail surfaces, road crossing treatments, the addition of recommended bicycle/pedestrian bridges at major highway crossings, and trailhead and access locations. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for the public to share their comments regarding the rail trail to be documented for the public record.
“The Dutchess Rail Trail is truly a community park and I invite the community to join us at our public meeting and to log on to http://www.dutchesscountytrails.com/ to find out more about this centerpiece asset to the Dutchess County Parks System,” concluded Steinhaus.
Information is also available by calling Dutchess County Parks at (845) 298-4600.