What has the Trails Committee done so far?

In 2021, the resident-led committee partnered with the Town of Philipstown and secured the Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant of $37,100 for a feasibility study for the Philipstown Trail — a multi-use trail for walkers, runners, and cyclists — that would connect the Village of Cold Spring and the Hamlet of Garrison, as well as key neighborhood connections between the two.

Presently the main way that Philipstown residents get from Cold Spring to Garrison is by car. With incomplete sidewalks and without bicycle lanes, 9D is dangerous to pedestrians and cyclists, discouraging these alternative uses. Our group has identified several possible alternative routes and is working with Weston & Sampson on conducting research and determining the most feasible and desirable option.

Prior to this, the PTC was awarded a technical assistance grant from the National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program. With this technical assistance, our group was able to work on increasing community interest in a multi-use trail, meeting with a variety of stakeholders and local experts, conducting research, and exploring possible routes. 

Past efforts include hosting four annual Philipstown Bikes Day events in partnership with local municipalities and supporting the Philipstown Climate Smart Task Force to successfully get the Town to adopt a town Complete Streets policy.

What is the Committee Trying to Achieve?

The vision for the Philipstown Trail is to create a route that gets people to the neighborhood connections they need to get to, by foot and without a vehicle. The hope is that we will be able to promote healthy living, pedestrian safety, and a greater sense of community by encouraging residents and visitors to walk or bike to a significant number of cultural, heritage, and recreational sites.

These locations include the Boscobel House & Gardens, the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center, Cold Spring Farmers Market, Desmond Fish Library, Metro-North Train Station, Philipstown Park, Philipstown Recreation Center, and the West Point Foundry Preserve. The proposed alternate routes would link schools, libraries, parks, Main Streets, medical offices, and some of the area’s most important landmarks.

This project aligns with recreational, public health, and climate change mitigation goals at local, regional, and state levels.

Next Steps

As part of developing the feasibility study, the committee plans on conducting community outreach and stakeholder engagement in 2022. Once the feasibility study is complete, the Committee will work with the Town of Philipstown and fellow residents to make the proposed trail a reality through fundraising, resident engagement, and a plan for trail development & maintenance.