Ribbon cutting Oct. 19
Scenic Hudson will be joined by partners and supporters at a ribbon cutting for a new $3.6-million park at Scenic Hudson’s West Point Foundry Preserve. The park is reopening after a 15-month construction initiative to create a dynamic outdoor educational destination within the beautiful 87-acre property.
The park’s new interpretive features tell stories of the foundry’s contributions to the Industrial Revolution, its role in the Civil War (including an 1862 visit by President Abraham Lincoln) and the land’s remarkable ecological renewal.
In addition to the interpretive elements, the new park features gathering areas, native plantings, stabilized historic ruins and a universally accessible trail connecting to the Metro-North train station at Cold Spring – all these elements designed not to detract from the site’s natural serenity and inspiring beauty.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will also feature the debut of a Web-based audiovisual tour – available using any Web-enabled mobile device – that brings to life the sights and sounds of the West Point Foundry.
Located on a dramatic forested site crossed by Foundry Brook, West Point Foundry Preserve – listed on the National Register of Historic Places – contains extensive remains of the 19th-century ironworks that was a pacesetter in America’s Industrial Revolution, manufacturing cannons credited with winning the Civil War, some of the nation’s first steam engines and the pipes for New York City’s water system.
The foundry’s owners also were business pioneers, among the first to control every aspect of manufacturing, from raw material to product distribution.
The new park will contribute to quality of life in the Cold Spring area, and it will support regional tourism, economic development and preservation of an American legacy.
The ribbon cutting takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, followed at noon by a demonstration of the new Web-based audiovisual tour. Scenic Hudson’s West Point Foundry Preserve is located at 68 Kemble Ave., Cold Spring. Visit scenichudson.org.