###Contact: Mark Castiglione (518) 473-3835
100+-mile kayaking trip from Albany to Peekskill scheduled for July 29 to Aug. 5 Albany, N.Y. - The 10th annual Great Hudson River Paddle, an eight-day, 100+-mile kayaking and camping trip from Albany to Peekskill, is scheduled for July 29 to August 5, 2010. Registration for the event is now open. A group of paddlers will depart from the Capital City and travel down the most pristine and productive estuary on the east coast, ending at the southern entrance to the majestic and historic Hudson Highlands. The paddlers will be camping out in state and local parks along the way or, new for this year, staying at a local inn. Opportunities will be available for paddlers to visit heritage and cultural sites in local communities. Options are available so that paddlers can join the trip anywhere from three days up to the full eight. The Greenway is celebrating the Paddle's tenth year by adding an over-night option at a Hyde Park Inn for the last five nights of the trip. This year, paddlers may either camp or spend their nights at the Inn. The new option was added with an eye toward attracting even more people to come experience and explore the Hudson River. Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, stated, "This event is an exciting and interactive way to highlight the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail, New York State's efforts to revitalize our waterfronts, and the commitment of partners throughout the valley to provide better access to the Hudson River. This is our tenth year leading this event and we are proud to continue to celebrate the Hudson River with our public and private partners. I'm pleased that we were able to work with our partners to offer a new overnight option that will help the event cast a wider net and attract even more people to our great Hudson River." For further information on the Great Hudson River Paddle, visit http://www.hudsongreenway.state.ny.us/Trailsandscenicbyways/GHRP.aspx or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-473-3835. The Hudson River Valley Greenway is a New York State agency within the Executive Department, established by the Greenway Act of 1991. Presently, 260 out of the 324 eligible municipalities within the Greenway area have joined the Greenway and over 800 miles of trail have been designated as part of the Hudson River Greenway Trail System, including 90 sites on 256 miles of Water Trail. The Greenway is designed to encourage Hudson River Valley communities to develop projects and initiatives related to the criteria of natural and cultural resource protection, regional and local planning, economic development, public access to the Hudson River (as well as other regional and local resources), and heritage and environmental education. It provides technical assistance and small grants for planning, capital projects, and water and land-based trails that reinforce the Greenway Criteria. In keeping with the New York tradition of home rule, the Greenway program has no regulatory authority. The participation of municipalities in Greenway programs and projects is entirely voluntary. The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area was established by Congress in 1996 to recognize, preserve and interpret the nationally significant historical, cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley region. Encompassing four million acres, the Heritage Area follows the 154-mile length of the Hudson River including highlands, rolling countryside and scenic shoreline. The area extends from just north of Manhattan to the Capital Region near Albany. The roots of American art and American landscape architecture, early settlements of the Dutch and French Huguenots, and major Revolutionary War sites can all be found in the Heritage Area. The Heritage Area is managed by the Hudson River Valley Greenway. Visit http://www.hudsongreenway.state.ny.us/ for more information on the Greenway Visit http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/ for more information on the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.