hrgw-trail.JPGAlbany, N.Y. - The Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to announce the designation of the Alfred Z. Solomon Canoe/Kayak Launch at Hudson Crossing Park located at Lock C-5 of the Champlain Canal in the Town of Saratoga as part of the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail by the Board of Directors at a recent meeting. This brings the total number of Greenway Water Trail sites to ninety-four. Mark Castiglione, Greenway Acting Executive Director said, "The success of the Water Trail is a function of the commitment of our partners. Whether it's creating new public access points, improving existing public access or stepping in to help ensure critical access continues, the Greenway is proud to work with our partners to make the Water Trail an even bigger success. We're pleased to accept this new designation."With this designation Hudson Crossing Park becomes the most northerly site on the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail, which stretches to Manhattan. The site is expected to be constructed this coming season. Hudson Crossing Park President Marlene Bissell said, "The Board of Directors of Hudson Crossing Park is delighted to learn that the River Walk Sensory Trail and the Alfred Z. Solomon Kayak Launch, both slated for construction this summer, have earned designation as part of the Hudson River Greenway Land and Water Trails." Bissell notes that, "As the Board of Directors strives to tie environmental responsibility to economic revitalization it is exciting to be part of collaborative efforts such as the Hudson River Valley Greenway and the NYS Champlain Canalway Trail. Helping to bring tourism dollars into the local economy and increasing the quality of life for area residents offers a benchmark of success for the Park." Michael R. Fleischer, Executive Director of the Canal Corporation said, "The Canal System offers numerous recreational opportunities statewide, including excellent paddling. The new water trail access site at Hudson Crossing Park will be a welcome addition to the Water Trail along the Champlain Canal and Hudson River Greenway." The Hudson River Valley Greenway is a New York State agency within the Executive Department, established by the Greenway Act of 1991. Presently, 261 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 94 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 trail 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. 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

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Contact: Mark Castiglione                                                                                                                                                               (518) 473-3835