###Visit http://www.hudsongreenway.ny.gov/ for more information on the Greenway. Visit http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/ for more information on the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Visit http://newbaltimoreconservancy.org/ for more information on the New Baltimore Conservancy. Contact: Mark Castiglione (518) 473-3835 firstname.lastname@example.org
Albany, N.Y. - The Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to announce it has awarded the New Baltimore Conservancy a $1,759 Greenway Conservancy Small Grant for interpretive signage for the new riverside park in New Baltimore. The Greenway board awarded a total of $80,000 for projects throughout the Hudson Valley region at a recent meeting held in Staatsburg, N.Y. The New Baltimore Conservancy will use the grant funds to design, construct and install interpretive signage in the Town's new riverside park. This 79+ acre park flanks the Hudson River and provides pedestrian and paddler access. The signage will educate visitors about regional history through interpretive QR codes, smart phone applications, illustrations, and text describing what life was like in the 1800s. Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, stated, "In recognizing the importance of our historical, cultural, and natural resources, The New Baltimore Conservancy is providing a way for the public to further enjoy the new riverside park. The innovative use of technology provides an additional platform for an educational experience. Using technology to connect people to our shared heritage is also a key part of Governor Cuomo's Path Through History initiative." "The New Baltimore Conservancy is delighted that our project has been selected for funding. The interpretive signs made possible by the Greenway grant will help park visitors understand how agricultural and other commercial activities shaped the landscape we see today, and how we plan to manage the current landscape to preserve habitat for species that require open grassland," said New Baltimore Conservancy Acting President, Janet Angelis. The Greenway Conservancy Small Grant Program is an annual competitive grant funding opportunity available to communities and not-for-profit organizations within the designated Hudson River Valley Greenway area, which extends from Saratoga County and Washington counties to Battery Park, Manhattan. The program offers funding for trail planning and design, construction and rehabilitation, and education and interpretation. Emphasis is placed on trail projects that seek to implement the goals of the Greenway Trail Vision Plan, fill in identified gaps in the Greenway Trail System, and make improvements to designated Greenway Trails. Copies of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail Vision Plan may be downloaded at http://www.hudsongreenway.ny.gov/Trailsandscenicbyways/LandTrail/HRGTResources.aspx. The Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley is a public benefit corporation established by the Greenway Act of 1991 to continue New York State's commitment to the preservation, enhancement and development of the world-renowned scenic, natural, historic, cultural and recreational resources of the Hudson River Valley, while continuing to emphasize appropriate economic development activities and remaining consistent with the tradition of municipal home rule. One of the Conservancy's primary objectives is to establish a Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System that links cultural and historic sites, parks, open spaces and community centers, and provides public access to the Hudson River.