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Albany, N.Y. - Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, is pleased to announce that the Village of Tivoli and Town of Hyde Park in Dutchess County have each received a $10,000 Greenway Communities matching grant The Greenway Board awarded the grants at a recent meeting. The Village of Tivoli will use the grant to assist in the planning and design of a waterfront access walkway. The walkway is envisioned as a shared pedestrian-bike trailway which will connect to Village owned waterfront parcels that will be developed as a Village park on the Hudson River shoreline. The grant will also be used along Montgomery Street, to repair sidewalks and enhance shoulders for the safe navigability and convenience of walkers and bikers to the Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area located in the Town of Red Hook. Mayor Bryan Cranna said, "I am honored to receive this grant award on behalf of the Village of Tivoli, and grateful to the Hudson River Valley Greenway for the confidence that the organization has shown in our ability to execute this grant. As one of the first communities in Dutchess County to join the Greenway Compact, Tivoli's commitment to supporting the Greenway's objectives has been consistent and we are proud of our strong relationship with the Hudson Valley Greenway." The Town of Hyde Park will use its Greenway grant to implement its Walkable Town Center plan. The town was recently selected to receive assistance from the Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council to inventory sidewalks, identify improvements and produce a cohesive pedestrian plan for a thriving, walkable town center to better serve residents' needs. The Greenway Grant will enable the Town to bring this plan to life by integrating it into town policies. The overall goal of the project is to boost businesses, encourage the thousands who visit each year to shop or dine, and enhance public access to the Hudson River and venerable local historic sites. Town Supervisor Aileen Rohr said, "The Town of Hyde Park is grateful for Greenway's support of our Hyde Park Walks Initiative. We have an enthusiastic team of residents working to identify ways to make our community safer for those traveling on foot and by bicycle, as well as by car. As Supervisor, I am dedicated to improving infrastructure in ways that support private investment in vibrant commercial centers for our town. Redeveloping commercial hubs implements Greenway's guidance and makes good economic sense for the future of Hyde Park." Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, stated, "Whether it's better access to the Hudson River or creating more walkable communities, the Greenway is pleased to be able help our partners realize their vision. The future of the Hudson River Valley will be the result of the things we do today and I commend Supervisor Rohr and Mayor Cranna and their communities for embracing Greenway principles and advancing these two important projects." The Hudson River Valley Greenway works with communities on a voluntary basis to assist in the development of local land use plans and programs related to the Greenway criteria. Greenway community planning projects can be undertaken by a single community to address local issues or a group of communities working together to address both local and regional issues. Greenway Communities Grant Program provides grant funding to help communities develop and implement a vision for their future that balances Greenway criteria of economic development considerations with resource protection and promotion objectives. Applications for the next grant round are due September 7, 2012. Visit http://www.hudsongreenway.ny.gov/ for more information. The Hudson River Valley Greenway is a unique state-sponsored program established by the Greenway Act of 1991. Presently, 271 out of the 324 eligible municipalities within the Greenway area have joined the Greenway. The program is designed to encourage 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, water trail and land-based trails and other projects that reinforce the Greenway Criteria. In keeping with the New York tradition of home rule, the Greenway program has no regulatory authority and participation by municipalities in Greenway programs and projects is entirely voluntary. The Greenway also manages the congressionally designated Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.