The Riverwalk is one of those cool things that should happen but so seldom do. And when it does, it's wonderful! It came about because an organization by the name of Scenic Hudson partnered with the village, county and developer Natural RE/sources to turn this longtime industrial site into a waterfront park offering magnificent views stretching from the Manhattan skyline to the Tappan Zee Bridge.
While strolling along the walk, we watched jet skiers splash in the water, a boat zoom by, and in the distance, the New York skyline through the old Tappen Zee Bridge. A new bridge is just being built alongside, and signs along the walk explained the various construction support boats and barges. On the walk itself, couples and families with small children laughed and played. I'm happy to report that although the walk is not crowded, it's well used!
There's a riverside esplanade, a series of grass terraces and lawns, and an "eco-corridor" filled with native plants. Tarrytown can claim only a segment of the planned 51-mile Westchester County RiverWalk.
We stopped by the Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse, at the end of the Riverwalk. It was a fitting end to a lovely day in Sleepy Hollow as well!
Getting there: 250 W. Main St., Tarrytown (just north of Pierson Park)
Hours: The park is open from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset.
Websites: www.westchestergov.com/riverwalk/, http://www.scenichudson.org/parks/riverwalkparktarrytown
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