Stopping erosion won't be cheap

Kelleher said a vertical barrier in a style similar to the original wall installed by the Army Corps of Engineers would be best because it would allow fishing off the shore and other activities. That would be a much more expensive option, he added.

The town is planning to begin construction on a fishing pier later in the summer. Ocean and Coastal Consultants also recommended that work be done at the southern end of the park to establish a formal kayak launch. Many kayakers are already using this area to put in and take out of the river.

The conditions at the park are such that the riverbank is actually falling away underneath portions of a fence erected to keep the public from the increasingly unstable shoreline. This will continue to be a problem, said Marrone, and could eventually create a hazard for children. If nothing is done, he said that over time the town could lose a "significant portion" of the 51-acre park to erosion.

The consultants identified a number of possible funding sources in their report, but Marrone said in these tight times the town should be realistic when it looks at grant sources.

"There are grants available but you're going to have competition for those. There is a limited pool of money," he said.

In related news, the Town Board unanimously approved a measure to let the Selkirk Fire District construct a fire boat dock at the park. The department is now using a launch in Coeymans, and this dock would be much closer to its base of operations.


Pictured are images of the Henry Hudson Park shoreline included in the consultant's report. ""

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