Riverfront Park is a 3/4 acre parcel right on the Hudson River; it was given to the Village for a park in 1994. The park is located at Main Street & Scott Avenue. On November 18, 2017, volunteers cleared brush and overgrowth from the land. Public access is difficult, and the Village is seeking to change this.
Above: The unmatched view from Riverfront Park. Below: Mixed messages at the gate to Riverfront Park.
On March 15, 2018, Mayor Bob Schmidt attended an exciting meeting of the Rensselaer Land Trust concerning the Rensselaer County Hudson River Access Plan, which is a study funded by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program. The report details forty-four Hudson River access points in Rensselaer County. There is good news to share! The Village of Castleton-on-Hudson's Riverfront Park has been chosen as a high priority site, and is one of three of the seventeen high priority locations selected for an architectural sketch. This outcome is the result of more than a year of meetings and advocacy by Village leadership, and will greatly help in the Village's fight for public access to the Hudson River.
Here is the Village's section of the report, and the sketch of the park:
The full report is here: Rensselaer County's Hudson River Access Study
The Village has been participating in Riverkeeper Sweep since 2016. In 2018, the sweep location was at Riverfront Park.
Schermerhorn Park (AKA "The Brickyard") is located on the east side of Main Street, right at the Village's southern border. This 12 acre parcel was given to the Village by the Schermerhorn family. The Vlockie Kill, a Hudson River tributary, runs through it.
The Village received a Trees for Tribs grant from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's Estuary Program and volunteers planted 150 trees along the Vlockie Kill in Schermerhorn Park on October 28, 2017.