Beacon, New York
The City of Beacon provides a unique blend of attributes to support Beacon Institute's programmatic goals. Midway up the tidal Hudson, Beacon boasts transportation connections, access to deep water, a range of local housing and services opportunities, and several significant ecological habitats nearby.
The Institute's activity in Beacon is concentrated in two key waterfront areas -- Beacon Harbor, where a new dock will service our research vessels, and Denning's Point State Park. Both are linked by water, a foot trail, roadways and a potential light-rail link running along an under-used freight line from the central business district to the Metro-North train station. The north section of the waterfront is more developed and commercially active, while the Fishkill Creek estuary to the south is ecologically significant. Our waterfront neighbors are ready partners and include the Beacon municipal works, Dia:Beacon art center, a new commercial development planned by Scenic Hudson, Hudson Fisheries Trust and the Beacon Sloop Club.
Beacon Institute is participating in the new harbor management plan for the City of Beacon, which aims to revive the city's Hudson River heritage as a small, working harbor.
The plan will provide a coherent structure for development of the waterfront as a recreational and commercial attraction, while enhancing public access, transportation and natural resource preservation. This will be accomplished by concentrating water-dependant development and uses in the active northern waterfront area, while protecting the important habitats, open spaces and pastoral character of the southern waterfront.
The plan is being developed by City of Beacon officials, local organizations, stakeholders and Beacon citizens, with the assistance of the Department of State Coastal Resources Division. Beacon Institute is an active participant as it works to integrate its plans with the community's waterfront goals, to enhance public use and provide access for research vessels and other boats.