August 27, 2012

A Tour of the Amazing Hudson River Park

In May of 2010, I posted a blog called Big Changes Along The Hudson River, explaining how abandoned and decaying buildings and piers along the riverfront were being converted into 100 acres of lawns, gardens, trees, playgrounds, refurbished piers, and paths for the public to enjoy, thanks to Friends of Hudson River Park.  As a long-time supporter, the blog was about a gala that MSLO hosted for this most worthy cause.  Recently, I joined the Board of Directors of Friends of Hudson River Park and last week, I was invited for an official tour and to offer my gardening expertise.  From my office, I can see much of the park and have a pretty keen idea of what plantings have thrived and what has not.  I have noticed that simpler, native species do better than fussier, more complex ones.  We traveled by golf cart, beginning near our offices and going south to one end of the park and then north to the upper tip.  It was so wonderful to see how much has changed, how much more is planned, how nicely the park is maintained, and how it’s so well utilized by the community.

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