The first state boat launch on the Hudson River to be upgraded under the Hudson Eagles Recreation Area program will be the Coxsackie State Boat Launch in the village’s Riverside Park.
Construction of the $3.2 million project began in September and is expected to be completed by spring 2022. It starts an initiative to improve public access and resiliency on the Hudson River between Albany and Kingston, while enhancing connections to waterfront communities in the region.
The existing boat launch at Coxsackie is expected to modernized with new floating gangways and docks, a new ADA-compliant kayak launch, and added space for transient boater tie-ups. Environmental improvements include a new boat wash station to reduce spread of aquatic invasive species, a rain garden to control stormwater, an electric vehicle charging station, and energy-efficient LED lighting fixtures.
Improvements to the village park include a new pavilion, enhanced landscaping and seating, a renovated basketball court, improved pedestrian and bike pathways between the waterfront and downtown, and new sidewalks.
Under the Hudson Eagles initiative, four additional state boat launches – at Schodack Island State Park, Crailo State Historic Site, Athens State Boat Launch, and Hudson State Boat Launch – will offer expanded access for boating, fishing, and wildlife observation. Pocket park amenities will also be added, including picnic areas, gazebos, ample seating, and signage about nearby local amenities.
Photo of Coxsackie State Boat Launch courtesy NYS Parks.