Recently the Tappan Zee Bridge Corridor Team has expressed interest in a special project that we in South Nyack have developed for our area of the TZ Bridge/I287 corridor. It involves creating an elevated park over the Thruway and in an important way presents a unique opportunity to not only mitigate the highway’s impact but also to mitigate pre-existing environmental problems. We were asked to “think creatively” and we did just that, with a lot of spirited discussions. Our proposal of covering the highway as it passes through South Nyack and building an elevated public park on top would provide many
- It would provide a generous amount of needed open space in a currently developed area.
- An elevated esplanade would be a unique attraction for the region, commanding spectacular views of the Hudson River.
- It is an ideal spot for a “hub” recreational destination. Located midway between Tallman Mountain State Park to the south and Rockland Lake
and Nyack Beach State Parks to the north, it could tie into the Esposito hiking trail and the Long Path, both of which pass through South Nyack.
- Dozens of bicyclists pass through South Nyack every weekend. The proposed new bridge includes bicycle and pedestrian lanes, but there has
been no consideration of how these elements will interface to the landing in South Nyack. A park at the western
landing would tie the existing north south bicycle route with the new bridge pathways.
- Enclosing the highway would greatly reduce noise and vibration. Exhaust fumes from the traffic could be captured and scrubbed of contaminants.
- Elevated parks are proven feasible with examples such as the High Line Park in Manhattan and Paris’ Promenade Plantee.
We recognize that South Nyack, as the Western “host” of the bridge, is a gateway to our neighboring municipalities. What we do in South Nyack in concert with the Corridor Project team will affect our neighbors, particularly the Villages of Nyack, Upper Nyack, Grandview and Piermont. We would like to develop a vision that builds benefits upon the project plans and extends them outward to the surrounding river communities. The Village of South Nyack was severely
impacted by the first bridge. We now have a unique opportunity to take actions that will build a lasting foundation for our future. I will keep you informed as
more information becomes available. Until then, I welcome your comments