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To discuss and try to implement the construction of an artificial beach along the Beacon waterfront, extending from the Long Dock park shoreline south toward Dennings Point. (see larger photo through website link)

Website: http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2996663200050886816gIrEto
Location: Beacon
Members: 8
Latest Activity: Apr 14, 2012

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Comment by Steve Knowles on December 24, 2010 at 11:52am
I proposed to NYDEC several years ago that Beacon be designated as a swimming area on the Hudson, but Beacon didn't make their list. (yet we have that, pardon me, ridiculous swim ring!) I have also proposed constructing an artificial beach along the Beacon waterfront, between the new Long Dock Park and Dennings Point (photo of what it might look like posted here).  If you think it would be an idea worth pursuing, please join this group and chime in.  It wouldn't take much sand, would not cost much and I think it would really add to the waterfront.  Small boat launching, beach volleyball, sand castle building, etc. would result, in addition to making the shoreline look a lot better than now.  I'll try to post the photo I posted here (a simulation of what the beach might look like) on another site that will allow it to be viewed as a larger image.
Comment by Steve Knowles on December 24, 2010 at 12:09pm

The aerial photo can be viewed as a larger image here:

 

http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2996663200050886816gIrEto

Comment by Steve Knowles on December 24, 2010 at 3:34pm
Someone mentioned that there is a sewage outfall somewhere along the area I have proposed for a beach.  Swimming would be down the list of activities the beach could be used for, and depending on the nature of the sewage outfall (presumable treated), it may not be an issue anyway.  I wouldn't think swimming in the ring just upstream (which is downstream when the tide is coming in) would be allowed if the sewage outfall is considered a hazard. (or perhaps, it's felt that enough dilution occurs prior to flowing past the riverfront park area)
Comment by Steve Knowles on December 29, 2010 at 2:46pm
The interest in this is overwhelming me.
Comment by Steve Knowles on December 29, 2010 at 2:51pm

Just to be clear...

 

The present shoreline is trash, rocks, slime, tires, etc.  There is no sand beach.  The photo is a simulation of what a sand beach might look like.  I took the photo when getting ready to land at Stewart.  (no, I was a passenger)

Comment by Hollis Bogdanffy-Kriegh on December 30, 2010 at 11:01am
Hi, I love the idea of cleaning up the water front, of course. I am just wondering if constructing an artificial "beach" would be environmentally correct for this area. My understanding of the small riverpool constructed at the north end of riverfront park, is that it is a prototype for a much larger riverpool that would be used for actual swimming. I think environmental impact studies are ongoing and that there will need to be a lot of fund raising for the larger riverpool. But it is something that people have really been looking into and the prototype is evidence of that. All of this is IMHO, as I have been a casual but enthusiastic supporter of environmentally safe riverfront recreation. Someone told me recently that there is an actual sandy "beach" along the Cold Spring waterfront. I believe it might be natural.
Comment by Elizabeth Connelly on December 30, 2010 at 1:47pm
i love this idea! or, at least make Riverpool bigger!
Comment by Steve Knowles on December 31, 2010 at 12:07pm
There are some "natural" sand beaches along parts of the Dennings Point shoreline.  Wave action in the Hudson is high enough to maintain sand beaches.  Since Dennings Point appears to be mostly man-made, I put the "natural" in quotes.  The shoreline between Long Dock Park and Dennings Point appears to be man-made, and therefore, environmental studies on the effects of adding sand to an artificial shoreline may just be a sign of the peculiar times we are in (similar to complaints about the effects of Hudson River Park areas in Manhattan, where they complained about the removal of old pilings that were considered good fish habitat). I've been involved with artificial beach construction, and it wouldn't take much sand to do this, and it would seem to be a big improvement to the present "ecosystem".  We're dealing with modification, of a prior modification, of a prior modification, so the overall study of environmental effects probably verges more on humor than science.
Comment by Hollis Bogdanffy-Kriegh on December 31, 2010 at 12:24pm
I am sure a lot of what you are saying is true. :-) Whatever we do to improve the environment and use of the Beacon waterfront will be welcome, whether is a beach a riverpool or just natural well protected shoreline.
Comment by Steve Knowles on January 4, 2011 at 8:25am
A LOT of people have been viewing the photo at the webshots site (link below), but nobody else is joining the group to discuss.  ???

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