For Immediate Release
May 31, 2019
Mayor Madden Announces Completion of Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch
Recreational facility enhances opportunities for boating, kayaking, fishing activities in Troy’s North Central neighborhood
Concrete boat launch ramp, floating dock and kayak launch port offers access to Hudson River for motorized, non-motorized watercraft
Project funded through various New York State waterfront access and improvement grant programs
Mayor Madden: opening of boat launch part of administration’s efforts to reconnect residents and neighborhoods to the Hudson River, encourage continued revitalization of Troy’s 7-mile waterfront
TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the completion of a major waterfront redevelopment project in the Collar City with the grand opening of the Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch. The new boat launch provides improved public access to the Hudson River in Troy’s North Central neighborhood, immediately south of the Federal Lock and Dam, for motorized and non-motorized watercraft.
Mayor Madden said, “The completion of the Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch is a milestone in my administration’s ongoing efforts to revitalize Troy’s waterfront. This recreational amenity provides new opportunities for boaters, anglers, and kayakers from across the Collar City and greater Capital Region to connect with the Hudson River. We are thrilled to officially open the new facility to the public for the 2019 boating season, and look forward to many seasons of activities along the Hudson River each year.”
The project commenced construction in August 2018. Major features of the site include a 30’x80’ concrete ramp, floating dock, and kayak launch. The site was designed to ADA standards for accessibility, with dedicated accessible parking spots adjacent to the gangway. Additionally, there are 19 car & trailer spots, with 16 regular parking spaces for vehicles. The location is the best available boat launch site south of the Federal Lock and Dam for approximately ten miles, providing a large portion of the Capital Region population currently limited due to I-787 direct access to the Hudson River.
Construction of the boat launch was funded through a $1.05M grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund and the Department of State’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). Additional funding for the project was provided through a $43,762 EPF “Eco Docks” grant for construction of the kayak launch. Additional funding was provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Grant and Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Grant programs for initial site design and maintenance.
The project also received a $12,500 grant from Scenic Hudson for site investigation associated with prior use and activities at the planned boat launch location. Listed on the State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites, National Grid completed remediation of contaminated soil earlier this year to address historic manufactured gas impacts to the area, helping restore the former industrial site to active use as a waterway access point.
State Senator Neil D. Breslin said, “I am happy to hear that the Ingalls Ave Boat Launch construction is complete. The opportunities that the new boat launch has opened for access to the Hudson River are boundless. I applaud Mayor Madden for his dedication to this project, and for his continuing efforts to revitalize the Troy waterfront.”
Assemblymember John T. McDonald III said, “The completed Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch will enhance the recreational opportunities for the Troy community and was made possible due to the commitment of various state and local partners. Our river communities have done tremendous work to utilize the Hudson riverfront space and access and I applaud the City of Troy for this initiative and look forward to seeing our community members enjoying the space this summer.”
New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, “The Ingalls Avenue boat launch is another example of Troy’s successful waterfront revitalization efforts coming to life. The Department of State is proud to be a partner with the City in making the waterfront the best it can be. This launch expands access to the Hudson, and showcases the beautiful connection between the river and Troy. We look forward to more successful projects to come.”
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “The transformation of this former
industrial property into the Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch is a great example of
the power New York’s Environmental Protection Fund and State Superfund programs
bring to revitalize and return abandoned and blighted properties back to
productive life through innovative projects that benefit entire communities.
DEC is proud to have partnered with the city of Troy on this project that will
help reconnect the city to the Hudson River while simultaneously utilizing
green infrastructure to reenergize Troy’s waterfront.”
“The opening of the Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch will improve the lives of residents as they’ll have a new place to launch boats, paddle kayaks and go fishing,” said Jeffrey Anzevino, Scenic Hudson’s Director of Land Use Advocacy. “Scenic Hudson was pleased to support this effort and applauds the City of Troy’s determination in creating this much needed and exciting connection to the Hudson River.”
The Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch is also identified in Rensselaer Land Trust’s Hudson River Access Plan. The plan includes all seven waterfront communities in Rensselaer County and identifies places along the Hudson River waterfront where residents and visitors can access the water. The boat launch is also a priority site on the Hudson River Estuary Program Boating Access Plan.
With seven miles of waterfront along the Hudson River, the City of Troy is strongly positioned to become the region’s boating destination. Local boaters can access the Hudson River via the Lansingburgh boat launch, located at 2nd Avenue and 123rd Street in north Troy. Construction of the Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch was also identified in the City’s recently-approved Comprehensive Plan. The plan highlighted opportunities to reconnect Troy residents and neighborhoods to the Hudson River.
Since 2016, Mayor Madden prioritized waterfront revitalization as a key part of his administration’s approach to neighborhood revitalization and efforts to improve the quality of life for Troy residents and families. The administration recently announced its plans to revitalize the South Troy waterfront through the Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) program. The BOA will help the city inventory former industrial sites for potential reuse to foster economic redevelopment, build the tax base, and local job creation.
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John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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