OSI Partnership Leads to Fourth New Bridge Project
For the fourth year in a row, the Open Space Institute (OSI) has partnered with cadets from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) to replace a pedestrian bridge on the School Mountain Road Trail section of Fahnestock State Park’s Hubbard Perkins Loop in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Design and construction of the bridges serves as one capstone project for civil engineering cadets at USMA. The partnership allows the cadets to take the skills and knowledge they have learned during their civil engineering education and apply this expertise toward the execution of a project that benefits the community.
Located approximately 1.5 miles from Hubbard Lodge, this year’s bridge replacement crosses a tributary of the Clove Creek and has a 5-ton carrying capacity. The completed multi-use bridge is suitable for use by walkers, hikers, runners, and equestrian.
“Through this ongoing partnership, OSI is proud to support the work of the West Point cadets in improving Fahnestock State Park, a landscape OSI has worked to protect and improve for more than 25 years,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO. “Our parks benefit from the active involvement and participation of the entire community, but especially of our young, future leaders. Through their service, each class of cadets is leading by example and providing the park with an infusion of energy and much-needed repairs.” Read more.