If you're a regular hiker of Mt. Beacon to Mount Beacon Park, where you first encounter the steep staircase only to be met with a steep climb up the mountain to breathtaking views of the Hudson Valley, you'll have noted that parking at the base of Mt. Beacon is thick. Cars easily fill up the 39 spaces that are currently available. Scenic Hudson manages Mount Beacon Park, in cooperation with the Mount Beacon Incline Railway Society, and is proposing to increase the number of parking spots from 39 to 77 on the existing surface of the parking lot (ie, not above or below ground, but on the ground).
The plans include universally accessible parking and walkways, enhanced walkways and an emergency access gate, a pedestrian connection to Howland Avenue, and increased landscaping to shield the view of the parking lot.
In addition to increased parking spots in the existing parking lot, Scenic Hudson is proposing to add connections to mass transit. "We've provided a pickup/drop off area for a future trolley or bus stop," says Scenic Hudson’s Senior Park Planner, Meg Rasmussen.
Beacon's Planning Board is hearing the proposal tonight, Tuesday, November 14th at their regular meeting at the Beacon Municipal Center, 1 Municipal Plaza, and the public is encouraged to attend to voice opinion. The project is filed under 788 Wolcott Avenue. It's a loaded meeting with several development projects in the agenda. The meeting starts at 7:30pm with a training/workshop portion to start at 7pm. Details about the project have been posted at The City Of Beacon's Website and can also be found here in our "Easy Access to City Meetings" section. When the video of this meeting posts, we will also add it to this meeting's overview page here at A Little Beacon Blog.