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Dobbs Ferry Gears Up to Resume Waterfront Project

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – The makeover of the Dobbs Ferry waterfront will continue with the shoreline stabilization project set to resume soon, after breaking for winter. Matt Daniels, an engineer for the project, said that 90 percent of the waterfront riprap, which is the transition from the shoreline to the waterfront, is complete and now the sea wall at Willow Point just needs to be finished.

“There were a lot of complaints of the stones that were loose at the shoreline so those will be pulled in,” Daniels said.

Work will begin soon on a new boat dock, which will be able to fit seven private boats and the police boat with the current design.  Now, a final design just needs to be decided on for the fishing pier. One design option has it coming out from the land at an angle and another has it placed further north with the pier going straight out.

Dobbs Ferry also has an ambitious plan for the upland area of the waterfront including the park. Suzette Lopane, a planner for Westchester County, presented her plan for the waterfront’s makeover at a recent board of trustees meeting.

“The project that we’re working on now is the culmination of many years of work,” Lopane said.

Lopane’s designs included a mile long walking trail that wrapped around the waterfront upland area with benches throughout.

“I think this is going to be tremendous, right now people are just walking in the parking lot,” Lopane said.

The designs also included a new stage with a shade covering over it, which can come down in the winter to preserve the view, four picnic areas and a bathroom house structure facing the playground. Lopane said the plan would have a completely new playground with a tree house structure, which she described as its ”showcase piece,” along with a 2,600-square-foot “spray park” with fountains where children can play in the water without having to venture into the Hudson River. A potential boathouse was also discussed where kayaks could be stored.

Dobbs Ferry Mayor Hartley Connett said the waterfront committee would review the plan at its next meeting.

“We want to make sure we get it right so input is important,” Connett said.

Lopane said that pending board and permit approvals, which she hopes to have by the beginning of May, there would then be four to eight months required to produce construction documents before any construction could begin.

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