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Waterfront in Dobbs Ferry to Begin Revitalization

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – The waterfront along the Hudson River is always an area that is debated. Dobbs Ferry will soon begin its own Waterfront Park Revitalization project in the coming weeks. This shoreline stabilization will be the first phase of what Dobbs Ferry mayor Hartley

Connett referred to as a "landmark project" in an email distributed to residents.

The first portion of the project will be done by Coppola Paving and Landscaping Corporation, which won the bid for the job. This will focus entirely on the shoreline stabilization and will feature a groundbreaking ceremony at the waterfront.

"It's going to begin the shoreline stabilization project," said Dobbs Ferry Village Administrator Marcus Serrano. "So there will be a quick little ceremony to say thanks to everybody that participated to get this day to happen, recognize the funds that have been donated and all the volunteers who have been pushing for this for a lot of years."

Stabilizing the shoreline will include a combination of natural techniques, along with what Connett referred to as rip rap.

"Rip rap is a smooth transition from the shoreline to the waterfront," Serrano said. "So we're using some rip rap, which is the large rocks, but we're actually using a membrane and the materials below it to stabilize everything."

This stabilization will stretch from the southern part of the park at Willow Point to the northern points. The project is expected to take three months, but the village expects to have it done before winter hits its stride.

"We're hoping to get it done by the end of December," Serrano said.

Serrano said the project will begin the second phase of upland improvements and park improvements next spring. Both phases of the project have allocated money from various sources to get the project started.

"[For the first phase] we actually receive money from the Department of State and a private donor and the village funds," Serrano said. "Then the upland improvement which is the county funds, again a private donor and the village funds. So the difference is one is the state and the other is the county."

The groundbreaking ceremony for the project is at Waterfront Park on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m.

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