New scenic overlook opens along Wallkill River
A new scenic overlook at which visitors can view the Shawangunk Mountains has opened along the Wallkill River, next to the new Carmine Liberta Memorial Bridge.
Ulster County Executive Michael Hein was joined by numerous local residents Wednesday to dedicate the amenity.
“It is a breathtaking addition. It is an adaptive reuse of what was a temporary abutment. It is now a beautiful viewing platform, and, in the end, we have created a waterfront in New Paltz for the first time since maybe the 1600s,” Hein said.
“We knew the ridge was beautiful, but the new Carmine Liberta Memorial Bridge and overlook do a remarkable job highlighting what a stunning asset we live amongst,” said village of New Paltz Mayor Tim Rogers.
Glenn Hoagland, executive director of Mohonk Preserve, said the new overlook and bridge “have opened up the iconic views of the Shawangunk Mountains and further connect the New Paltz community to the ridge.”
The $2.4 million bridge and overlook project was completed last month by county public works employees.
The bridge is named for a decorated Korean War veteran who was active in local politics and veterans’ affairs. He died in 2007.
The scenic overlook is next to the new Carmine Liberta Memorial Bridge in New Paltz.