Dutchess contributes $550,000 toward preserving Beacon’s Hiddenbrooke


BEACON – The more than 103-acre Hiddenbrooke
property in Beacon is now owned by the city as Dutchess County Monday
contributed the final $550,000 needed to pay for the property. The land
is now one of the city’s parks and is open to the public to enjoy
for passive recreation.

The property is located at the southern edge of the city at the foot of
Mount Beacon.

The city contributed $1.1 million toward the land purchase with $350,000
coming from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund and $250,000
from the Archdiocese of New York.

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Mayor Randy Casale completed
the paperwork for the county’s contribution for Beacon to purchase
the land.

As part of his 2015 budget, Molinaro recapitalized the Dutchess County
Partnership for Manageable Growth Open Space and Farmland Protection Matching
Grant Program with a $1 million capital commitment to focus on infrastructure
and agriculture development. Those funds will allow the county to assist
municipalities to develop necessary infrastructure in their commercial
corridors or to connect sites to municipal systems critical to business


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