The pedestrian bridge which connects Memorial Park to the village’s marina opened Thursday. It looks great! Even though there will be no Fourth of July fireworks to view from the bridge it is still a fun destination for this Nyack Fourth of July weekend or any weekend. The wooden bridge will be open daily till dusk, which is when the park closes.
Memorial Park reopened last month, but the road down to the park remains closed. Some parking spots have been added on Depew and Piermont avenues. Parkgoers can now use the lot at the Nyack Marina and cross over to Memorial Park via the footbridge.
The waterfront park is open but operating without the amenities that make it one of the village’s go-to spots. The bathrooms, basketball court, skate park and the wildly popular splash pad have been shuttered due to the coronavirus outbreak. A village employee is monitoring visitors reminding them to observe social distancing guidelines.
While the footbridge is now in use for the Fourth of July holiday, a dedication ceremony will have to wait, Mayor Hammond said, until gatherings can resume at some yet-to-be-determined time.” We just wanted to get it open,” he said.
The footbridge is one more step in the village’s master plan to create a riverfront ribbon of pedestrian paths from Memorial Park to the Nyack Boat Club on Gedney Street.