Improvements at Bristol Beach in Malden are moving along well, Saugerties Town Supervisor Fred Costello said at the Saugerties Town Board’s regular meeting on Wednesday, April 7. “There’s a lot to celebrate and feel excited about with regard to Bristol Beach. The highway department has been there for about a month, and we’ve managed to develop the emergency maintenance route that was described in our planning documents about two years ago.” The trail will go from the parking lot on [Route] 9W to the waterfront, to the first sandy beach, he said. “This will be a tremendous improvement to accessibility for people who may want to be by the water or just explore that part of the property with a hike. We’re very grateful for the highway department’s efforts here.”
Costello noted that the improvements depended on grants. “Greenway and the former Winston Farm Alliance made a substantial contribution to help facilitate this project,” he said. He also praised parks, buildings and grounds superintended Greg Chorvas and his crew for the work they have done at the site.
Costello also praised Don Legg and his group for their contributions.
“Jon took it upon himself to hike the property on his day off, and he has put together a rough map and found some of the four-wheeler trails and a narrow gauge rail line,” said Costello. “We’re hopeful now knowing where they are that we should be able to connect those and create a loop so that folks who might want to walk down to the newly developed maintenance access route can go onto the four-wheeler trail and come back on the narrow gauge rail line for about a two-and-a-half or three-mile hiking path.”