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Palisades Interstate Parkway


Palisades Interstate Parkway
Rockland County and Orange County, New York

The Palisades Interstate Parkway was originally developed to preserve the scenic landscapes and open spaces of the Palisades along the Hudson River and to provide access to recreational and natural resources to the residents of New York and New Jersey. The project addressed sensitive planning and design development for construction of a recreational trailway within the current right-of-way of the Palisades Parkway. The proposed trailway will extend the recreational opportunities and improve access to the resources of adjacent parklands. It will connect with the existing trailway at the New York/New Jersey state line and continue up to Bear Mountain Bridge. Heritage Landscapes conducted research and documented the historic and existing conditions of the Palisades Parkway in Rockland and Orange Counties, New York. The unique character of the parkway is related to all its physical aspects including the spatial organization, topography, vegetation, circulation, water features, landscape structures, buildings, and furnishings and objects. Original plans and early aerial photographs clarified design intent and as-built conditions. An analysis of the historic integrity of the Palisades Parkway was conducted as a means of understanding change and continuity. Design guidelines were formulated to provide direction for the trailway design. The trailway planning and design report incorporated an illustrated history and chronology, and design guidelines. Alternatives for the layout and detailing of the proposed trailway were studied for compatibility with the Palisades Interstate Parkway.


Project: Palisades Interstate Parkway Multi-use Trailway Planning & Design

Project Credits: Heritage Landscapes, Preservation Landscape Architects & Planners, R.G. Roesch, Project Lead; Vollmer Associates, Engineers; Philip Habib, Traffic Analysis; Wall & Associates, Environmental Analysis