Sojourner Truth State Park – SEQR Complete

A  Statement from NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation:

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Sojourner Truth State Park – Parkwide Development will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the initial development of an abandoned industrial / mining facility into a New York State park. The purpose of the project is to make the ecological and natural assets of the site accessible for public enjoyment. The Palisades Interstate Park Commission and the NYSOPRHP proposes to construct 5 structures for offices, meeting spaces, bathrooms, maintenance facilities and storage. Grading will be required for those structures and to create ADA accessible trails. Trail network will provide patrons access to scenic resources as well as recreational resources to include a kayak launch to Hudson River, protected swimming within Quarry Lake, scenic overlooks of the Hudson River, and exploration of remnants of the industrial past. Excavation will be required for the installation of utilities. Sanitary waste will be treated with a mix of on site and off site resources. Potable water will be obtained from municipal sources, off site. Clearing of vegetation will be required to accommodate the above improvements. Cultural resources on site will be protected, and re-purposed where appropriate. Additionally, accessibility from Route 32, which is the primary vehicular entrance will be improved to allow easier entry into and exit from the park. The project is located at 100 Sojourner Truth Way in Kingston, New York.

SEQR has been completed and it has been determined that the project will not have any significant impacts to the environment. A negative declaration is attached.