For Immediate Release: March 20, 2019
Contact: Kitty McCullough (845) 380-1887
Staatsburg, NY – Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance (CVPA) was awarded a $28,000 matching grant from theEnvironmental Protection Fund’s (EPF) Park and Trail Partnership Program to develop a phased capital plan and set restoration priorities for the restoration and sustainable reuse of The Point in Staatsburg, NY. CVPA must raise an additional $10,000 in matching funds, for a total of $38,000 for the project.
The grant, announced on March 19 is one of 22 awards totaling $450,000 for organizations dedicated to thestewardship and promotion of New York’s State Parks and Historic Sites. The grants, funded through the EPF, will be matched by almost $150,000 in private and local funding and will support projects to strengthen Friends groups and enhance public access and recreational opportunities at state parks and historic sites across the state. The Park and Trail Partnership Program grants are administered by the State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York, a statewide non-profit group.
Friends groups—nonprofit organizations often made up entirely of volunteers—are essential to the stewardship and promotion of our state park system. These dedicated groups raise private funds for capital projects; perform maintenance tasks; provide educational programming; and promote public use through hosting special events.
Parks & trails New York Executive Director Robin Dropkin said, “It’s inspiring to see the transformational effect of the Park and Trail Partnership Program grants and how they are enhancing the ability of Friends groups to make an even greater contribution to the stewardship of New York’s great outdoor spaces. These grant funds will enable groups to leverage more private and federal funding, marshal more volunteer power, and augment the state’s historic investment in parks, trails and other public outdoor places.”
CVPA will use Park & Trail Program funding to outline next steps for restoration and sustainable reuse of The Point. CVPA’s vision for The Point is a fully-restored Hoyt House with one or more tenants who are compatible with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for historic interiors and willing to give CVPA access for daily interpretive tours and special events; a restored Vaux landscape accessible for daily tours; and a restored Barn complex with three or more tenants who supply revenues to help make the site sustainable.
“The capacity to prioritize and plan capital projects is a key need for CVPA to be effective in the restoration and the re-use of The Point,” said Board of Director’s Chair Jon Lawson. “CVPA is very grateful to the Park and Trail Program and to Taconic Parks Regional Director Linda Cooper for suggesting that we apply for this grant to help us sort out the demanding priorities that we face,” Lawson noted.
The Park and Trail Partnership Program grants are designed to:
- enhance the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, maintenance and promotion of New York Stateparks, trails, state historic sites and public lands;
- increase the sustainability, effectiveness, productivity, volunteerism and fundraising capabilities of not-for-profit organizations that promote, maintain and support New York State parks, trails, state historicsites and public lands; and
- promote the tourism and economic development benefits of outdoor recreation through growth andexpansion of a connected statewide network of parks, trails, greenways and public lands.
The Park and Trail Partnership Program grants are open to organizations that support parks, trails, historic sites and public lands, and are administered by PTNY, in partnership with OPRHP. More information about the grant program is available at http://ptny.org/our-work/support/park-trail-partnership-program.
The Park and Trail Partnership Program, in addition to other grassroots efforts, complements the exciting revitalization and transformation of the entire State park system through Governor Cuomo’s NY Parks 2020 plan.
Parks & Trails New York is the leading statewide advocate for parks and trails, dedicated since 1985 to improving the health and quality of life of all New Yorkers by working with community organizations and municipalities to envision, create, promote, and protect a growing network of parks, trails, and greenways throughout the state for all to use and enjoy.
In a letter of support for CVPA’s Park and Trail Grant application, the Central Park Conservancy wrote:
Designed two years before architect Calvert Vaux persuaded Frederick Law Olmsted to partner with
him on an entry to the competition for the design of New York City’s Central Park, Hoyt house and its
promontory setting (known both individually and together as “The Point”) stand as a seminal example
of the approach to picturesque design that Vaux, in partnership with Olmsted, would further develop
and apply on a civic scale in Central Park. In this regard, the seeds for Central Park and for Vaux and
Olmsted’s legacy-from the launching of the park movement, to the founding of the profession of
landscape architecture, to the shaping of the American landscape for generations to come-were all
planted at the Point.
Calvert Vaux was a leading advocate in the evolution of the American country estate and the design of city parks and suburbs across the U.S. “Restoring The Point as a place where Vaux may be interpreted and experienced will help reclaim his pivotal role in the development of the American Picturesque movement,” said CVPA Board Treasurer, Kitty McCullough. “Interpreting Vaux at The Point will in turn add value to the site that can help support the extensive restoration needed,” McCullough concluded.
More information on the Park and Trail Partnership Program can be found at www.ptny.org or by calling 518- 434-1583.
Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance (CVPA) works to restore and find sustainable uses for the Calvert Vaux-designed Hoyt House and landscape at The Point in Staatsburg, NY, as well as the site’s excellent 19th-century barn complex. Expanding awareness of the watershed role played by Vaux in American architecture and landscape design is critical to growing the circles of support needed to succeed at such extensive restoration. As a pivotal Vaux creation, The Point is uniquely suited to becoming a place where his work can be interpreted and experienced. By seizing this important opportunity, CVPA, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, serves the Mid Hudson economy by developing sustainable uses for The Point’s many structures, drawing visitors to Mills Norrie Park, and creating greater appreciation for the many exciting Vaux resources throughout the region. We also serve all Americans by helping to forge a more complete narrative of our nation’s cultural history.