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The official groundbreaking for the Keeper's House Restoration project drew happy crowds on Friday June 27th, 2014!

On hand to shovel some ceremonial dirt were:

Top pic, left to right: FOCA Board member Douglas Emilio; Linda Cooper, Regional Director at New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation ; Dobbs Ferry Mayor's representative Liz Dreaper; State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins; FOCA President Mavis Cain; project contractor David Furaro.

Bottom pic left to right: Lucy Waletsky, Chair of the New York State Council of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; project Architect Steve Tilly; FOCA Vice-President Robert Kornfeld; Park Manager Gary Ricci; County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky; Assemblyman Tom Abinanti.

The building will be restored and open to the public in Spring 2015 with State Park offices and restrooms. The Friends are now raising funds for state-of-the-art exhibitions and displays. To view a PDF of our plans for the displays, click HERE.

For a slideshow of the groundbreaking event, please click HERE.


The ribbon cutting event celebrating the restoration of a Tarrytown section of the trail drew a happy and enthusiastic crowd on Sunday June 15. The event opened in a spectacular setting in the Lyndhurst conservatory with our special guests sitting beside the fountain with the scent of roses in the air.

Kevin Plunkett, Westchester County Executive; Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, Westchester County Legislator; and MaryJane Shimsky all spoke glowingly of the importance of the trail to all Westchester residents and visitors.

Linda Cooper, Director of the Taconic Region of NY State Parks, Andy Todd and Barry Prevor of Greystone-on-Hudson – who facilitated the restoration of the trail – cut the ribbon together with a signal from FOCA president, Mavis Cain. Two Dobbs Ferry student musicians Phil Moreno and Thomas Horikawa heralded the speeches with a trumpet flare and clarinet melodies as the group walked the trail.

Howard Zar, Lyndhurst Director hosted the event.

--Mavis Cain