Foundry Dock Park
Cold Spring, Putnam County, NY
0.7 acres


Directions:

From intersection of Route 9 and Route 301, take Route 301 (Main Street) west for 2.6 miles, where it will intersect with Route 9D (Chestnut Street). Proceed on Main Street for four blocks, taking a left on Lunn Terrace. Cross railroad tracks and continue to end. Left on Market Street. Entrance on right. Free weekend parking adjacent to train station. This park is part of West Point Foundry Preserve. It is adjacent to the Cold Spring train station and the historic Chapel of Our Lady.

By train, exit Cold Spring station. Park is on Market Street directly across the station's parking area.


History:

During the site's heyday, a 600 foot dock extended into the river to receive raw materials and ship foundry-made products. There is an historical marker here concerning the Warner sisters, Anna and Susan, who lived on nearby Constitution Island and one of whom wrote "Jesus Loves Me". Dick's Castle (white walls and red roof) can be seen on the hill to the south. West Point can be seen across from Constitution Island. A quaint little church (Chapel of Our Lady) is also visible next door to this park.


Facilities:

Launch for canoes, kayaks and other small boats. Water depth is limited. Personal watercraft (Jet Skis) prohibited. Great views of West Point's Constitution Island.

Future improvements will include a shoreline trail, picnic tables and benches. You can walk to the West Point Foundry Preserve along the shoreline (cross the railroad tracks at the Cold Spring station) and up the ravine. 


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney, 3/28/02


Trees:
Acer negundo (box elder maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple) *
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Fraxinus sp. (ash)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Ulmus americana (American elm) *

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vincetoxicum nigrum (black swallowwort)

Herbs:
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Cardamine hirsuta (hairy bittercress) *
Chelidonium majus (celandine)
Geum canadense (white avens)
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny day lily)
Lamium purpureum (purple dead nettle) *

Ferns:
Polypodium sp. (rock cap fern)