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I traveled on the Metro-North’s Hudson line last weekend, taking the train out to Beacon, NY. I had to wait a few minutes for my ride and from the station’s stairwell I spied a small park so I decided to go explore around.

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I was surprised to see that the park was named after Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi. I wasn’t aware that that they lived in Beacon for much of their lives!

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The Seegers were incredibly active in early environmental causes and (despite the silly banter at the very end) this local news clip does a good job of summarizing Pete Seeger’s environmental efforts along the Hudson and describing what his Sloop Clearwater is doing now:

The park itself is a small peninsula that juts out into the Hudson River with a trail that’s paved and gravel to make for an accessible walk, play grounds, basketball courts, grills, benches and picnic tables. The whole park is maintained by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference which always does a great job with green spaces. Walking at a leisurely pace the park’s trail around the perimeter of the peninsula takes about fifteen minutes to go around.

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Junction in the trail where the pavement is replaced with gravel.

 

Of course, that’s assuming one would want to bolt around it. Pete & Toshi Seeger park is an amazing place to sit and reflect along the Hudson, especially after spending over an hour sitting on a train. And for city dweller’s it’s worth the $16 train ticket just to come out and get a different perspective of the Hudson. I know I spent most of my half-hour wait simply sitting on a bench and looking out at this view:

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