The former 200+ acre, 18-hole golf course closed in November of 2021, and is being transformed into an ecologically managed, community-accessible landscape.
Ninety-eight of those acres are being transferred to HVSF to become an environmentally sustainable theater campus with accessible parkland for all in our community. HVSF’s latest proposal, submitted to the Philipstown Planning Board on September 1, 2022, includes a LEED-Platinum permanent open-air theater in addition to environmentally sensitive parking, accessible pathways for strolling, native meadows, and wildflower gardens. The native plant materials planned for the passive recreation area will allow for maintenance practices that eliminate the regular application of pesticides and herbicides and support a dramatic reduction in the use of irrigation.
Use by HVSF will be an ecological benefit to the site as compared to golf, which required an enormous amount of water and caused nitrogen-rich runoff to our waterways, resulting in a biologically sterile grass monoculture. The Trust for Public Land has identified former golf courses as priorities for conservation, since they are ideal targets for intensive development and can be restored to ecological health.
In HVSF’s proposal, the built structures on the site will take up less than two acres of the total site plan. All told, HVSF’s facilities, new pathways, and new parking will amount to just five acres. If the HVSF project is approved, this land will be permanently conserved and protected from residential or commercial development by legally enforceable deed restrictions imposed by Chris Davis at the time of transfer to HVSF.