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Pardon Our Progress. Boscobel’s Historic Site Breaks Ground On Modernizing Updates

March 29th, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Garrison, NY -March 2022) –Pardon Our Progress. Boscobel’s Historic Site Breaks Ground On Modernizing Updates

This year Boscobel House and Gardens marks a new era, reimagining how the organization stewards their land and fosters meaningful experiences for visitors. A dedicated team has broken ground on a series of well-needed updates to modernize operations, increase ADA accessibility, and enrich experiences across the iconic site. The upgrades will serve current and future generations by making Boscobel more welcoming, engaging, and sustainable.  

An important initiative that includes adding ADA-accessible parking and pathways, upgrading aging utilities and lighting, and targeted efforts to diversify trees and plants while combating invasive species. A major component of this phase is the installation of a new, seasonal Event Pavilion in the West Meadow to host public programs and private rentals. Until now, Boscobel has relied on canvas tents, which offered insufficient protection from weather and sound emissions, and caused frequent disruptions. Working closely with acoustic engineers WSDG, architects Reed Hilderbrand and SC-B Consulting, and other experts, Boscobel will construct a fully enclosed, glass-paneled, air-conditioned pavilion. Standing from May-October, the indoor Pavilion will support mission-related programs such as visits from schools, garden clubs, and other cultural groups, and the new Boscobel Chamber Music Festival launching September.

Boscobel  has set aside up to ten dates in 2022 to test the Pavilion for use for private rentals like corporate events and wedding receptions. Amplified sound will be carefully monitored and controlled by professional sound engineers, to mitigate adverse impact to our community.  

This part of Boscobel’s Master Plan also includes the formation of a Boscobel Tree Initiative. This new initiative is dedicated to ensuring the future health and safety of Boscobel’s existing mature trees and future impact of new species on our surrounding ecosystem. Learn more about this initiative and Boscobel’s overall master plan on Sunday, April 23 at Boscobel’s EarthFest, Saturday, April 30 at Boscobel’s Arbor Day Tree Planting, or Saturday, May 7 at Boscobel’s Invasive Plant Sweep. These programs are free of charge to the community and include pay-what-you-wish admission to Boscobel for the day.

Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, 60 miles north of New York City, Boscobel is one of America’s most beautiful places, with iconic Hudson River views, 68 acres of stunning grounds, a woodland trail, and pollinator-friendly gardens. Open Fridays – Mondays from April through December and on Saturdays throughout the winter, Boscobel offers gardens and grounds admission, tours of the grounds and house, and lively programs that explore history, design, and nature. Children are always welcome.

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