Groundwork Hudson Valley


Brigitte Griswold
Executive Director


22 Main St., 2nd Floor
Yonkers, NY 10701

(914) 375-2151

What We're Working On

Blazing Trails through Urban Centers
Artist rendering of a portion of the planned Putnam Rail Trail. Photo courtesy Groundwork Hudson Valley

Blazing Trails through Urban Centers

Groundwork Hudson Valley recently received funding to begin construction of the first segment of the two-mile Putnam Rail Trail, which will also feature a new park and play area. Once complete, the paved, lighted pedestrian and bike trail will connect all the way from the downtown Yonkers waterfront area to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

Uncovering a River and Creating an Urban Hub
Groundwork Hudson Valley Green Team members participate in a cleanup of the Saw Mill River at the new daylighted Van der Donck Park in downtown Yonkers.

Uncovering a River and Creating an Urban Hub

Groundwork Hudson Valley has completed the daylighting of the Saw Mill River, replacing a surface parking lot in downtown Yonkers with what is now called Van Der Donck Park. The project used the aboveground riverbed to recreate 13,775 square feet of aquatic habitat, including a tidal pool and two freshwater pools. The new natural river flows parallel to the preexisting underground flume, which now serves as an overflow channel to protect the new park and downtown area from floods.

With its bird, fish, and restored native plants, Van der Donck has had a significant ecological impact. It also contributes to the cultural revitalization of downtown Yonkers, by hosting tours, art shows, events, music, public art, and a seasonal farmer’s market run by Groundwork Hudson Valley.

Community Engagement Through the Arts
Groundwork urban art youth crew paint chakra mural at Schlobohm Public Housing in Yonkers.

Community Engagement Through the Arts

Community Engagement Through the Arts (C.E.T.T.A.) is an initiative of Groundwork Hudson Valley that uses art to address community needs, based on a community arts model and taking a grassroots approach. With an after-school and programming component that make it self-sustaining, C.E.T.T.A. produces a series of community-based public art installations each year and involves leading public art practitioners in the New York region.