POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (Jan. 16, 2019)—The Open Space Institute (OSI) and Springside Landscape Restoration today announced the permanent protection of scarce greenspace in downtown urban Poughkeepsie. The newly-protected “Scraggy Knoll” property is the last remaining parcel of the original “Springside” estate.
The nearly two-acre Scraggy Knoll parcel, once approved for the development of a six-unit condominium, is located to the east of the current boundaries of Springside. Both Springside and Scraggy Knoll are a designated National Historic Landmark. OSI’s grant of $16,000 allowed Springside Landscape Restoration to conserve the property and its winding trails, rocky knolls, and pastoral forests.
“For over 170 years, Springside has been a priceless inheritance, connecting families to this wonderful landscape,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO. “OSI is proud to have helped preserve this special place, and prouder still that the citizens of Poughkeepsie will have it for their permanent enjoyment.”