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Sparkill in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, December 22, 2017
1. Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail Marker
Inscription.
Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail
This project was designed and constructed by the New York State Deparirment of Transportation in partnership with the Town of Orangetown Parks and Recreation Department.

Mr. Joseph B. Clarke was the Superintendent of Parks, Recreation and Buildings for the Town of Orangetown for 27 years from 1969 until his retirement in 1996. It was through his efforts in promoting the Rail-Trail and by securing the federal funding to assist in the purchase that the Rail-Trail acquisition finally became a reality in late 1997. The Orangetown Park Development Advisory Committee recommended that the Rail-Trail be named in his honor, and on May 26, 1998, the Town Board unanimously voted for the name change.

The Town of Orangetown is honored that the Joseph B. Clarke Rail-Trail was designated a Community Millennium Trail by the White House Millennium Council on June 3, 2000, which is recognized as National Trails Day by the American Hiking Society.
 
Location. 41° 1.747′ N, 73° 55.764′ W. Marker is in Sparkill, New York, in Rockland County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Depot Square, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sparkill NY 10976, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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By Michael Herrick, December 22, 2017
2. Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sparkill Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Sparkill Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Sparkill Korean War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Sparkill Viet-Nam War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Sparkill World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Christ Episcopal Church Piermont and Sparkill (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Charles A.M.E. Zion Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Palisades Interstate Parkway Scenic Byway Corridor (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparkill.
 
Regarding Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail. The Joseph B. Clarke Trail runs on the former right-of-way of the Erie Railroad's Nyack and Piermont Branch. The trail travels between Greenbush Road and Oak Tree Road and joins up with the Raymond G. Esposito Memorial Trail and the Old Erie Path. It traverses forested areas and neighborhoods in the village of Sparkill. There are bridges over, and viaducts under, busy highways and roads, with some street-level crossings. The trail is well maintained and paved, wheelchair accessible and dogs are allowed.
 
Also see . . .  TrailLink - Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail
Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, December 22, 2017
3. Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail Marker
. (Submitted on December 29, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 29, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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