Present and Future

Presently, the New York Power Authority is collaborating with OPRHP and Beacon Institute to fund an additional group of unique and exciting projects at Denning's Point. Entitled the Energy-Efficient Park Project - A New York Power Authority Energy & Environmental Sustainability Project, these projects will improve public access, provide educational/demonstrative opportunities and enrich existing natural resources. 

Completed portions of this multi-project effort include:

  • Denning's Point Road Bridge - Rehabilitated the bridge to ensure essential access to Denning's Point, making the bridge functional and safe for park visitors, service vehicles and emergency responders. 
    Denning's Point Bridge in Beacon, New York
  • Shoreland Trail Improvements - Redesigned and improved the shoreline trial on the western (Hudson River) side of Denning's Point, making it fully accessible to all users and to users with physical disabilities. 

Portions currently underway:

  • Solar Array, Parking Garage and Public Pavilion - This OPRHP project transforms an abandoned 40,000 square foot former paperclip factory into a multiuse public asset. The building's principal components will be repurposed in simple, innovative, cost-effective and sustainable ways. Presently fully designed and ready for bidding, construction on this project will begin in the summer of 2019.
    Beacon Paperclip Factory rendering
  • A Second Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries Educational and Research Facility - OPRHP's Solar Parking project leaves untouched a significant two-story steel, concrete and brick building which comprises the paperclip factory's entire western side. At full build-out, this facility will transform this into modern classrooms, meeting and administrative space, a field station for water-related research and a welcome center with interpretive exhibits for park visitors - all overlooking the park and the Hudson River. Achieving an operational campus, Beacon Institute will provide expanded environmental and educational programming for all ages; K-12, STEM and undergraduate and graduate education, in addition to robust public programming.

 

Gallery

Located in the dynamic West End district of Beacon’s Main Street, this historic brick storefront houses the Institute’s gallery and its administrative headquarters. The gallery showcases river and environmentally themed art and educational exhibits.

CURRENT EXHIBIT
As an environmentalist, artist John Sabraw produces much of his work in a fully eco-conscious manner. He collaborates with scientists on many projects, including his latest that involves creating paint and paintings from iron oxide extracted in the process of remediating polluted streams. The exhibit takes viewers through what happens to the land when natural resources have been extracted and the resulting pollutants that are left behind. 

Artist John Sabraw Anthrotopographies

Sabraw has partnered with engineering professor Guy Riefler to extract toxic acid mine drainage from polluted streams in Ohio and turn it into paint pigment. Once the pigment is sold on a commercial scale, that revenue will be invested back into the streams’ remediation.

On June 27, Sabraw will give a talk at the Beacon Institute on his artistic and scientific process, and his vision for restoring waterways through art. The event will be open to the public.

Visitors to the Beacon Gallery will see something special in the exhibit, “I have created new pieces for the exhibit using brick dust from actual bricks made long ago along the Hudson that indeed shaped its actual form, even as it polluted the river,” Sabraw said.

John Sabraw
John Sabraw’s art is in numerous collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Honolulu, the Elmhurst Museum in Illinois, Emprise Bank, and Accenture Corp. Sabraw is represented in Chicago by Thomas McCormick. Sabraw is a Professor of Art at Ohio University where he is Chair of the Painting + Drawing program, and Board Advisor at Scribble Art Workshop in New York. He has most recently been featured in TED, Smithsonian, New Scientist, and Great Big Story. He was born in Lakenheath, England.

Anthrotopographies will run through early October 2019. Register now to join us for an Art+Science Cafe with John Sabraw on June 27, 2019 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Beacon Institute Gallery on Main St. where Sabraw will present an in-depth look at his show. 

Artist/exhibit inquiries should be sent to beaconoffice@clarkson.edu.

Water Ecology Center (WEC)

Clarkson University’s Water Ecology Center (WEC) is located in Denning's Point State Park, in the heart of the City of Beacon's active Hudson River waterfront. A part of Hudson Highlands State Park, Denning's Point boasts accessible walking and biking paths, and rich cultural and archaeological history. It is located just south of Long Dock Park, the Dia:Beacon museum and the Metro-North train station.

Our facility opened in December 2008 and hosts University graduate programs, public nature programs, summer science activities, policy workshops and conferences.

The WEC is also a Public Visitor's Center for Denning's Point State Park, and is located near the entrance to the Denning's Point State Park's public walking trail.

Beacon WEC Denning's Point

Public programming at the Water Ecology Center includes WOW! for Kids, Walk & Talks and Special Events. Many events at WEC require advance registration. Events held at WEC involve a 10 minute walk into the park from the Denning’s Ave parking area or the Metro-North train station. Please wear comfortable footwear and be sure to allow additional time to enjoy the walk.

A model of green design by Gensler Architects, the WEC was awarded LEED® Gold certification in 2013. The building itself, as well as the surrounding park campus area, represent an adaptive restoration of an abandoned late 19th century industrial building and site that manifests Clarkson’s and Beacon Institute’s commitment to energy-efficient systems, sustainability and green technologies. 

Both the adaptive reuse of the handsome older brick portion, and the new attached annex were handled with great sensitivity. The annex is designed with a contemporary lightness, with large glass areas for viewing the surrounding river and forest vistas. The design is respectful: it honors the building's industrial past, while emphasizing the Institute's contemporary mission.

The WEC’s flexible spaces can be reconfigured for multiple uses, including seminars, workshops, exhibits, public forums and cultural and social events.

Denning's Point | Hudson Highlands State Park History

Denning's Point in Beacon was home to the dwellings of pre-historic American Indians six thousand years ago. Henry Hudson's crew sailed to it in 1609, and George Washington also landed there in the Revolutionary War. It is believed that Alexander Hamilton penned letters from Denning's Point that formed the basis for his influential Federalist papers. 

Denning's Point Beacon Brickworks History

From 1881 - 1939, Denning's Point was home to the Denning's Point Brick Works, a factory which produced as many as a million bricks a week to help build New York City and elsewhere. The 4,000 square foot brick portion of CEIE had originally been part of the brick works, and the 'DPBW' logo can be found on the brick path surrounding the building.

In 1988, New York State acquired Denning's Point to expand the Hudson Highlands State Park system. Hudson Highlands State Park is a series of separate parcels of land totaling nearly 6,000 acres, that stretches north from Annsville Creek in Peekskill to Denning's Point in Beacon. The combined beauty of the Hudson Highlands and the Hudson River provides a spectacular backdrop that serves as a continuous source for creativity and recreation.

Denning's Point History Brickworks Staff

The park's extensive hiking trail network includes terrain that varies from easy to challenging. Trail maps can be obtained at the Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park office. The park's most well known trail — Breakneck Ridge — was rated by Newsweek as one of the top 10 day hikes in America. The 5.5 mile Breakneck Ridge trail rises 1,250 feet in only a 3/4 mile stretch.

Please note that camping and use of fire are prohibited throughout the park.