Hudson Crossing Park (HCP) is operated by a nonprofit organization of the same name although the land itself is owned by several entities including the NYS Canal Corporation, the Towns of Northumberland and Saratoga, the Village of Schuylerville, and the NYS Museum. Close cooperation and in-kind support from those organizations have made this park a reality.
The Dix Bridge over the Hudson, closed to vehicles for many years, saw many partners help raise the funds to rehabilitate it as a walking and biking bridge. In addition to the property owners, many other groups help with maintenance and programming in the park; some of those are Saratoga National Historical park, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the Schuylerville Public Library, and the Schuylerville School District.
The park currently consists of about 50 acres, with most of the land lying between the Hudson River and the Champlain Canal leading to Lock C-5. The nonprofit HCP was formed in 2005, although the work of creating the park from neglected land was begun in the late 1990s. The park lands consist of riverfront, open fields, a wooded ridge between the Hudson River and the Champlain Canal, and brushy areas along the canal – all habitats that will support a great mix of avian species.
There is a pollinator garden, a play area, and a canoe launch as well.
The name of the park comes from the fact that this location has long been a place for crossing the river because it is quite narrow there. Perhaps the most famous crossing to take place was the Bridge of Boats, by means of which the British Army crossed near today’s Dix Bridge on its way to the Battles of Saratoga. But Native Americans crossed here before that, and remnants of trolley and railroad bridges still exist in the park.