A walk around Ossining – Double Arched Bridge

According to the Village of Ossining Downtown Walking Tour:

The Double Arches site consists of two bridges spanning the Sing Sing Kill: the 1842 Old Croton Aqueduct bridge and the 1862 Broadway Bridge. The 88-foot Old Croton Aqueduct Bridge traverses the gorge at a level 100 feet above the stream. The bridge was designed by well-known 19th century civil engineer John B. Jervis and built for a cost of $90,685 in 1837 dollars. In the early 1860s, the Broadway Bridge was built to replace a smaller wooden span that was inaccessible to horse-drawn vehicles. The new structure was also built of stone masonry and extends east-west over the Kill Brook. In the early 20th century, the bridges’ similar design and stone construction prompted the community to bestow the site with the name ‘Double Arches’. The image of the Double Arches was later adopted as the seal for the Town of Ossining.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

A walk around Ossining – Sing Sing Kill Greenway

While I was up on top of the promenade I happened to glance down and see a ramp going down from near the Visitor’s Center. I wonder where that goes, I thought and went down to take a look.

It turns out that since 2016 there’s been a new park that I didn’t even know existed.

According to Ossining Patch (In a 2016 article entitled: Ossining Opens New Greenway in the Sing Sing Kill):

Ossining will celebrate its newest park, the Sing Sing Kill Greenway, with a ribbon-cutting and tour on April 13 as part of a ‘Smart Water’ series of events.

The greenway gives access for the first time in decades inside the ravine that the Kill Brook carved over millennia in its headlong journey from the Ossining hills to the Hudson River.

“The Sing Sing Kill Greenway is an example of environmental ingenuity and maximizing the benefit of public investment,” said Village of Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity in a prepared statement. “We’re taking a hard look at ways we can responsibly provide for our current needs, while looking ahead to the needs of future generations – all while making the most of taxpayer dollars. Thanks to innovative thinking from the village engineer, a required sanitary sewer upgrade has been transformed into a magnificent public greenway through the heart of downtown Ossining. We invite the public to celebrate in its beauty.”

It was a pleasant, if rather short walk along the ‘Kill’ (Dutch for creek or water channel) with good view of the double arched bridge.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

A walk around Ossining – Old Croton Aqueduct Promenade

The picture above is taken from the Weir Chamber looking back towards the town. The tower of the First Baptist Church can be seen in the background

According to the Village of Ossining Downtown Walking Tour:

The Old Croton Aqueduct Promenade is the Downtown Ossining portion of the trail that is located directly above the water tunnel of the same name. The Aqueduct was constructed from 1837-1842 to provide growing New York City with access to new fresh water supplies. The Aqueduct tunnel connected the 660 million gallon Croton Reservoir in Cortlandt with a 180 million gallon receiving reservoir located on the site of what is now the Great Lawn in Manhattan’s Central Park, allowing 85 million gallons of water to be transported each day. The Aqueduct runs the entire length of both the Village of Ossining and of Westchester County with twenty-six miles of the total forty-one mile length located north of the New York City line. An interpretive sign located at the start of the promenade contains further information on the Aqueduct’s route and history.

A nearby interpretive sign reads:

The pathway over the Croton Aqueduct arch is known as the Promenade. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Promenade was a popular place to stroll. Romantic and picturesque places to walk were popular venues during the Victorian era. In that period, the Promenade was also used for concerts, dances and socials. Such was the popularity that Ossining was not the only promenade along the aqueduct. A wide promenade surrounded the reservoir at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and Frederick Law Olmstead designated a promenade to extend over the Croton Aqueduct, connecting Jerome Park racetrack with the future Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

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A walk around Ossining – Weir Chamber

According to the Village of Ossining Downtown Walking Tour:

The Ossining Weir Chamber, located on the Ann Street side of the Double Arch Bridge promenade, is one of six such structures located along the Old Croton Aqueduct. The purpose of the weir chambers was to regulate the flow of water along the aqueduct tunnel, allowing water to be emptied into local waterways in the event of flooding or when needed for maintenance and repair of the tunnel. The weir chambers also served as ventilators for the aqueduct system. Inside the weir chamber is a large iron sluice gate, the opening of which allowed water to drain out of the tunnel into the Sing Sing Kill below. When all of the weir chambers were opened, the entire aqueduct could be drained in just two hours. Today, the Ossining Weir Chamber is a component of the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park. The organization “Friends of the Croton Aqueduct” conducts periodic tours of the Weir Chambers for the public, granting interested parties access to the inside of the weir chamber and aqueduct tunnel.

The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail is an off road footpath located directly above the water tunnel of the same name. The trail becomes the Promenade at its intersection with the Double Arch Bridge near downtown Ossining. North of downtown, the trail continues north through a wooded landscape, passing by the Gothic Revival-style Kane House before intersecting with Highland Avenue and continuing into Croton-on-Hudson. Please see the Village of Ossining Significant Sites and Structures Guide for further information on the Kane House.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.