Tallman Mountain Park, NY
Volunteers Needed for New Interpretive Program
Tallman Mountain is a 706-acre park in the town of Orangetown. Its facilities include tennis and basketball courts, an athletic field, a swimming pool, picnic areas, bicycle paths, and hiking trails. Also in Tallman is the Piermont Marsh, one of four coastal wetlands making up the Hudson River Reserve.
Created for the specific purpose of preventing the destruction of the Palisades, PIPC has met some determined resistance on occasion, especially from quarry operators, who stood to lose if the cliffs were protected. In 1928, for instance, the Commission had to condemn the 164-acre site of a nearly completed quarry plant at Tallman Mountain, south of Piermont, after negotiations with the owner had failed. The ensuing litigation, which lasted 10 years, upheld the constitutionality of the condemnation.
In 1933, thanks to labor provided by the Temporary Emergency Relief Administration, PIPC was able to transform the former quarry site into a popular recreation center, with a swimming pool, picnic areas, and facilities for field and court games. Tallman's popularity soon exceeded its capacity, so that in 1942, with funds donated by three of the Commissioners – Laurance S. Rockefeller, George W. Perkins Jr., and Averell Harriman – the Commission acquired 542 adjoining acres. The adjacent 1000-acre Piermont Marsh, one of four coastal wetlands making up the Hudson River Reserve, is a component of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.
Park is open year round for day use. You can contact the park at 845-359-0544 or write to Tallman Mountain State Park - PO Box 491 - Piermont, NY 10968.
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Tallman Mountain Pool
The Tallman Mountain pool is CLOSED for 2012 season. The remainder of the park is open.