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Sloatsburg and Suffern recognized by Rockland County Tourism for the Explore Harriman trail town campaign

Posted on 22 January 2018 by Editor

Friends of Harmony Hall Board member and President of Rockland Center for the Arts Ken Linsner greets Rockland County Executive Ed Day at the recent Rockland County Tourism grant awards ceremony.

The corridor communities of Suffern and Sloatsburg (include Tuxedo for its close proximity) were again big winners in the Rockland County Tourism grant award announcement for county non-profit groups on Monday, January 22.

Rockland County Tourism’s Explore Harriman trail town campaign promotes the county’s western communities to people outside the county as unique parks and recreation destinations.

The Explore Harriman initiative, championed by the Suffern Chamber of Commerce and with partnership from the Sloatsburg Revitalization Committee, and this year, the Sloatsburg Chamber of Commerce, was awarded $20,000. Explore Harriman promotes the corridor communities of western Rockland County as an important state/county parks and recreation gateway and destination.

Sloatsburg’s Harmony Hall via the Friends of Harmony Hall was awarded $6,000 to promote the growing Highlands Bluegrass Festival as a singular Rockland County big-tent event.

The Explore Harriman campaign has deftly positioned Suffern and Sloatsburg (and by its park-centric alignment Tuxedo) as a place for other New Yorkers and north New Jersey residents to travel to for recreational activities. With Sloatsburg situated at the southern entrance to Harriman State Park, Explore Harriman advertises the corridor communities as Rockland’s gateway to the parks.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day looks on as Lucy Redzeposki, director of the county’s economic growth & tourism agency, discusses local grant funding to county non-profits organizations.

Alexandria Evans was once again instrumental in the successful grant process. Evans works closely on social media and other promotions for the Suffern Chamber of Commerce. The spring to summer Explore Harriman campaign will focus on a visually creative New Jersey Transit train and platform poster program that promotes Rockland County “trail towns.”

With the New York New Jersey Trail Conference busy building multi-use trails in Sterling State Park right next door and the Valley Rock Inn in Sloatsburg anchoring a constellation of businesses supporting adventure tourism, the area is poised to continue to grow as a park and recreation destination.

Rockland County Tourism, which advocates for economic development and tourism for the county, awarded a total of some $215,115 in grant monies for 2018 to 21 organizations. Lucy Redzeposki serves as director for the county agency which reports into County Executive Ed Day.

 

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Jeanmarie byman Says:

    Any word on that long ago idea about a walking / biking trail from Suffern to Sloatsburg?

  2. Noreen Fennell Says:

    Congratulations! So happy to see the recognition and funding for our beautiful area and our unparalleled “Gateway to the Parks” communities!

  3. dylan Says:

    I like what you’ve done with your site

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