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Recreation Goals

Provide residents and visitors with recreational facilities that take advantage of our natural resources, encourage health and well being, and provide opportunities to play together.


Although Hurley is small, the Town continues to grow and with it our need for recreational resources grows, too. Visitors drawn to the area also need recreational opportunities. And, in addition, residents from neighboring communities share our recreational resources, just as we share their’s.

Currently there are two recreational parks within the town, one owned by the town on Dug Hill Road and one privately operated, fee-based facility (Hurley Recreation Association) on DeWitt Mills Road. Additionally, the Hurley Little League Association maintains a baseball field adjacent to Route 28 in the Town of Ulster. The Little League also uses fields in the West Hurley area through an agreement with the Onteora School District.

The Recreation Committee oversees the park and organizes community recreational opportunities and events. We appreciate the work these volunteers do each year on our behalf.

The Town park site was chosen to bridge the geographic divide between Old and West Hurley. While politically expedient, the location can’t be reached without a car. This makes it of limited use to children.

Long term, we recommend that the town develop parks and ball fields easily accessible to the population centers.

The Town owns no swimming beach or boat launch area of our own. We provide a summer recreation program by transporting children to an out of town swimming area.

A 13 mile long rail trail follows the NY Ontario and Western rail bed through Hurley along route 209, through the woods on to Marbletown and High Falls. This rail trail is part o the D&H Heritage Corridor that will connect Kingston to Carbondale, PA over 100 miles away. The trail provides opportunities for biking, walking, jogging, and just being outside.

Although the population in Hurley is aging, the data collected from our surveys indicated that the town residents acknowledge the need for planning related to recreational resources.

While rail trails garnered the most support in the community survey, residents also expressed an interest in bike paths, a multi-purpose community center, and an Esopus boat launch.

NYC DEP lands offer a resource for additional recreation opportunities that would not compromise the quality or security of NYC’s water supply. The U&D rail trail and other hiking paths, ball parks, tennis courts, and picnic areas are all potential features for consideration. We recommend that the surrounding towns add recreation to the agenda of issues for discussion and negotiation with New York City.
Paying for a Recreation Infrastructure

As a fiscally conservative town with a population increasingly dependent on fixed incomes, residents want to see additional recreational opportunities with minimal impact on taxes. That suggests that the Town should plan for the long term, begin to contribute now to a capital fund, and pursue grant opportunities.

We recommend that the Recreation Committee develop a long range recreation plan and capital budget. With that in place, the town can develop strategies for financing the plan including applications for grant monies, negotiations with developers, and annual contributions to a capital account over multiple years.


Recreation Recommendations
  • Plan for and provide adequate public recreation space and variety as the population grows, in locations easily accessible to the population centers.
  • Make Hurley a pedestrian and bicycle friendly town
  • Join with the other reservoir communities to negotiate with NYC DEP for increased recreational use of the reservoir and its surrounding lands
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