The City of Peekskill has approved plans and obtained funding for the Lincoln Plaza, a new park in front of the soon-to-be Lincoln Depot Museum. According to the North County News, work on the plaza will start next year and will include construction of a pedestrian bridge across the train tracks to the Riverfront Green park. The plaza and museum will both mark the site where then President-Elect Abraham Lincoln spoke in 1861 from his train, and will commemorate Peekskill's history and role in the abolitionist movement. Plans for the park include a boardwalk along McGregor Brook (a stream running through the site) and murals depicting historic events. The site is envisioned as a stopping point along the Westchester RiverWalk, and is a part of the larger redevelopment plans for the waterfront area. Check out the Lincoln Society for more about the history of the depot (including the text of Lincoln's address), and visit the City of Peekskill website for details on the planned park.
Images: Schematic from the City of Peekskill; Lincoln Depot photo by neatnessdotcom