Bedford Supervisor Praises Reservation Fire Tower Plan

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The supervisors of Pound Ridge, Lewisboro and Bedford have given endorsements of a plan to replace an old fire tower at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.
The supervisors of Pound Ridge, Lewisboro and Bedford have given endorsements of a plan to replace an old fire tower at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Photo Credit: Daily Voice file photo

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The supervisors of Pound Ridge, Lewisboro and Bedford recently gave endorsements of a proposal to replace an old fire tower at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.

The supervisors gave their support in letters written in April and May. The proposal, which involves erecting the same model of the former 60-foot tower, was presented on Tuesday, June 24, before at a committee of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. The cost of the construction would be funded through private capital from the group Friends of the Trailside Museum and the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.

The reservation is in parts of Pound Ridge and Lewisboro.

Pound Ridge Supervisor Richard Lyman wrote: "The tower will most certainly become an area focal point once again as it was when it was in actual operation."

Bedford Supervisor Chris Burdick wrote: "Having the tower back in its original place in the reservation will be good economically for the park, the county and local communities, as it will once again become a true destination for the tristate area."

Lewisboro Supervisor Peter Parsons noted the views that a tower would provide.

"The views to Long Island, New York City, the Hudson River, the Catskills and the Appalachians would be spectacular enough to make the tower a destination rivaling the Perkins Observatory on Bear Mountain and High Point above Port Jervis."

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