There are plans for Riverside Park and the waterfront of Port Jervis, including an expansion of the park, additional features added, the construction of a whitewater kayak park in the river and a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks to connect the waterfront to downtown. See the city's Delaware River Waterfront Revitalization Plan for more information.
Frank Lehn Community Center
The architectural firm Anderson Design Group completed and resently presented plans for the proposed Farnum House Rehabiliation and construction of a community, recreation and evacuation center. The communitycenter would potentially be named to honor the city's first recreation director, Frank Lehn. See more details on the city's website.
A pocket park or pop-up park is an inexpensive way for a city to provide a public space for residents and visitors in a downtown setting. Using a vacant lot, some inexpensive outdoor chairs, tables, plantings and lighting, a very inviting public space can easily be created. This small park in Wichita uses old cable spools for tables and offers visitors games such as table tennis and jumbo four-in-a-row.
Disc Golf Course
Disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. Disc golf courses are inexpensive to install and easy to maintain and provide residents another activity in an already existing park and could bring in more visitors to the city by providing another activity for guests.
Neversink Kayak Dock
A kayak dock installed near the new Frank D. Bell Neversink Bridge could provide residents and visitors with an opportunity to access the Lower Neversink River.
Port Jervis already has many trails for residents and visitors, including over fifty miles of Watershed Trails, the Delaware and Hudson Canal Trail, the Delaware River Heritage Trail and the Minisink Trail. Here are five additional trail proposals. The first trail is the pink, Dike Trail. This trail's biggest benefit is its scenic value and its off road connection of the Mid-Delaware Bridge to Riverside Park. Although the dike is state-owned land and a connection to Second Street would be easy, the trail further north would require more expensive and complicated construction. A second trail, the blue, River to Ridge Trail, is probably the best proposal in terms of ease of construction and potential use. The River to Ridge Trail would connect Riverside Park (and with the completed Fowler Street Pedestrian Bridge, downtown) to the Shawangunk Ridge trails. It could follow the railroad tracks for much of its length like the Erie Trail. An alternative routing is shown below. The third trail, the Ontario and Western Trail, is a proposed Rail-to-Trail. The southwestern section would require cooperation from private land owners. The yellow trail would be a rerouting of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Trail off of Main Street. This short extension would connect the current section of trail with Delaware Street behind Pike Plaza. It could also connect to Pike Street between the Port Jervis Public Library and the Youth Community Center . The last trail, the red, Observatory Trail, could use the city lot on West Main Street to go up the base of Mount William and along city owned property along Park Avenue to the Observatory. An extension could connect to Mt. William and the Watershed Trails.