NHR is creating an outdoor therapeutic walking trail for adults and children with autism. It will be built and maintained on our 65-acre Briggs Farm site in Poughkeepsie. The Dutchess County Land Conservancy holds an easement on the site that requires all future development be done for therapeutic services or programs.
This will ensure the site remains a natural setting. The trail will be about 1/3-mile in length and four feet wide. It will have three sensory stations and will be wheel-chair accessible. These sensory stations can be used to rest and/or address any stress the individuals we serve get from the outdoors.
We want to share the benefits of outdoor exercise with the community so we will extend the use of the trail to anyone in the community who enjoys walking outside and being on a working farm.
Funded by Poughkeepsie, NY (October 2017)