The Tidewater Center

The tidal Esopus Creek at Saugeries overlooking the future site of the Tidewater Center.  Photo by Michael Nelson.

Transforming an industrial ruins into a waterfront center for Art, Ecology & Community Well-Being.

 Arm-of-the-Sea Theater has been bringing to life Hudson River history and ecology for 35+ years with expansive and accessible visual dramas. Now, at a long-abandoned site on the tidal Esopus Creek in Saugerties NY, we’re unpacking our storytelling toolkit and setting the stage for a multi-faceted visitors’ center with facilities for performing arts, exhibitions, river-related programs and citizen-science projects. The Tidewater Center will also feature a waterworks playground related to the historic water-powered mills of Saugerties, public access to tidewater fishing, and a way-station for mariners and kayakers.  

An eleven-member Steering Group is overseeing the planning process. Its members include an engineer, construction manager, logistics professional, visual artists, educators, and restoration ecologists drawn from Arm-of-the-Sea’s staff, board & associates. We have secured the services of Beacon-based design firm One Nature LLC. Planning for this project made possible by support from the Environmental Protection Fund, administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Painting by Neil Ives of former Sheffield Paper Company in Saugerties, NY.

Project Site after tree clearing. January, 2018