Saw Mill River Daylighting Tour

Sunday March 24 at 11 a.m.
Yonkers, NY

  • Saw Mill River underground. Steve Duncan
    Saw Mill Daylighted – Steve Duncan

After nearly a century of being buried in a concrete flume, Yonkers has completed the unearthing or “daylighting” of the Saw Mill River whereby a parking lot adjacent to the Yonkers Metro North Station was recently transformed into a river-themed park.

This tour will explore the confluence of the Saw Mill River and the Hudson Rivers. What once served the agricultural needs of the Native Americans and early Dutch and English settlers, and later as the source of power for an industrial based economy is now leading the way for the City of Yonkers revitalization efforts.

The tour will focus on the new Van Der Donck Park and will include a “behind the scenes” description of its design and construction over the past four years and efforts to daylight the next phases of the Saw Mill River.

Mario Caruso, a city planner who worked on the Saw Mill daylighting project will lead the tour.

1845 Map
Mouth of Saw Mill River 1784
Saw Mill River 1910’s
Flume Construction 1920’s
Saw Mill Flows into Hudson River
Larkin Plaza 1950’s
The Saw Mill River starts 20 miles north in Chappequa