Fred Schaeffer, father of the very successful Walkway over the Hudson(Poughkeepsie) will be the guest speaker at the organizational meeting to be held on Wednesday, November 16th at 8 PM at Greenburgh Town Hall to plan a lobbying effort to turn the old Tappan Zee bridge into a suburban high line when the new bridge is built. Mr. Schaeffer spent many years advocating for the walkway. Many people said it was not practical, could not work. But—Mr. Schaeffer persisted. And, today the Walkway over the Hudson is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Hudson Valley. The walkway over the hudson has been very helpful to local businesses and to the economy.David Wilson of the Bike Walk Alliance of Westchester/Putnam will also speak. We expect to ask state officials to hire an independent structural engineer to review the feasibility of this proposal. White Plains Councilwoman Milagros Lecuona is co-chairing the task force. She has created a new website: www.tappanbridgepark.com. Councilwoman Lecuona has 30 years of experience in architecture and urban planning. It makes no sense to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to demolish the old TZ bridge when the bridge could be enjoyed by millions. I envision bicycle/pedestrian/skateboarding, possible gardens, sculptures, summer entertainment on the suburban high line. If you are interested in joining the committee – please e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria of the Town Hall since another meeting is being held in the auditorium. My cell phone is 914 438 1343.