Union Vale, New York

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Union Vale is a residential town in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The population was 4,546 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Union Vale is in the south-central part of the county. It is part of the Poughkeepsie–Newburgh–Middletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New York–Newark–Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area. The town is 10 miles (16 km) east of the City of Poughkeepsie and 60 miles (97 km) from New York City.

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History

The region was originally part of the Beekman Patent. The town was first settled around 1716, and was formed in 1827 from the towns of Beekman and LaGrange.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.8 square miles (98.0 km²), of which, 37.7 square miles (97.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.32%) is water. The highest point is atop Clove Mountain, at 1400 feet above sea level.

Parks and recreation

Union Vale has two town parks (Tymor Park and Frederick E. Godfrey Memorial Park).

The larger park is Tymor Park which is nearly 500 acres (2.0 km2) and is the largest Municipal park in the State of New York. It has various recreational facilities such as sports fields, an outdoor pool, playground, pavilions, concession stand, a senior center, rental halls, equestrian center, camping areas, a fishing pond, ice rinks in the winter, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, historical sites, over 12 miles (19 km) of hiking/biking/equestrian trails, and more.

Frederick E. Godfrey Memorial Park (Godfrey Park), is 12 acres (49,000 m2) and includes hiking trails, a playground, basketball court, volleyball court, restrooms, and a baseball/softball field.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,546 people, 1,359 households, and 1,141 families residing in the town. The population density was 120.6 people per square mile (46.6/km²). There were 1,464 housing units at an average density of 38.8/sq mi (15.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.24% White, 2.35% African American, 0.11% Native American, 1.19% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.43% of the population.

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