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Walkway News • Posted On September 28, 2015

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Walkway News, Press Releases • Posted On September 23, 2015

Railroad Bridge Sculpture to be Dedicated at Upper Landing Park

Installation of Michael Ciccone’s Steel Work ‘Momentum’ Planned for Saturday, Sept. 26

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POUGHKEEPSIE, NY- Artist Michael Ciccone’s inspirational steel sculpture “Momentum” will be officially dedicated during a ceremony hosted by the Walkway Over the Hudson organization at Upper Landing Park along the Poughkeepsie waterfront at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

As part of the demolition crew that worked to transform the Poughkeepsie Highland Railroad Bridge into the Walkway Over the Hudson in 2009, Mr. Ciccone of Saugerties spent several months using his blowtorch to cut off large portions of rusted and unwanted steel beams and hardware from high above the Hudson River. He later re-fabricated the 122-year-old steel into highly stylized abstract sculptures that incorporate sections of patinaed copper. “Momentum” is a free-standing “heroic” work which echoes the powerful wheels of a locomotive, with a twisted dark plume of simulated smoke arching over the length of the work, toward the rear of the 12-foot-high sculpture.

Walkway News • Posted On September 22, 2015

Stewards of Walkway Celebrated

Stewards of the Walkway receive recognition at September 17th event


(Health Quest recognized for long-term support of the Walkway Over the Hudson. From Left to Right: Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, Health Quest Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations Timmian Massie, President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Quest Luke McGuinness, and Health Quest Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development David Ping. Photo by Kristine Palmer Photography.)

The Walkway Over the Hudson organization hosted a reception at Poughkeepsie’s Historic Piano Factory on Thursday, September 17th to recognize 2015 Stewards of the Walkway, ten donors who contributed significantly to the nonprofit group within the last year.

Stewardship gifts—donations valued at $5000 or above—are recognized in several ways including engraved bronze medallions mounted at the Walkway State Park’s center scenic overlook and plaques mounted on customized benches located in the park.

Stewards recognized at last night’s festivities include: Health Quest, IBM Corporation, Doug & Heidi Elmendorf, Arthur L. Gellert, Ravi & Lata Hotchandani, Richard & Ellen Levine, Kip Bleakley O’Neill, Agnes & Ta Jen Wu, The Jeannette F. Schlobach Charitable Trust, and the Charles Ruffing Family.

Walkway News, Media Coverage • Posted On September 16, 2015

What's the most popular state park in Dutchess?

"ALBANY – This summer, nearly 100,000 more people visited state parks and historic sites in Dutchess County than last summer.

The boost in attendance, the bulk of which can be credited to increased traffic on the Walkway over the Hudson, reflected a trend across New York."


Poughkeepsie Journal

Walkway News • Posted On August 25, 2015

Walkway Elevator Update

The Walkway Waterfront Elevator is open to the public.

Walkway News, Media Coverage • Posted On August 11, 2015

Editorial: Rail trail connections make region shine

"For hikers and bikers, it doesn't get much better than this.

Over the last decade, the mid-Hudson Valley has turned into a virtual paradise of connected trails for people to enjoy. The Walkway Over the Hudson was the marquee accomplishment, but it has been far from the only one. The Dutchess Rail Trail has been fully linked and is now connected to the Walkway, with a path continuing on into Highland in Ulster County."



Walkway News, Media Coverage • Posted On July 29, 2015

A Day’s Work: Green Goats – vegetation control experts at Walkway Over the Hudson

"Girl power reigns under Walkway Over the Hudson. A quartet of four female goats known collectively as The Spice Girls — individually as Posh, Sporty, Baby and Bad — are the New York State Bridge Authority’s newest subcontractors, enlisted to live on the land under the Walkway for 12 weeks to clear it of unwanted and overgrown vegetation."



Walkway News • Posted On July 23, 2015

Movies Under the Walkway

Join us for Movies Under the Walkway!

This week's showing will be Grease!! The pre-show starts at 7:00 PM with live music from The Greyhounds, so grab your families, chairs and snacks and meet us at Upper Landing Park.

Walkway News • Posted On July 21, 2015

Walkway Elevator Update

The Walkway Waterfront Elevator is temporarily out of service. Please check back for updates.

Walkway News • Posted On July 20, 2015

Memorial Plaque Unveiled at the Walkway


(The Ruffing Family along with the Farr and Frawley Families,
organ recipients, celebrate the life of Charles Ruffing)


POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Charles Ruffing was memorialized by friends and family at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park’s East Approach on Friday, July 17, 2015, at an unveiling ceremony hosted by the Walkway Over the Hudson organization.

The Ruffing Family set up a memorial fund in honor of Charles and chose to install an inscripted stainless steel plaque in his memory. The family invited members from the Walkway organization, LiveOnNY, as well as 2 individuals and their families who received organ transplants from Charles to celebrate his life. After a moving ceremony in memory of Charles’ giving spirit, the stainless steel bench plaque on an Ipe wood bench was unveiled with the apt inscription “Charles Ruffing (1964-2015) Forever Giving.”


Walkway News • Posted On July 17, 2015

Elevator Update

The Waterfront Elevator has reopened and is operating normally.

Walkway News • Posted On June 29, 2015

Movies Under the Walkway

Saturday, July 11, 2015
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Upper Landing Park
FREE Admission

Join us for Movie Nights Under the Walkway! Throughout the summer, the Millman Harris Romano Foundation, Walkway Over the Hudson, and other sponsors will be presenting family-friendly movies—shown at Upper Landing Park. The pre-show, featuring live musicians begins at 7:00 PM. Bring your blankets, chairs, and snacks!

Pre-Show: Vito Petroccitto
Movie: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Walkway News • Posted On June 26, 2015

Get Fit Hudson Valley presented by Health Quest



(Lori Decker, Johnny Vacca, and Sarah Bradshaw. Photo courtesy of Sarah Bradshaw.)

Was that you we saw moving, shaking and grooving on the Walkway this spring?!? Did you snap a #HQHealthySelfie on the Walkway while you were out there? The Health Quest, Get Fit HV Fitness Challenge began in May with one goal in mind—getting the Hudson Valley active! We challenged you to take your selfies, participate in one of our fun outdoor group activities, and to spend 30 minutes twice a week running, jumping, dancing or whatever it is that keeps you moving.


Walkway News • Posted On June 23, 2015

Walkway Marathon in Partnership with Dutchess County Government

DavidRocco Medal(Environmentally sustainable medal crafted out of bamboo by Pleasant Valley Sign Shop. Photo by David Rocco.)

The Walkway Marathon in Partnership with Dutchess County Government


First—what an incredible day! With the help of many determined volunteers, sponsors and athletes, the inaugural Walkway Marathon was a great success. Staff and partners arrived on-site, many before the sun rose on the Hudson River, and the day began with a buzz of energy and a bit of uncertainty. As everyone held their breath and crossed their fingers for good weather. Thankfully, the weather held and athletes began to arrive at Marist College’s Historic Cornell Boathouse. Smiles were abounding as old friends reunited, families showered encouragement, and athletes prepared themselves for the task at hand. Skeery Jones from the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, and JWill from 96.1 Kiss FM’s afternoon made sure to wake everyone up and lighten early-morning dispositions. A few words of encouragement from Commissioner of New York State Parks Rose Harvey, County Executive Marc Molinaro, Dutchess Tourism President Mary Kay Vrba, Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, and Marathon Coordinator Susanne O’Neil boomed over the speaker as participants lined up. We could feel the excitement rising—a tree fallen on the course caused a slight 15 minute delay but was quickly cleared—the sound of a train whistle filled the waterfront and the athletes began their race.


Walkway News • Posted On June 22, 2015

Elevator Closed for Maintenance

ATTENTION: The Walkway Waterfront Elevator will be closed to the public for maintenance until further notice. Please check back for updates!

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