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Walkway Over the Hudson will offer the first of three general training workshops on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 5:30-7:00 pm, at 82 Washington St., Suite 201, Poughkeepsie NY, 12601 for those interested in volunteering for Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park.  

The Walkway Ambassadors are specially-trained volunteers who enhance the visitor’s experience in numerous ways and allow for a diversity of programming that would be otherwise unavailable at the Walkway Over the Hudson Historic State Park. Those interested are welcome to attend one educational training session to become a volunteer, or complete the required three sessions offered through Walkway Over the Hudson organization and New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation to become a Walkway Ambassador.

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The Walkway Over the Hudson Friends Organization is seeking to engage the services of capable businesses from the Hudson Valley to supply healthy food vending services for 2016 for an estimated 500,000 annual visitors to the Walkway.

Walkway Over the Hudson is seeking the following types of food vendors:

  • Food trucks to be located on the East (Poughkeepsie) approach paths to the Walkway
  • Self ‐contained Mobile Units, to be located on the East and West approach paths to the Walkway.
  • Small Mobile Food Carts
  • Locations will be determined by the size of the food vending unit
  • Food trucks for special events

Seasonal Healthy Food Vendor Request for Proposals

Special Events Concessions Request for Proposals

Please contact if you are interested in receiving the RFP.

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"Walkway Over the Hudson, which links Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County to Lloyd and Ulster County, is one of multiple destinations that anchor Dutchess’ booming tourism industry.

More than 4 million people fueled the industry in 2014, according to Mary Kay Vrba, president of Dutchess Tourism. And those visitors generated $508 million dollars in spending for 2014, the most recent year for which information was available."



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Posted on January 21, 2016

"Like never before, communities throughout the Hudson Valley are leveraging their natural resources to enhance residents’ quality of life and economic prosperity.

In Dutchess and Putnam counties, local governments are seeking to connect the City of Beacon with the Village of Cold Spring through the Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail, making a high-speed roadway safer for hiking and bicycling while boosting tourism. The City of Poughkeepsie and Town of Lloyd are capitalizing on their relationship with Walkway Over the Hudson by investing in trails and revitalizing neighborhoods that act as gateways to the span."


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Posted on January 19, 2016

"While the bid for the U.S. Presidency may be contentious, we’re instigating a friendly competition for the next Hall of Fame Rail-Trail. In recognition of the 30th anniversary of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), we’ll be conducting a public vote for the 30th entry into this prestigious group.

When RTC opened its doors in 1986, we knew of fewer than 200 rail-trails around the country. Today, their numbers have grown tenfold. This achievement would not have been possible without the groundswell of goodwill and generosity we’ve received from our 160,000 members and active supporters over the years. That’s why we’re excited to hear from YOU about which rail-trail you think should enter the 2016 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.

Inductees are selected on merits such as scenic value, high use, trail and trailside amenities, historical significance, excellence in management and maintenance of facility, community connections and geographic distribution. Below, you’ll find (in no particular order) our five nominees—which we felt exemplify all of these qualifications—as well as input from local trail users about why their trail deserves our highest honor."

The Hudson Valley Trail Network, which includes the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, and the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail, has been nominated. Voting opens in June!


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"Through engaged stewardship and fundraising, we enhance the Walkway experience, support capital improvements, and deliver innovative programs that attract visitors and contribute to the economic vitality of the Hudson Valley."


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