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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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Posted on December 22, 2015

Start the New Year off with a First Day Hike on the Walkway!

Participants can meet at either the West (Highland) or East (Poughkeepsie) gates of the Walkway at 2:00 pm. All participants will walk to the Center Overlook of the Walkway where they will be entered in a raffle to win tickets to Walkway's Independence Day Firework Spectacular on Saturday, July 2, 2016, family memberships, and Walkway apparel. The raffle will be held at approximately 2:30 pm when both sides meet.

In the event of severe weather, the hike will be cancelled. Cancellations will be posted on this site, as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages.


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Please join us in welcoming Mike Oates, CEO of Hudson River Ventures, as the 2016 Chair of the Walkway Board of Directors. Mr. Oates assumes leadership of the Walkway organization’s board of directors from Patricia Duane Lichtenberg.  He is CEO of Hudson River Ventures in Kingston. Mr. Oates previously served as the President and CEO of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC), where he founded NY BioHud Valley and The Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Alliance to promote the biotech and food and beverage industry clusters in the Hudson Valley.  He was also instrumental in the creation of the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz, where he serves on its Advisory Council.  Mr. Oates serves on the Board of Directors for Pattern for Progress, the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation and the John Jay Futbol Club.
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December 9, 2015

(Former Walkway Board Chair Sally Mazzarella (on left) and Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart (on right), recognize Theresa Gill for her service, dedication and leadership to the Walkway Board of Directors. Photo by Irving Solero)


Members of the Walkway Over the Hudson organization on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, elected Mike Oates as the nonprofit group’s new chairperson and voted to add three new directors; Jean Marie Healy, Dan Ahouse, and Robert J. Levine. Members gathered at the organization’s Annual Meeting held at Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse to elect board members and hear a report on the year’s activities from Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart. The Walkway Board of Directors also thanked Mike Horodyski and Theresa Gill for their service.

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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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