East Gate Plaza opens in Poughkeepsie, creating a walk-in souvenir pavilion, an expanded pathway, additional seating, landscape installations, and a covered area that can used for small events.
Operation of 11 passenger, wheelchair accessible electric tram begins to assist seniors and mobility challenges in accessing the Walkway.
Under Governor Cuomo’s directive, New York State Parks like Walkway Over the Hudson remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Walkway did not close for a single day in 2020.
Construction begins on the East Gate Plaza directly atop the Washington Street Stairs outside the Poughkeepsie gates.
Dutchess Welcome Center opens to the public. East side approach reimagined to include an improved pathway, stonework, and more public seating. An additional entrance onto Orchard Place is built. On October 3, Walkway celebrates its 10-year anniversary.
Ulster Welcome Center opens to the public. Groundbreaking on Dutchess Welcome Center at the east entrance in Poughkeepsie.
Construction began on Ulster Welcome Center at the west entrance in Highland.
Walkway Over the Hudson inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame with Ulster County's Hudson Valley Rail Trail and the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to construct welcome centers at each of Walkway's entrances.
New 21-story riverfront elevator opened, connecting Walkway State Historic Park to Upper Landing Park and the Poughkeepsie waterfront.
The renovated Upper Landing Park opened.
The Dyson Foundation purchased the Upper Landing and began work to convert it into a park to serve as the entrance point to a new Walkway riverfront elevator.
Walkway Over the Hudson achieved a new Guinness World Record for the longest line of dancers with a line of 2,569 people dancing the Hokey Pokey on the Walkway.
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park opened to the public, October 3, 2009.
After a groundbreaking held in May, construction work began to transform the bridge into a pedestrian park.
Walkway Over the Hudson partnered with the Dyson Foundation to access public and private funding in order to transform the bridge into the world's largest pedestrian park.
Walkway Over the Hudson assumes ownership of the bridge.
Walkway Over the Hudson was officially designated a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Walkway Over the Hudson began its efforts to provide public access to the bridge and link rail trails on both sides of the Hudson.
Fire severely damaged the tracks, ending almost a century of continuous use.
World War II
Through the war, the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge carried troops to be shipped overseas. At its height, 3,500 train cars crossed the bridge on a daily basis.
Trains started crossing and at that time it was the longest bridge in the world.
The bridge opened in December and was considered a technological wonder.
The first cornerstone of the bridge was laid.
The Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge was chartered.
An article in the Poughkeepsie Journal introduced the idea of building a railroad bridge across the Hudson.