Accomplishments

Projects

After raising the funds needed to “close the gap” and connect Walkway State Park to the Dutchess Rail Trail in 2013 and later constructing and opening the towering Walkway Waterfront Elevator in 2014, the Walkway organization has set its sights on several exciting new projects that, when finished, will vastly enhance the Walkway by improving visitor comfort, creating new and improved access points, and building compelling new places where visitors can gather and learn. Walkway is currently engaged in a capital campaign to raise the funds needed for this far reaching project and was awarded $600,000 from NYS via the state Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) to provide a kick start to the $3.18 million campaign. The major components of this plan are summarized below:

Walkway Facility Improvement and Accessibility Project

The Walkway Facility Improvement and Accessibility Project addresses three related capital improvement initiatives, collectively designed to significantly enhance Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park’s capacity to attract and accommodate visitors.  The three main project elements include:

  • Walkway Western Gateway Improvement Project
  • Walkway Tour Bus Turnaround & Parking Lot Project
  • Hoffman & Reynolds House Adaptive Re-use Project at Upper Landing Park

These three projects will construct and rehabilitate key points of access at 2 of the 3 Walkway Park entrance areas in both Dutchess & Ulster counties, improving them for more efficient public use, better visitor access and comfort and, in the case of the Hoffman and Reynolds House, adaptive re-use and cultural enhancement of two historically significant buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. They have been designed in consultation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS Parks) to improve and maximize the future use of Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park.

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Awards

Hudson Valley Magazine - Best Idea About to Come to Fruition, 2009

International Bridge Conference - Historic Structure Preservation Award Parks & Trails New York - Outside the Box Award

Society for Industrial Archeology - 2009 Project of the Year Roebling Award

Association of General Contractors - NYS Excellence in Partnering Award

American Society of Civil Engineers - National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark designation - 2009

National Recreation Trail designation - 2009

American Council of Engineering Companies of NY - NYS Engineering Excellence Gold Award - March, 2010

Empire State Tourism Excellence Award for Tourism Development - February, 2010

Environmental Protection Agency - Environmental Quality Award - April, 2010

Preservation League of New York - Excellence in Historic Preservation - May, 2010

Hudson Valley Magazine Best of the Hudson Valley - Best Bike Trail - October, 2010

Pattern for Progress - Quality of Life Award, Tourism - November, 2010

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