Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park represents an extraordinary example of the power of many agencies, foundations, businesses, and people giving to achieve a common vision. It stands today as a singular accomplishment that has caught the world’s attention, providing the Hudson Valley with a unique recreational amenity and tourist attraction. And yet much more needs to be done in order to realize the full impact and benefit of that original vision.

The Walkway organization has a number of projects it envisions completing over the coming years including but not limited to: a visitors center, museum, outdoor classroom, running water and bathrooms, beautiful landscaping, shade structures and so much more!

To accomplish these goals, we need donors at all levels willing to share in our vision for Walkway’s future. Please consider a contribution to help sustain the ongoing effort to improve the Park and maintain the remarkable momentum. If you would like to become a member click the link below. If you would like to make another gift, or sponsor one of Walkway's premier fundraising events, please click on one of the tabs above.


If you prefer to mail a check or place your order over the phone, please contact us at:

PO Box 889, Poughkeepsie, NY 12602 or 845-454-9649

Walkway Over the Hudson is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. If your company offers a matching program, please let us know.

Walkway Contributors and Supporters

Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust, Charlotte Cunneen Hackett Charitable Trust, Lucy Waletzky, John And Beth Storyk, Michael Fleischer and Michael Dupree, Karen Widing, Adam R. Rose And Peter R. McQuillan, Donald And Barbara Tober, IBM Corporation, Poughkeepsie Garden Club, I. Bruce Gordon And David Levin, Winsted Foundation, MVP Health Care, Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club, IBM Employee Charitable Contributions, EASTER Foundation, The George A. Strba Charitable Trust, Hollie Adams, Hudson Highland Properties, LLC, Gateway Diner Restaurant, Marist College, Oliver Kita Chocolates, Ravi & Lata Hotchandani Foundation, Chris And Bonny Algozzine, Mike Arteaga's Health & Fitness, Virgina Banks, Kimberly Clare Ticknor, North River Abstract Corporation, Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc., William And Mary Lunt, Albert Mauri, Herbert And Sue Ann Redl, BCI Construction, Inc., Fred Schaeffer, Donald And Barbara Tober, Key Interiors, LLC, M&T Charitable Foundation, Vector Security, UBS Employee Giving Program, Mark And Susan Adams, Daniel And Nancy Aronzon, Jeremiah E. Berk Donor Advised Fund Of The Community Foundation Of Dutchess County, Dana And Sunny Comfort, Stewart's Shops Corp., Ernest Gomez, Walter Jung, Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction Management, Rosetta W. Harris Charitable Lead Trust A, Jayne McLaughlin & Barry Ramage, Steven Wilson, Dyson Foundation, Incarnation School, Scott Sweeney, R & C Cleaning, The Wilbur & Jane Whitman Trust, De's Jewelers, Community Foundations Of The Hudson Valley, Laborers Local 17, John Atherton And Anne Mitchell Atherton, Thomas And Linda Bauer, John Beurket, Steven Chickery, David Cole And Debbie St. Onge, Nick Donafrio, Fairweather Consulting, Ironworks Local 417-Newburgh, John Graham, McCabe And Mack LLP, Joseph And Mary McGowan, Patrick And Patricia Moore, John And Nancy O'Shea, David And Cynthia Ping, LHSA+DP, Karen And Nevill Smythe, Traver Family, Michael And Julia Kessler, Thomas Lepre, Patricia Duane Lichtenberg And Stephen Lichtenberg, Wayne Herr, Karl Kruszynksi And Jeffrey Schneider, Susan And Joseph Lindsay, Sally And Michael Mazzarella, Eric And Nancy Norberg, Barbara Pierce, Cliff And Cathy Foley, Mohonk Mountain House, Erma Francello, Bardavon 1869 Opera House, And Super 8 Motel.

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Stewards of the Walkway

We're Looking for Stewards of the Walkway!

Image of medallion sponsorship  image of a bench that was sponsored

Walkway Over the Hudson is looking to build upon the remarkable momentum established with the successful transformation of the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge into the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. Since it opened to the public as a New York State park in October, 2009, the Walkway has exceeded all expectations, attracting more than one million visitors and stimulating exciting new economic revitalization in the City of Poughkeepsie, the Town of Lloyd and the Hudson River Valley!

Our nonprofit organization wants to harness this momentum by seeking funding to improve the park in numerous ways to ensure that visitors, tourists and recreational users will want to return over and over again. This, we believe, is the key to the Walkway's future sustainability and its ability to serve the region as an engine for economic revitalization. We have identified several key projects that, when finished, will vastly enhance the Walkway by improving visitor comfort, creating new and improved access points, and building a compelling new place where visitors can gather and learn.

We're looking for the next generation of visionaries to support this next critical phase of the Walkway's development. We're looking for Stewards of the Walkway, people who recognize that the Walkway still has a long way to go before we realize its full potential. A Steward of the Walkway leadership gift will stand as a permanent symbol of support for the world's longest elevated pedestrian bridge and its lasting legacy to the people of the Hudson Valley.

Steward of the Walkway Recognition Levels

  • $1,000,000-Naming of the gateway leading to the Walkway's Waterfront Elevator Entrance
  • $5000-$9,999—Donor recognized with a stainless steel plaque (one of three) on a distinctive Ipe wood bench placed at one of the Walkway's three Observation Areas
  • $10,000-$24,999-A bronze medallion engraved with the name of the donor will be installed along the railing at the Walkway's Center Observation Area
  • $50,000-Sole naming rights to an Ipe wood bench placed on the Walkway, with a stainless steel front nameplate and donor's name permanently embedded on each end of the bench.
  • $1,000,000-Naming of the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park's Eastern Gateway

Please call the Walkway office at (845) 454-9649 for more information about these and other exciting ways to give.

Stewards donations up to $10,000 may be made online by clicking here.

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Sponsor Opportunities

Each year, the Walkway Over the Hudson organization presents several events at the Park that are designed to entertain and enlighten the public in various ways. These events serve as important fundraisers for our nonprofit group and represent an opportunity for high visibility corporate promotional involvement. Sponsors typically receive solid exposure through media attention and high-visibility and recognition at these well attended events. All while being linked to a cause that is universally appreciated and embraced by the community.

Please contact the Walkway office at 845-454-9649 or if you are interested in learning more about these promotional opportunities.

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Corporate Partners

Business & Corporate Partnership Opportunities for 2015 and beyond

Join the dedicated leadership group in support of one of the Hudson Valley’s premier economic engines—Walkway Over the Hudson. Be an elite 2015 Corporate Partner and benefit from marketing opportunities and visibility that connects you with the community and promotes your organization.

Walkway has garnered both national and international attention for our many sucessful events. Partner with the Walkway and you will benefit from the same exposure including $80K worth of impressions on Clear Channel and iHeart Radio stations, $55K worth of impressions on Pamal Broadcasting Radio stations. Reach the over 500,000 annual park guests through onsite presence! Enjoy local print advertising, web site & social media presence—over 41,000 Facebook Fans, over 11,000 email contacts, as well as over 600K annual unique hits on the website. Let us design a program for your specific needs. Partnering with Walkway can support the business goals of community, business, and corporate leaders.

Be a Diamond ($50K), Platinum ($25K) or Gold Partner ($15K)!

We will work with you personally to devise a custom package that can include benefits such as: your business name or logo featured on; your logo on our signature red ambassador vests; sole sponsorship opportunities of new or existing programs; business recognition in Walkway displays, newsletter, etc., as well as benefits associated with Walkway’s three major 2015 events as listed below.

2015 Corporate Partners

Menu of Benefits

We will create a package that best suits your business goals based on the Walkway assets listed below:

July 4th
Starry Starry Night
Ambassador Vest Visibility Banners at Elevator Entrance
Member Moonwalks
Senior Days
Flag Changings
Fitness Challenge
Website Promotion
Website Homepage
Print Newsletters (2 per year)
Member Spotlight
Corporate Spotlight
Website Event Page
Pet Walk
I Love My Park Day
Historian Walk
Make a Difference Day
Anniversary Weekend
Celebration of Lights

Signature Event Sponsorship Highlights

Walkway holds three primary fundraising events each year. Corporate partners may be eligible for the following benefits for select events:

  • Premium tickets to each event
  • Prominent placement in Walkway's digital network
  • Featured in traditional media outlets
  • Personal invitation to appear at media and promotional events
  • Prominent logo placement in Walkway 2015 newsletters
  • Option to offer promotional materials at events (Walkway Marathon and 4th of July only)

Other Walkway Benefits 

Corporate Banner Option: At Diamond level of partnership, you have the option of having your business logo on 2 banners at the Walkway Waterfront Elevator Entrance.

Ambassador Vest Visibility: At Platinum partnership and above, you may choose to create magnetic badges for Walkway Ambassador vests with your organization's logo.

Walkway Events: Walkway holds many community focused events each year. We can work to give you visibility at select events

Employee Membership Program: Walkway will develop a membership program for your employees with the option to engage in volunteer ambassador trainings. Program can include a reduced rate membership and option to have a Corporate Member Moonwalk.

Wellness Activities: We can work with you to organize an event or align you with an existing event such as Health and Wellness Walks.>

Website Visibility and Link to Business Website

Opportunity to host an evening on the Walkway

Below are samples of each partner level. We will work with you to create a package that best suits your business goals.

Sample Combinations

Diamond Partnership ($50K)
  1. Marathon Sponsorship, Ursa Major Starry Starry Night Sponsorship, Ambassador Vest Logo Magnet
  2. Half Marathon Sponsorship, Cassiopeia Starry Starry Night Sponsorship, Ambassador Vest Logo Magnet, Corporate Membership Program
Platinum Partnership ($25K)
  1. Marathon Sponsorship, Cassiopeia Starry Starry Night Sponsorship, July 4th Event Sponsor>
  2. Marathon Sponsorship, Cassiopeia Starry Starry Night Sponsorship, Anniversary Weekend Sponsor
Gold Partnership ($15K)
  1. 5K Race Sponsorship, Andromeda Starry Starry Night Sponsorship, Flag Changing Sponso
  2. 5K Race Sponsorship, Andromeda Starry Starry Night Sponsorship, I Love My Park Day Sponsor

For more information about unique partnership opportunities for 2015 and beyond, please contact Ellen Henneberry at or 845.454.9649.

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Matching Gifts

Please note that Walkway Over the Hudson participates in matching gift programs of corporations. Please check with your employer for information and forms.

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