The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Walkway Over the Hudson organization last week announced that a new 21-story elevator connecting the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park to the Poughkeepsie waterfront will open to the public at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 14.
“We’re excited to welcome the public to this long-awaited feature of Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park,” said Rose Harvey, commissioner of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “The waterfront elevator is yet another feat in Governor Cuomo’s effort to promote tourism and outdoor recreation in New York State, and it will encourage the Walkway’s many visitors to stay longer and explore more of the region’s plentiful parks, trails and waterfront.”
A former railroad bridge completed in 1889, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park opened in 2009 and is now visited by over 700,000 people a year. According to the state a 2012 study found that spending by Walkway visitors generated nearly $24 million in sales and supported 383 jobs in Dutchess and Ulster counties.