Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.


Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Walkway Over The Hudson

Map at the Poughkeepsie trail head
Last Saturday I was lucky enough to visit the newest, longest, pedestrian park - in the world! After years of preparation and fundraising, groundbreaking for construction was in May 2008.
This enormous project had its grand opening on October 3, 2009.
Exhibit at the Highland trail head. The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park opened to the public to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Hudson River Valley.
The bridge is accessible from Poughkeepsie and Highland, New York.
Sunning was also an activity on this November Saturday.
Excerpt from NYTimes editorial (read here for full editorial)

The bridge was abandoned in the 1970s and sat for decades because it was too expensive to tear down. Volunteers made fitful efforts to repair it as a walkway, but the project took off only about five years ago with big infusions of ambition and money, including federal and state aid and a $2 million corporate grant. This year's 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's river trip helped push the $38 million project to completion.
The bridge is part of a bigger web of things to see and do up and down the Hudson River. There are trails and bike paths from both sides linking the nearby Mid-Hudson Bridge, downtown Poughkeepsie, and parks, historic homes and landmarks. To the many civic, environmental and historic organizations that look after the Hudson Valley- including Scenic Hudson, whose land acquisitions have given the region a wealth of public greenery- the bridge has two jobs: be lovely to look at (and from), and energize the economy.


This editorial appeared in print on October 6, 2009, on page A30 of the New York edition.TOP TEN: Things You Should Know About the Walkway Over the Hudson
#2. The finished Walkway will feature a 1.25 mile linear park, creating the longest walkway bridge in the world!What we can take to heart is that the people behind this project worked seventeen years to realize their dream.


#3. Walkway Over the Hudson, a nonprofit organization, has worked since 1992 to create this linear park located on the 120-year old, Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge. Their grass-roots effort paid off, and they received both federal and private funding needed to research, plan and implement this project...

Now, individuals and families enjoy the park, the people, and the animals along the way.
Some were just along for the ride.
The gates carry the bridge logo.
The residential area of the city of Poughkeepsie in the background.

VIDEO ON THE WALKWAY
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