Historic Walkway Undergoes Renovations

The Walkway Over the Hudson has served as a popular attraction for both tourists and locals since its opening in 2009 as a State Historic Park. Today, the site is undergoing changes to ensure parkgoers have an even more positive experience.

The walkway’s nearly 600,000 visitors have been asked to pardon its appearance as construction on a Dutchess Welcome Center and a new elevator has begun.

Located near the parking lot, the 1,800-square-foot Dutchess Welcome Center is set to include amenities such as an outdoor patio, a dog-friendly water fountain, bike racks, and bathrooms, according to an article from The Poughkeepsie Journal. A new staircase will also be added to give visitors access to the walkway from Orchard Place.

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Images with the design of the new welcome center is posted on the fence outside of the construction site

The addition of a welcome center on the Dutchess side follows the unveiling of a similar center in Ulster County in June.


Many individuals, especially older visitors, have expressed a great deal of excitement towards the new bathrooms. Prior to construction, people could only utilize portable toilets set up near the parking lot.

Aside from bathrooms, visitors also expressed that they would like to see an additional concession stand providing snacks, light fare, and water incorporated into the welcome center.

“I just think overall it’s a good concept that they’re trying to provide better facilities for people because this is an attraction,” stated Matt Kravits, a Somers, NY resident.

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The new Dutchess Welcome Center is currently under construction and is set to open in the spring of 2019

Construction on the welcome center began in April, as stated by one of the walkway’s ambassadors, and is set to be completed by spring 2019 prior to the park’s 10th anniversary.


Currently, the welcome center appears to be in its initial phases of construction. Cinder block walls have been resurrected, and the structure is encased along with construction equipment by a chain-link fence. A sign posted on the fence provides visitors with images of the future site in addition to information on what to expect.

The materials and equipment being used for the construction site itself are being stored in areas that serve as parking spaces. Approximately 36 parking spaces, included those designated for handicapped individuals, seem to be taken up by the activity.

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Construction materials can be seen taking up several parking spaces

According to the walkway’s ambassadors, however, there have been no complaints concerning less parking spaces available. Additionally, the Walkway Over the Hudson is offering free parking in the lots due to the ongoing project.


In addition to the welcome center, the Walkway Over the Hudson will also debut an improved elevator system by the spring.

The new elevator will rely on an “encased energy chain upgrade,” which will replace the wireless-based communication system. The wireless-based system was discovered to be sensitive to the changing weather conditions of the region, as reported by the Mid Hudson Valley Patch. This energy chain system is anticipated to extend seasonal usage and improve reliability.

While construction on this project has not begun yet, the elevator remains closed to visitors until the construction is completed. Signs explaining the closure are posted at both the Dutchess and Ulster sides of the walkway along with a phone number to inquire about the elevator’s status.

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Signs warning of the elevator’s closure are located at both ends of the walkway


“I think they should definitely prioritize having the elevator accessible sooner than later,” shared Sue Kravits, a New York resident visiting with her husband, Matt. “I believe that it just opens it up to people that have disabilities and can’t access it another way, and that just would be a really goodwill sort of thing to do for the community and for those that want to use it.”

In regards to both the elevator and the welcome center, John Fila, another visitor from Greenwood Lake, NY, said, “I think anything they could do to make more parks and stuff more friendly for more people to enjoy, the better off [it] is.”

Halloween guide for the Hudson Valley

Tis the season for mischief, fear and plenty of treats. Halloween is right around the corner here at Marist and while some of you may be bummed that you didn’t get tickets for FrightFest there is good news.

Going to school in the Hudson Valley has many perks and one is that we are living in what can be considered a Halloween Mecca. The beauty of the Hudson Valley paired with the historical sights makes it the perfect area to experience hauntings, enjoy local legends and have fun this Halloween.

If you want to get off campus this Halloween there are a variety of attractions in the area ranging from typical family-approved events to cult movie showings and haunted houses guaranteed to scare. Continue reading

5 Places to Go to Get Off Campus

There comes a time (or a bunch of times) in a Marist student’s life when they need to get off campus and out of Po-town for the day. The obvious solution would be to hop on a train and head down to New York City, but there is only so much fun to be had in the Big Apple before it loses its charm. There are a plethora of fun activities and day trips that Marist students can take, all within a few hours of campus. From fresh air and nature to cool shops and fun foods, there is no end to the possibilities. Here we handpicked several of our favorites for your fall entertainment; so bundle up, pack up your friends and make some memories.

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Cooler weather is received warmly by local farmers

The recent cool weather across the Hudson Valley has been a welcome change to the blistering 90 degrees and humidity of last week. With temperatures finally returning to normalcy, the Hudson River Valley is gearing up for one of its major attractions: wineries and local farms.

Usually at this time of year, temperatures hover around 80 degrees, with the high being 78 degrees Fahrenheit and the low at 55 degrees at night. This week, though, the weather has taken a turn boasting temperatures that barely pass 70 degrees during the day and hang around 50 degrees at night, but that will all change this weekend as the temperatures approach back 80 degrees. Continue reading