Walkway Elevator Temporarily Closes Days After Opening

Aug 19, 2014
WAMC, Allison Dunne

An outdoor elevator at pedestrian bridge Walkway Over the Hudson that opened to the public less than one week ago has been taken out of service to replace a part.

The New York State Parks system’s first outdoor elevator was taken out of service late Saturday. New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Spokesman Randy Simons says the outdoor Walkway elevator, which opened to the public August 19, is being serviced after a routine check found that a part was not functioning as it should.

Elevator Opens At Walkway Over The Hudson

Aug 15, 2014
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A new elevator at Walkway Over the Hudson was put into operation Thursday, affording new access and scenic views. Officials hope the elevator helps add to the more than 700,000 Walkway visitors a year.

Democratic State Senator Terry Gipson took the 70-second ride 21 stories up in the elevator that has three glass observation windows.

“It was great,” Gipson remarked. “It’s a very scenic ride. I would highly recommend it. You get to see a very unique view that you can’t see from anywhere else.”

wikipedia commons

POUGHKEEPSIE – When the elevator from the Poughkeepsie waterfront is constructed to the Walkway Over the Hudson, it is expected that the linear park over the Hudson River will become even more of a tourist attraction.

Grants are going to pay for the glass enclosed elevator that will lift people to the top of the bridge, said Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldman Hart.

“The elevator will carry a maximum of about 20 people, but the ride will only be two minutes so there is quite a number of folks who will be able to go up and down over an hour’s time,” Hart said.