Plans are in the works to better link Walkway Over the Hudson to surrounding communities and to tourism dollars. New York’s Secretary of State toured the pedestrian bridge in the mid-Hudson Valley Monday, seeing projects and hearing pitches about how the bridge can span a larger vision of tourism in the state.
Those are officials speaking with Secretary of State Cesar Perales about the need to keep Walkway visitors in the region, directing them to other sites and attractions – as Walkway Over the Hudson Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart puts it:
New York’s Secretary State was in two Hudson Valley counties this afternoon as he toured Walkway Over the Hudson.
Secretary of State Cesar Perales visited Walkway Over the Hudson, starting in Poughkeepsie, on the Dutchess County side. His visit was to see how Department of State projects that are already funded are progressing, and hear about where more money is needed.
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.
Some media reports Monday mention the possibility of imposing a pedestrian fee on Walkway over the Hudson - the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. Walkway connects Poughkeepsie, in Dutchess County, with Highland, in Ulster County, and has become a popular place for both locals and tourists. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on how officials say there will be no such fee.