NYSOPRHP, Walkway Over The Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY
New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) contracted Saratoga Associates to prepare a feasibility study, conceptual designs and construction documents for the East Approach of the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park in downtown Poughkeepsie, NY. The park provides access to the Hudson River’s breathtaking landscape. The bridge deck stands 21 feet above the Hudson River and is over a mile long making it the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.
The objective of the project was to improve the visitor experience, provide permanent information facilities and allow for a multi-purpose outdoor venue that improves functions and activities organized by the Walkway Over the Hudson, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire long-term stewardship of this State Historic Park. Saratoga’s design of this multi-dimensional project will enhance the park’s busy eastern entrance through a series of needed improvements including an OPRHP office and restroom facility, shaded patio, access to the surrounding neighborhoods, and interactive elements that celebrate the history of this previous railway. In addition, Saratoga’s site design simplified and organized what had previously been a confusing array of pedestrian and vehicular circulation. The project will be open to the public in June of 2019.