The city is seeking a qualified operator for the Ice House at Waryas Park, which has previously served as an anchor restaurant on the city’s most active waterfront park. The deadline for submissions to the city’s Request for Proposal is November 6.
Since the early 2000s, the Ice House has been leased for commercial use, initially offering concessions and eventually a full-scale restaurant beginning in 2012.
Waryas Park is located at the foot of Main Street and adjacent to the Poughkeepsie Train Station, just off of the Main Street exit from Route 9. The park also is adjacent to the Discovery Museum and is on walking distance to an elevator that takes people to and from the Walkway over the Hudson, which attracts more than 600,000 visitors annually.
“This is an ideal place for a restaurant in a unique, wonderful setting,” said Mayor Marc Nelson. “We are looking forward to the proposals we receive and are looking for ones that complement existing park uses as well as create a new draw for residents and visitors alike.”
Waryas Park sits on more than eight acres, offers daily activities including a children’s playground and skate park and hosts several big annual festivals. It also has grills and picnic tables, fishing access, a deep water pier, and boat docking and launch, among other amenities.
The city wants the Ice House to be a destination-quality venue, with the operators also mindful that it is imperative any responses incorporate how they intend to keep public access along the promenade undisturbed. The city intends to ensure that development and land or water use activities occur in harmony with the parkland and ecological systems that exist along the Hudson River.
Questions must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. October 26, 2023 to Development@cityofpoughkeepsie.com.
Potential respondents also can arrange for a site visit to see the interior of the building and must make such a request to Development@cityofpoughkeepsie.com by Friday, October 13.
Proposals are due in the City Chamberlain’s office on the 1st floor of City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie NY, 12601 later than 3 p.m. on November 6.