City Receives $75,000 Grant for Improvements to College Hill Park
Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that the Hudson River Valley Greenway has awarded the City of Poughkeepsie $75,000 for improvements and a trail connection at College Hill Park. The city is partnering with the Revive College Hill Park Coalition to construct a trail that leads from the Dutchess County Rail Trail to the Reservoir Walk at College Hill, a historic path that circles the city’s original Victorian-era reservoir. Signage and bike racks will also be installed along the new trail connection. Once completed, the project will enable users to access College Hill Park from the Walkway-over-the Hudson via the Dutchess County Rail Trail, reactivating the park as a source of outdoor recreation and neighborhood pride.
Interim Economic Development Director Paul Calogerakis said, “The administration, along with Councilwoman Yvonne Flowers (D-5th Ward), has been working closely with the Revive College Hill Park Coalition to identify critical improvements needed to College Hill Park. A connection with the Dutchess County Rail Trail has long been sought as a means of opening up College Hill to current residents and new visitors who may not be as familiar with the park. Now people will be able to more easily access College Hill and enjoy all that the park has to offer.”
City Administrator Marc Nelson said, “This is particularly exciting because of how this project fits with our upcoming parks improvement plan, and with work already underway at College Hill Park. Mayor Rolison and the entire team at City Hall are committed to making Poughkeepsie’s park system second to none, and the connection of the Rail Trail with the park will prove to be another high-water mark in its already storied history.”
Hudson River Valley Greenway is a state agency created to advance New York’s commitment to preserving and enhancing the scenic, natural, historic, cultural and recreational resources of the Hudson Valley. College Hill Park, located in the Fifth Ward, is the largest park in the city. Construction of the trail connection is expected to begin in Spring 2019 and be completed by Summer 2019.