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News Release    

September 21, 2007      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Dutchess County’s Bowdoin Park Voted 2007 “BEST PARK in the Hudson Valley”

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Williams R. Steinhaus is pleased to announce Dutchess County’s Bowdoin Park has been voted the 2007 “Best Park of the Hudson Valley” by the readers of the Hudson Valley magazine.   In addition, the editors chose Bowdoin Park’s water spray turtles as the “Best Free Thrill for Kids.”  “Best of Hudson Valley” winners are nominated by readers and editorial staff of Hudson Valley magazine. 

“As part of my Comprehensive Parks Plan, we have worked hard to create attractive, enjoyable county parks for the families and visitors of Dutchess County.   We are absolutely thrilled to have Bowdoin Park recognized as the Best Park in the Hudson Valley,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “Our Department of Public Works Parks division works hard each and every day to offer a great park for Dutchess County families to enjoy – it is great to have that hard work recognized with the Best of Hudson Valley win.”

Bowdoin Park is Dutchess County’s majestic 301 acre park located in the southern part of the Town of Poughkeepsie on Sheafe Road.   Bowdoin offers spectacular views of the Hudson River and features numerous amenities including two softball fields, three soccer fields, a community center, nature & history center and over 3 miles of nature trails. Educational programs are held throughout the year to familiarize people with the natural history and cultural heritage the park has to offer.

The park features open areas for picnicking as well as playgrounds for children.    During hot summer days, the most popular spot on the playgrounds is the water spraying turtles.   The refreshing spray is a fun way to keep kids cool and refresh and is the reason for the recognition as the Hudson Valley’s Best “Free Thrill for Kids!”

Spraying Turtles at Bowdoin Park
The water spraying turtles at Dutchess County’s Bowdoin Park
voted “Best Free Thrill for Kids” by Hudson Valley magazine.

The park has several great facilities available for events and gatherings including Mapleknoll Lodge, Ellessdie Chapel and the Community Center auditorium as well as four pavilions.  Plans are currently underway for the construction of a fifth pavilion this year.  All facilities are available for rental by individuals and organizations for events and gatherings.  Reservations can be made online at:

The park also features the “Bandshell at Bowdoin” facility, built at the direction of County Executive Steinhaus in 2005.  Bowdoin’s hillside has been packed with people who have enjoyed concerts by entertainers such as America, Peter Frampton and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.    This summer’s concert featured Kenny Loggins who rocked the park along with more than 10,000 concertgoers who got the chance to take advantage of ideal weather and enjoy a great summer evening complete with a spectacular fireworks finale.

Kenny Loggins Concert at Bowdoin Park
More than 10,000 people enjoyed the August 2007 Kenny Loggins concert  at Bowdoin Park
– voted “Best Park” by the readers of Hudson Valley magazine.

“The investments we have made in our county parks pay back huge dividends in quality of life enjoyment for our residents.   Bowdoin Park is the perfect location to spend a fun-filled day with the whole family.  Play with the kids on our playgrounds, take a hike on our nature trails or just stretch out on a blanket on the hillside and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Hudson River.   Now you don’t just have to take our word for it.   It’s official…Bowdoin Park is the Best!” concluded County Executive Steinhaus and the readers of Hudson Valley magazine.

For more information about Bowdoin Park or any of the other great Dutchess County Parks, visit: or call (845) 298-4600.    


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