Poughkeepsie... Thousands of residents and visitors have made Dutchess County Parks their destination for fun and relaxation this summer and now they have another great destination option!
Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced Dutchess County’s Quiet Cove Riverfront Park reopened this past weekend after several months of renovations and property improvements including the addition of restrooms and new porch on the historic Navy Boathouse Annex. Quiet Cove Riverfront Park is a picturesque, 27 acre property located on the Hudson River in the Town of Poughkeepsie, just north of Marist College.
“As families look for ways to save money, they are looking for summertime fun and recreation that is close to home. We know residents love Dutchess Stadium, our County Rail Trails, Bowdoin and Wilcox Parks, and now residents can also visit Quiet Cove Park, a peaceful haven right on the banks of the Hudson River which is the ideal destination for day of family quality time,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “Pack a picnic lunch, a fishing pole and your hiking footwear and enjoy a summer day at Quiet Cove.”
Improvements and repairs were done to buildings on the Quiet Cove site including the two-story, wooden structure on the river’s edge known as the Navy Crewhouse, which is designated on the National Register of Historic Places. The Crewhouse originally served as the U.S. Naval Academy crew team’s community room and sleeping quarters when the Navy participated in crew races along the Hudson River, including the Poughkeepsie Regatta. A new roof and front porch were put on the Crewhouse and other structural work was done, including repairs to the foundation. New restrooms were built on the first floor of the Annex building and the handicapped accessibility ramp was installed as well. The building’s original community room is expected to available for rental use later in the fall.
Additionally, a new well was dug as the site’s former water source was inoperable. Another roof was replaced on the site’s masonry building, which will serve as a maintenance building where all new electrical service was installed. Grading, landscaping and paving were also completed, with much of the work was done in-house by Dutchess County Department of Public Works Highway and Parks employees.
Dutchess County Parks’ crews have also created a trail system, clearing fallen trees and substantial undergrowth, to establish a park setting and enhance the scenic viewsheds of the Hudson River.
Quiet Cove Riverfront Park is a result of a cooperative agreement County Executive Steinhaus reached in 2005 with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to develop, operate and maintain the county park. The agreement obligated Dutchess County to make site and facility improvements in recognition of NYS providing the former Hudson River Psychiatric Center’s spectacular piece of property to the county at no cost.
The completed improvements were a portion of a more extensive Master Plan for Quiet Cove Riverfront Park. These improvements fulfill the County’s obligation to New York State and were funded with monies authorized by the County Legislature several years ago in conjunction with the cooperative agreement with the state. “In these difficult economic times, we are working hard to maximize every dollar we invest. Thanks to the hard work of our county staff, we were able to get a substantial amount of work done to make Quiet Cove an accessible and inviting county park for residents and visitors to enjoy,” said County Executive Steinhaus.
Jayne McLaughlin, Regional Director for New York State Parks - Taconic Region said, "Dutchess County is a terrific partner and has done a great job on this property, preserving its historical character and making enhancements that improve the park's accessibility. We are so pleased to see how New York State Parks' cooperative agreements have resulted in wonderful new recreational opportunities, including the Walkway Over the Hudson, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail and Quiet Cover Riverfront Park, three Hudson River Valley gems."
Quiet Cove Riverfront Park is open daily from 9am to 8pm until Labor Day. After Labor Day, hours will be 9am to 7pm. For more information about Quiet Cove Riverfront Park or other Dutchess County Parks including Bowdoin Park, Wilcox Park, Dutchess Stadium as well as the Harlem Valley Rail Trail or Dutchess Rail Trail, visit http://www.dutchessny.gov/.
“Our Dutchess County Parks provide us a peaceful respite when day to day life gets hectic and allow us to recharge and reconnect with our families and our environment in natural settings. The reopening of Quiet Cove offers yet another jewel for residents and visitors alike to enjoy the tranquil beauty of Dutchess County,” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.