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News Release    

October 1, 2010      

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

Dutchess County’s Bowdoin Park Voted "Best Park in Hudson Valley"
Fourth Consecutive Year!

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus is pleased to announce Bowdoin Park has been voted the “Best Park” for the fourth year in a row by the readers of Hudson Valley magazine as part of the magazine’s annual “Best of the Hudson Valley” awards.

“We are very pleased to celebrate Bowdoin Park’s “four-peat” as Best Park in the Hudson Valley!” stated County Executive Steinhaus, “Bowdoin Park offers something for everyone and is the ideal destination to enjoy a beautiful fall day in Dutchess County.”
Bowdoin Park is a 301 acre park located in the southern part of the Town of Poughkeepsie on Sheafe Road.   Bowdoin Park features numerous amenities including two softball fields, three soccer fields, a community center, nature & history center and over 3 miles of nature trails. It is also home to one of the top rated Cross-Country courses in the region.    Educational programs are held throughout the year to familiarize people with the natural history and cultural heritage the park has to offer.  Bowdoin Park has open areas for picnicking as well as playgrounds for children, including the award winning water spraying turtles which operate during summer months. The park also features several great facilities available for events and gathering rentals including Mapleknoll Lodge, Ellessdie Chapel and the Community Center auditorium as well as five pavilions.  Reservations can be made online at:

The fall season is the perfect chance to enjoy Bowdoin Park with family and friends. See the park decked out in fall foliage finery and enjoy a day of “leaf peeping” on a nature hike or hillside picnic overlooking the Hudson River. There are also numerous events happening this fall at Bowdoin Park including:

  • Dutchess County SPCA’s Paws in the Park Petwalk on Saturday, October 2nd from 9am to 5pm.
  • New York State Federation Cup Track Meet on November 20th from 9am to 3pm.
  • Nike Regional Team Cross-County Meet on November 27th from 9am to 2pm, one of only nine qualifying meets in the entire country for the Nike National Championship.

Bowdoin Park is one of six great parks in Dutchess County’s Park System.  Other Dutchess County parks include Wilcox Park, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, Dutchess Stadium, Quiet Cove Riverfront Park and the Dutchess Rail Trail.   Quiet Cove Riverfront Park, just north of Marist College in the Town of Poughkeepsie, recently reopened to the public after extensive renovations to the tranquil riverfront gem and progress continues on the Dutchess Rail Trail with construction work underway on Phase III through LaGrange and Wappinger, which will add 6 additional miles to the trail and connect to the completed Phase I, a 1.7 mile section in East Fishkill.   

To learn more about all of Dutchess County’s great parks, visit

“Check out all of the wonderful parks Dutchess County has to offer.   Whether you want to walk, ride, or just stretch out on a blanket with a good book, our County parks have something to offer anyone who is looking to enjoy the great outdoors.   Visit our parks and find out why we keep getting voted “Best” in the Hudson Valley!” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.


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