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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
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For Immediate Release

June 10, 1999

County Executive Meets to Plan New Riverfront Park


Poughkeepsie, NY - County Executive William R. Steinhaus today met with the Park Planning Committee he has formed to discuss how to make the most effective use of the riverfront parcel currently part of the Hudson River Psychiatric Center's property. "In today's meeting we identified the services provided at a number of riverfront sites in the core area of the county, what constituencies they serve and began to discuss how we could compliment them with the Hudson River Psychiatric Center property," Steinhaus stated. "As we begin to develop the Hudson River Psychiatric Center's riverfront property into a park that our residents and guests can enjoy, we want to identify what aspects of the park will add to or compliment what is already available in the county."

After two years and numerous conversations with Governor Pataki, his staff and agency commissioners, Steinhaus continues to work toward Dutchess County acquiring from the state a partnership for the county to operate the Hudson River Psychiatric Center's riverfront property as a state/county park. "This park is perfectly located almost mid-point in the county's 50 mile riverfront corridor," Steinhaus added. "It is 27 acres that is ready to blossom into a spectacular park for our region."

In addition to the County Executive, among the organizations and agencies represented on the Park Planning Committee are Dutchess County Departments of Planning and Development, Public Works, and the Sheriff s office; the City and Town of Poughkeepsie; NYS Departments of State, Parks and Historic Preservation, Environmental Conservation, and the Hudson River Psychiatric Center; Scenic Hudson, River Keeper, Hudson River Estuary Management Program, Greenway, and Clearwater; Marist College and the Culinary Institute of America; Federation of Fish and Game; several local rowing associations; Hudson River Yacht Club; Mental Health Association; Hyde Park AARP; and Roosevelt/Vanderbilt Historic sites. "The plans for the park must reflect the diverse nature of Dutchess County," Steinhaus said. "For this reason we called upon the experience of people from a wide variety of organizations."

The meeting was held at 4:00 PM in the Board Room of the Lowell Thomas Building at Marist College.


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