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Donation of Upper Landing Park Will Expand Dutchess County Parks System

Published: 12/6/2021

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is pleased to announce the Dutchess County Parks system will be expanding to include Upper Landing Park in the City of Poughkeepsie, thanks to a generous donation from The Dyson Foundation. The Dutchess County Legislature last week voted unanimously to approve the acquisition of the 2.75-acre park from The Dyson Foundation. Dutchess County Parks will take over responsibility for the maintenance and operation of this waterfront gem, including offering park programming and events.

Located off Water Street in the City of Poughkeepsie, Upper Landing Park sits on the Hudson River waterfront and is centrally located to many historic sites, tourism attractions, and businesses and will be a connection point in the County’s proposed Urban Trail network. The Dyson Foundation originally purchased the property in 2012 and opened it as Upper Landing Park in 2013, providing an urban, waterfront park as well as access to the Walkway Over the Hudson Waterfront Elevator. 

County Executive Molinaro said, “Upper Landing Park has long been a jewel of a park along the most consequential waterway in American history. With its ready access to many favorite destinations for Dutchess County residents and visitors alike, we are pleased to add this gem to our Dutchess County Parks system. We are grateful to The Dyson Foundation for their generous gift of this property and are confident it will improve the quality of life for Dutchess County residents.”

The property has a rich history, first serving as hunting and fishing ground for Native Americans for thousands of years. It became one of the first areas to be settled in Dutchess County by Europeans and has served as homestead, mill site, commercial dock, Revolutionary War depot, industrial hub, and electrical power generation source for the surrounding area.