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Dutchess County to Host Open House Event for Urban Trail Project

Published: 7/30/2021

Poughkeepsie, NY ... Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro invites the public to learn more about Dutchess County’s Urban Trail Project and share feedback about the development and design at an Open House event on Wednesday, August 18th from 6:30pm and 8:30pm at the Family Partnership Center Cafeteria, located at 29 North Hamilton Street in Poughkeepsie.  The public will have the opportunity to view suggested ideas and design components through interactive display board and public comment is welcome and encouraged.  

The Urban Trail project is the development of a new trail network utilizing former CSX rail line property in the City and Town of Poughkeepsie. The trail network will connect with the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail, as well as provide connections to the Poughkeepsie waterfront, parks, local businesses, restaurants, educational institutions, major development projects (including Hudson Heritage) and tourism destinations, such as Walkway Over the Hudson. The project is being done in collaboration with Scenic Hudson, which transferred the 2.7-mile corridor to Dutchess County in late 2019 to create public use trail opportunities.

County Executive Molinaro said, “Join us to see the latest progress on our Urban Trail project and offer your comments and feedback!   Dutchess County is investing in transformative projects that have positive impacts on people’s lives, including this Urban Trail network which will link neighborhoods, businesses and destinations, creating connections and building opportunities.  We are eager to hear from the public about this exciting project!”

The Open House event is part of an ongoing public engagement effort to inform residents about the project’s progress as well as get public input.   

The project’s website,, was launched in June and provides information about the project’s timeline, proposed trail routing, and design concepts, as well as the history of the trail and additional informative resources..   Additionally, the project team has attended multiple community events to share information and collect input.

The public is also encouraged to participate in the project survey to share their thoughts on the urban trail plan and provide feedback.   More than 400 surveys have been received so far.   The survey is open until August 22nd and is available in both English and Spanish.  


Dutchess County is working in partnership with Scenic Hudson along with Hudson Valley Engineering Associates.   For questions or comments, please email