In the Fall of 2013, the Dyson Foundation opened Upper Landing Park to the public. A 2.7 acre "pocket park" along the City of Poughkeepsie's northern shoreline, Upper Landing Park also provides access to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park's waterfront elevator, which opened to the public in August, 2014.
Upper Landing Park features a pleasant blend of foot paths, shade trees, picnic tables and benches. Additionally, the park offers numerous educational displays and signs highlighting the early Dutch settlers and Industrial Age innovators who set the stage for Poughkeepsie's Golden Age by establishing commercial enterprises and homesteads on the Upper Landing property.
The Dyson Foundation purchased the historic Upper Landing property from the City of Poughkeepsie in October, 2012 with a promise to transform the long overgrown and neglected parcel into the community's newest public park. Now that the park has opened, the Foundation looks forward to working with local stakeholders to develop plans to preserve and utilize the Hoffman House and the Reynolds Homestead, two historically significant buildings on the property, which date to the late 18th century settling of the community.
The Foundation envisions the Upper Landing Park as a vibrant new public amenity for both visitors and locals. With meandering foot paths dotted with shade trees, picnic tables, and benches, it offers a place where people can come to stroll or picnic along the Fall Kill Creek and the majestic Hudson River.
In addition to its cultural and historic importance, the Foundation believes the Upper Landing park is important to the future development of the city's waterfront, particularly because the 21-story Walkway waterfront elevator is expected to draw thousands of new visitors and tourists into the region via the Poughkeepsie Train Station, which is just a short walk from the Upper Landing property. We hope this new urban park will demonstrate Poughkeepsie's pride in its past while serving as an appropriate gateway to the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, a world-class recreational amenity and tourist attraction.
As part of its agreement to purchase this key waterfront parcel from the City of Poughkeepsie, the Foundation is committed to keeping the Upper Landing property open and accessible to the public forever. We hope the Upper Landing Park will eventually serve as a centerpiece for the City of Poughkeepsie's historic preservation, public recreation, and economic revitalization.