GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING OF THE HUDSON RIVER SKYWALK FOR NATIONAL TRAILS DAY
Project Included $11.1M State Investment with Funding from NYS Bridge Authority, NYS Department of Transportation, NYS Department of State and Empire State Development I LOVE NY
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the Hudson River Skywalk to commemorate National Trails Day. Following an $11.1 million investment by the State, the completed project extends the historic and scenic walkway along the Rip Van Winkle Bridge to connect the two founding sites of America's first art movement: the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and OlanaState Historic Site. The Hudson River Skywalk includes new pedestrian viewing stations on the bridge that allow for stunning views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, as well as safe pedestrian access to the two historic sites and a new visitor parking area on the east side of the bridge.
The Hudson River Skywalk is the centerpiece of the newly designated Hudson River Skywalk Region, which includes the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site, the City of Hudson, Town of Greenport and Town of Catskill. The Region was designated by Governor Cuomo in March 2018 to underscore the extraordinary tourism opportunities of the area.
To mark the opening, a ceremonial ribbon-cutting was held today, with state and local dignitaries in attendance, along with members of the public.
"The New York State Bridge Authority has worked hand-in-hand with all of the community partners to see this economic tourism project come to fruition," said Richard A. Gerentine, Chairman of the Board of the New York State Bridge Authority. "The support from Governor Cuomo has been instrumental to seeing this project through, which the region will benefit from as a whole for future generations to enjoy."
Senator George Amedore said, "The Hudson River Skywalk establishes an important connection between two historical sites that have played such an integral role in the region's history. At the same time, it provides an enhanced opportunity for residents and visitors alike to enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of the river and surrounding areas."
Assembly Member Didi Barrett said, "The birth of America's first art movement and, arguably, the birth of America's first land conservation consciousness can both be traced to this stunningly beautiful spot in the Hudson Valley where landscape painters Thomas Cole and Frederic Church each had homes on opposite sides of the river. This designation of the Hudson River Skywalk Region connecting these two historic sites is a fitting recognition for this iconic location and its inspirational views."
Greene County Legislature Chair Patrick Linger said, "With the help of Governor Cuomo's leadership, the Hudson River Skywalk is now a crown jewel that will draw thousands of tourists to the area annually to see our historic landmarks and natural beauty."
Village of Catskill Board of Trustees President Vincent Seeley said, "The Hudson River Skywalk project, under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, has come to fruition and will be a boon for both communities on either side of the river."
Town of Greenport Supervisor Kathleen Eldridge said, "This is now a wonderful destination for all who visit our beautiful region and we would like to thank Governor Cuomo for his dedication to making this project possible. DOT and our State partners have been very receptive to the communities needs and suggestions."