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- Walkway Over the Hudson is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, the world's longest pedestrian bridge!
- The Walkway soars 212 feet above the Hudson River and continues 130 feet below the rive's surface to compact gravel.
- Walkway State Park's deck is comprised of 973 prefabricated concrete panels, each weighing up to 15 tons. The deck is 24' wide with a 4'6" railing.
- Beginning in 2013, Walkway is constructing a 21-story, waterfront elevator; raising funds to build a Visitor Center; providing activities & educational programs for the parks expected 600,000 annual visitors; and recruiting and training volunteers to support staff.
- Walkway provides opportunities for unique views at the Catskills and other highlights of the Hudson River Valley.
- The bridge features separate walking and biking paths, attractive lighting fixtures, benches, shaded areas and many other amenities to provide comfort and convenience for all those who visit this landmark.
- Historically, when the bridge was completed in 1888, the 6,767-foot Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge stood alone as the longest bridge in the world. At the peak of the Industrial Revolution, the bridge was hailed as the "Great Connector" because it provided the first efficient rail link between the Western coal supplies and the Eastern markets.
- Many historical features have earned the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge (Walkway) a place on the National Historic Registrar.
- The bridge opened in September 2009, as a legacy project for the celebration of Henry Hudson's initial voyage up the river 400 years ago.
- Walkway State Park represents a people's shared desire to preserve the best of our history, our culture, and our spirit, and stands today because of the people of the Hudson Valley vowed to transform a crippled relic of the Industrial Age into something new and vital.