(Highland, NY) -- A Ribbon Cutting ceremony was held today for the new Welcome Center at the Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park. Many local and state officials turned out for the opening of the Center on the Highland side of the Walkway.
The new $5.4 million building offers park goers: upgraded rest room facilities, a concession stand, a 1,400 covered outdoor patio with picnic tables, and new amphitheater seating for special events.
Speakers at the event included: State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey, Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, Executive Director, Walkway Over the Hudson Organization, State Senator Sue Serino, Assemblymember Didi Barrett, Mike Hein, Ulster County Executive and Paul Hansut, Supervisor of the Town of Lloyd.
"The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is one the state's great treasures, offering sweeping views of the majestic Hudson River and beyond," Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press release. "The new Ulster Welcome Center will be the gateway for the thousands of visitors arriving at the western end of the Walkway, and will serve as a major focal point of the Empire State Trail. I encourage everyone to visit this park and experience this unique and unrivaled view for themselves."
The Dutchess Welcome Center on the eastern approach of the Walkway is expected to be completed in the Spring of nex year. Today’s ribbon cutting event was followed by a bike ride to the expanding Ulster Connector to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail.