Upper Landing Park
After several months of construction, the Dyson Foundation recently completed the first phase of the Upper Landing Park, a 2.7 acre parcel along the Hudson River that will soon be open to the public and provide access to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park's new waterfront elevator.
In October, the Foundation held three "open house" tours of Upper Landing Park that gave nearly 200 stakeholders, partners, and community leaders a first look at the new park, which 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.
In October 2012, the Dyson Foundation purchased the historic Upper Landing property from the City of Poughkeepsie with a promise from the Foundation to transform the long overgrown and neglected parcel into the community's newest public park. The Foundation also 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.