State buys half-acre adjacent to Walkway in Poughkeepsie

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The state has purchased
a half-acre parcel of land on the Poughkeepsie side of the Walkway Over
the Hudson for $550,000 with plans to use it for park-related purposes.
The Open Space Institute sold it to the Office of Parks, Recreation and
Historic Preservation. Money from the state’s Environmental Protection
Fund paid for the land at the intersection of Washington Street and Parker
Avenue.

The parcel includes a vacant 7,500 square foot warehouse and manufacturing
building as well as an adjacent empty lot.

The state agency will conduct a feasibility study to determine potential
uses for the land, including park offices, public restrooms, streetscape
improvements and equipment storage.

The park office is currently houses in a construction trailer at the Highland
side and has portable restrooms on the Poughkeepsie side.