Friends of the Walkway seeking new volunteer ambassadors

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POUGHKEEPSIE The Friends of the Walkway Over the Hudson nonprofit organization is seeking new volunteer Ambassadors for 2020 and is hosting a training session on Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Dutchess County Law Enforcement Center located at 108 Parker Avenue in Poughkeepsie.

Attendance at this training session is mandatory for all new ambassadors. Interested parties must pre-register at Contact Walkway Director of Programs and Community Engagement Theresa Sanchez at 845-454-9649 or with any questions.

Ambassadors are specially trained volunteers who enhance visitor’s Walkway experience in numerous ways. They are tasked with creating a welcoming environment on the Walkway, promoting safety, helping to execute a diverse series of programming, operating the merchandise pavilions, and more.

An Ambassador assisting a park visitor.

Easily identifiable in their red Walkway vests, the Ambassadors additionally serve as tour guides, greeters, and provide information during times of peak usage at the Walkway, which has attracted nearly four million visitors since it opened in 2009. Walkway Ambassadors support New York State Parks and the many local nonprofit events where thousands of dollars are raised each year. The new Ambassadors will join a cadre of over 150 volunteers.

Becoming an Ambassador is a way to meet interesting people while supporting the Walkway mission, which is to enhance the Walkway experience, support capital improvements, and deliver innovative programs that attract visitors and contribute to the economic vitality of the Hudson Valley.

Ambassadors on the Walkway in the fall. Photo provided.

Ambassadors must commit to 35 volunteer hours per year, with 16 hours served by staffing one of the merchandise pavilions.  Ambassadors in good standing will have the opportunity to go on select field trips to other popular New York State parks and historic sites, as well as the chance to take part in an array of continuing education seminars.

Connecting the City of Poughkeepsie and the Hamlet of Highland in the Hudson Valley region of New York State, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is a renowned tourism and recreation destination visited by 600,000 people each year. Standing 212 feet above the river’s surface and more than 6,700 feet (1.28 miles) long, the Walkway is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. The park provides unique access to the Hudson River’s breathtaking landscape for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. until sunset, weather permitting. For more information, visit

Supported by a diverse coalition of members, donors, and corporate sponsors, the Friends of the Walkway organization is responsible for raising funds to enhance the Walkway experience, support capital improvements, and deliver innovative events that engage Hudson Valley residents and visitors, all contributing to the vitality of the region. Additional programs and activities supported by the Friends of the Walkway include the volunteer Ambassador program, Walkway tours and interpretative signage in the park, providing accurate and important information to visitors via the Walkway’s website and social media channels, the Walkway’s membership and merchandise programs, and much more. To learn more about how your support can improve the Walkway Over the Hudson and support the Hudson Valley, visit