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The largest city in the
Mid-Hudson region, Poughkeepsie has been tied to its
riverfront location from the start. First as a major
port of call between New York City and Albany, then
as a major industrial force in its own right, Poughkeepsie
has always looked down to the river as its Front Door.
As with most river towns,
Poughkeepsie's riverfront became a rundown and unappealing
location, lined with factories, crumbling warehouses
and commercial structures. But Poughkeepsie has resurrected
its access to the Hudson, creating a friendly public
park giving visitors the chance to walk down to the
banks and enjoy the views.
Community festivals, art
fairs and other public activities fill the park on
a regular basis and the sloop Clearwater makes the
Poughkeepsie riverfront one of its primary points
of departure. Poughkeepsie's Riverfront Park is a
vital, alive and significant part of this city's life.