Promenade Hill Park Construction
Construction begins on an extensive renovation project for Promenade Hill Park in Hudson to add ADA-accessible walkways, landscape improvements, and other amenities. The renovations will provide much-needed upgrades to this important public space to preserve its historic features while providing access to park amenities and extraordinary views of the Hudson and the Catskills for people of all abilities.
Promenade Hill Park, which has been designated as a special park space in Hudson since 1795, will be getting significant upgrades. As part of the project, accessible, family-friendly open spaces for all abilities and ages will be incorporated. Improvements include:
- Accessible access to the plaza, seating areas, water fountain, play area, parking lot, and upper promenade.
- Redesigned open plaza, with open and flexible lawn areas.
- Amphitheater stone seating blocks with views of the plaza and Warren Street.
- Added cast iron and wood benches, including accessible seating.
- Shade trees and native understory plantings.
- Improved “whale” spray shower.
- Play area improvements
The park will be closed to the public starting on May 10 as construction begins. Construction is being led by Colarusso and Son, Inc.
The overall cost of the project is estimated at around $2 million. $1.1 million is provided by a New York State Downtown Revitalization grant. In addition to the public funding, the project is also receiving support from private donors, with the H. van Ameringen Foundation contributing $650,000 and the Colarusso Family contributing $100,000. The estimated completion date for the project is January 31, 2022.
Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson said, “We need to ensure more people can access our public parks. Residents have been demanding park improvements for years and it’s great to be moving forward on this. I appreciate everyone who has contributed to this project.”
"The Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects are helping to reinvigorate Hudson’s economy and expanding its possibilities to welcome residents and visitors,” said New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. “Safe and accessible public gathering spaces are the hallmark of a vibrant downtown and the renovated Promenade Hill Park will provide improved accessibility to the views and beauty of the Hudson River. The upgrades will leverage additional prospects for Hudson and create a more desirable place for residents, businesses, and visitors to enjoy for years to come."
Senator Daphne Jordan said, “Adding ADA-accessible walkways, landscape improvements and other essential, family-friendly amenities – including more accessibility to plaza, seating areas, play area, parking lot, and upper promenade, a redesigned open plaza with open and flexible lawn areas, and Amphitheater stone seating blocks affording great views — for Promenade Hill Park in Hudson as part of this $2 million renovation project is welcome news for the community. Upgrading and preserving this valuable public space, while increasing access to park amenities and scenic views of the Hudson and Catskills, will further enhance the community’s special quality of life. I thank Secretary of State Rossana Rosado and the Department of State for advancing this important accessibility and improvement project.”
Assemblymember Didi Barrett said, “I was thrilled when New York State awarded the City of Hudson a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Grant in 2017. The DRI’s implementation has been a tremendous asset to the City and I am very pleased to now see the $2 million renovation project at Promenade Hill Park move forward. Promenade Hill Park is a favorite scenic landmark, as well as a recreational and cultural hub for Hudson residents and visitors alike. This much-needed renovation will make it more accessible, sustainable and user-friendly, to be enjoyed by generations to come. I thank the Governor and his team for their leadership on this initiative, and the many active, engaged Hudson residents and leaders for helping make this happen.”
Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects Gail Wittwer-Laird said, “The renovated lower plaza will offer a greener gathering area for the community at the terminus of Warren Street as well as provide a fitting accessible gateway to the historic promenade and its enchanting view of the Hudson River.”
The design for the project was led by Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Proper and O’Leary Engineering with significant community input. The project was presented to the Historic Preservation Commission in December 2020 and January 2021. In January 2021, the State Historic Preservation Office and the Hudson Preservation Commission issued approval for the project. In addition, plans were presented to the Common Council in October 2020 and April 2021.
To learn more about the Promenade Hill Park Improvements and the City of Hudson’s other DRI projects, go to: https://cityofhudson.org/business/DRI.php.