Poughkeepsie, New York

Revitalizing land and waterways while strengthening community.

Poughkeepsie is our home base, and we’re investing in multiple efforts there to connect people to place and new opportunities.

Alongside citizens and more than 20 other non-profits, educational institutions and local government, we are spearheading the “Northside Collaborative.” 

Committed to improving the quality of life in the city’s Northside neighborhood, we are strengthening community by interconnecting affordable housing, job centers, social services, public schools, arts, high school equivalency programs, urban farming and youth programs. The Fall Kill Creek, and a section of an abandoned CSX rail spur, and the neighborhoods that surround it. 

In 2018, we offered a series of competitive mini-grants and program investments that resulted in sculpture projects, a pocket park and hands-on education programs all along the Fall Kill. An urban design initiative carried out by our staff with MASS Design and Family Services set the stage for transforming two sections of the creek into safer, more inviting and more resilient spaces. 

Additionally, we are: 

  • Leading negotiations to acquire the CSX rail spur for Dutchess County, which would develop and manage a rail trail linking the northside with the Walkway Over the Hudson, Marist College, MidHudson Regional Hospital and the Poughkeepsie waterfront
  • Working with the local non-profit Art Effect to launch community art installations along the Fall Kill and develop projects aimed at preventing pollution through public art and public service announcements
  • Completing a study on traffic flow and bicycle and pedestrian safety, and involving students in community service projects