POUGHKEEPSIE – A public/private partnership resulting in a completely reinvigorated park in the City of Poughkeepsie has received the seal of approval from Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado, who visited Malcolm X Park in the City of Poughkeepsie recently.
The park revitalization was initiated by former Mayor/current State Senator Rob Rolison in 2021. Rolison’s seven years as mayor brought substantial improvements to the long-neglected city park system and is continuing under Mayor Marc Nelson. The plans for Malcolm X Park on Mansion Street received input from community stakeholders, civic groups, and not-for-profit organizations that helped provide support for the rebirth of the neglected park.
The city partnered with Scenic Hudson and New City Park to completely redesign Malcolm X Park and Delgado embraced the concept. After interacting with people using the park and playing some basketball with neighborhood kids, Degado showed his support, telling Mid-Hudson News “This shows what can happen when you have these types of partnerships and they are well thought out, and there is community engagement and community input.”
The importance of the collaboration, combined with the need for parks, had Delgado smiling. “We’re talking about empowering communities – we’re talking about creating healthier, safer environments and enriching communities and families.”
Delgado was in Poughkeepsie to visit the refurbished park and meet with Scenic Hudson representatives to tour the site of their future headquarters on Parker Avenue across from the parking lot for the Walkway Over the Hudson.