The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Walkway over the Hudson organization has recently announced the opening of a new 21 – storey elevator connecting the Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park to the Poughkeepsie waterfront. The long awaited Waterfront elevator which was thrown open to the public on 14th August, 2014 is certainly another major effort to endorse tourism and outdoor recreation in New York State. The new project will encourage visitors to stay longer and explore more of the region’s parks and waterfronts.
The waterfront elevator connects the elevated park to the Hudson River shoreline (including Waryas Park and the new Upper Landing Park). The device provides better access to the Poughkeepsie train station and also enables persons with mobility issues to access the park near the center of the bridge. A 70 second ride in this device takes visitors from the Poughkeepsie waterfront to the top of the Walkway over the Hudson.
Unlike indoor building elevators that run quietly, this lift is noisier with a slow, rumbling noise. It has the capacity to withstand rain, winds, sleet and cold weather. It can resist other elements which interior devices can’t possibly handle.
The device features a rack and pinion design with a rotating gear that is engaged in a rack that is bottled to the tower. The rotating gear is driven by a shaft that is mainly connected to a gear box and motor, mounted on the top of the lift car. The rotating gear drives the device up and down.
The device is sturdy and comes with a rated capacity of 7,500 pounds but can run at 9000 pounds at its full speed. Two 35-horsepower motors along with two shafts and pinion gears are mounted on the top of the car to sustain its heavy capacity. Additional testing was conducted by the company to examine how the device will be serviced in the event of a shutdown.
The new waterfront glass elevator is expected to enhance the experience of visitors and residents. According to the Metro Railroad spokesperson, the proximity of the elevator to the Poughkeepsie railroad station can prove to be an advantage to the waterfront park, downtown Poughkeepsie and the railroad. The Walkway Over the Hudson draws an average of 700,000 visitors every year and the numbers have been increasing over the past few years.