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April 10th, 2013

22 new ambassadors introduced by Walkway

Pictured are 22 ambassadors who come from throughout Ulster and Dutchess County, including towns such as Highland, Wappingers Falls, Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie.

POUGHKEEPSIE - The non-profit group Walkway Over the Hudson inducted 22 new Walkway Ambassadors on Saturday, March 23rd at an event to officially welcome recent graduates of its comprehensive volunteer training program.

Approximately 50 people - including Walkway Board of Directors, New York State park officials, staff, and friends and families of the new Ambassadors - gathered at the Park’s eastern entrance for the Walkway Ambassador Investiture Ceremony and to watch the new Ambassadors receive their signature red vests.

"It was a proud day for the 22 graduates and their friends and relatives," said Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, Walkway Executive Director.

"These dedicated volunteers from throughout the Hudson Valley have completed many hours of training to serve as Walkway Ambassadors.

Our volunteers are directly responsible for making Walkway State Park one of the friendliest parks in the world!"

To qualify for the Ambassador designation, all participants successfully completed the required volunteer and educational training sessions offered through Walkway Over the Hudson and New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation, and have committed to volunteering up to 50 hours per year.

Walkway Ambassadors are specifically-trained volunteers who enhance the visitor’s experience in numerous ways and allow for a diversity of programming that would be otherwise unavailable at the Walkway Over the Hudson Historic State Park.

Easily identifiable in their red Walkway vests, the Ambassadors serve as tour guides, greeters, and information providers during times of peak usage at the State Park, which has attracted more than 1.7 million visitors since it opened in 2009.

The new Ambassadors join a cadre of over 80 other volunteer Ambassadors. With the completion of the waterfront elevator anticipated for the fall of 2013 and two new volunteer pavilions, additional volunteers will be needed to assist with greeting visitors and managing large crowds safely.

Please contact Program Manager Susanne O’Neil to sign up for the next volunteer training to be offered in early May.

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