Latest Program Information:
2016 Weekend Archery Program (.pdf)
This program is designed for children and adults with any level of experience in archery. The first session will be a review of basic archery safety and skills for those who may not have attended in the past. The majority of the time will be spent practicing with the bows, learning through experience. The program consists of 5 classes. Each class lasts an hour. All equipment is provided.
2016 Summer Programs (.pdf)
The Dutchess County Parks Division is offering a variety of educational programs this year. Our programs give children an opportunity to experience and learn about the natural history of the Hudson Valley. Each program focuses on various aspects of environmental awareness, prehistoric Native American culture, and survival skills. Our goal is to give children a deeper understanding and appreciation of nature within a fun and entertaining atmosphere. We strive to relate these program topics to the curriculum students are currently studying. Our programs are based in Bowdoin Park located in Poughkeepsie. We also do outreach programming when transportation is an issue.
2016 Scout Programs (.pdf)
Our Survival Series of programs are designed to give scouts ongoing training in wilderness survival skills. These classes build upon each other creating a framework that will allow students to handle any situation that might arise. We emphasize teamwork, creative problem solving and self reliance.
2016 School Programs Brochure (.pdf)
We offer educational opportunities for children of all ages. Our programs tend to be hands-on to facilitate learning through experience rather than lecture.
New for 2016: Weekend Archery Program, sign up today! (.pdf)
ON-LINE PARK RESERVATION SYSTEM OPENS WEDNESDAY JANUARY 27TH 9AM Attention (Please Read): Users of DC Parks Reservation System
Park reservations for all Parks facilities for 2016 can be made on the DC Parks Reservation System website
For parks weekend programs information, please contact
the Park Naturalist at (845) 298-4602
A primary goal of all county services is the enhancement of the quality of life for all county residents, and the Parks Division accomplishes this by operating six active facilities: Bowdoin Park, a 301 acre park in the southwestern part of the county; Wilcox Park, which contains 615 acres in the north central part of the county; Quiet Cove Riverfront Park in the Town of Poughkeepsie, a 27 acre park located on Route 9 just north of Marist College; the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, currently an 10 mile paved trail in the northeastern part of the county; William R Steihaus Dutchess Rail Trail, which is completed; This beautiful Trail is 13.4 miles long, starts in Hopewell Depot and connects to the Walkway Over The Hudson in the City of Poughkeepsie. Dutchess Stadium built in 1994, is home of the Hudson Valley Renegades, Penn League Single A baseball, as well as many other community events. A wide variety of activities are conducted at these facilities: swimming, boating, picnicking, hiking, camping, miniature golf, pavilion, playgrounds, and ball fields.
Additional programs/activities include Naturalist programs for children and adults, the operation of an educational nature center and nature trails, and special seasonal programs.
Significant capital improvements in the parks continue to be made to enhance the enjoyability and accessibility of the facilities provided, while recently expanding the park facilities.
At Dutchess Stadium, a new state of the art synthetic playing field was installed in the spring of 2014.
The first section of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail was opened in 1996 when the 4.5-mile trail segment from Amenia to Coleman Station Road was constructed and opened to the general public. The second 3.5-mile section, from Coleman Station Road to Millerton, was opened in 2000. The third 2.5-mile section of the trail, from Amenia to the Wassaic Train station, was opened in 2005. A $2 million dollar federal grant was obtained to facilitate construction of the trail from Millerton north in to Columbia County. Plans for this extension are under review from NYS DEC.
The county has an agreement with New York State to operate state-owned property at the former Hudson River Psychiatric Center as riverfront county/state park located in the Town of Poughkeepsie just north of Marist College. Quiet Cove Riverfront Park features non-motorized boat launching, barbeque grills, picnic and fishing areas, public restrooms, a waterfront deck with Adirondack chairs and upland parking. This seasonal Park (Open from April to October) re-opened to the public after extensive renovations in October of 2015.
Bowdoin Park, a 301 acre park overlooking the Hudson River features 4 open air pavilions and Pavilion 5 , located on the top of the hill overlooking the majestic Hudson River. Pavilion 5 offers kitchen facilities and restrooms, is Air Conditioned/Heated and is available for rent from late March to early December. Pavilions can be reserved through the online reservation system. Several new playground structures have been added to the park and a water spray park is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor day from 11am to 6pm.The Maple Knoll Lodge offers overnight accommodations that sleeps 24 with a full kitchen and deck that overlooks the Hudson River. The Community Center Auditorium holds up to 160 people and has kitchen facilities to accommodate parties, weddings and other special events.
Lastly, Wilcox Park has a 5 acre swimming lake that is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. There is also a fishing lake, 27 site campgrounds, 2 new playgrounds, and a basketball court. There is an extensive hiking trail system throughout the 615 acre park. This park has 4 pavilions that can be reserved through the online reservation system. Pavilion C is currently the largest pavilion in Wilcox Park, complete with kitchen facilities and restrooms and a great view of the lake from its location at the top of the hill. Admission is charged to the public when the swimming lake is open.
Business Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.