Newburgh & Beacon Pilot Tourist River-Boat Program for
Major Weekend Festivals using a Solar-Paneled Boat
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CITY OF NEWBURGH – The Cities of Newburgh and Beacon in partnership with Orange County and Dutchess County are pleased to announce an agreement with The Hudson River Maritime Museum to bring the Solaris, a solar-powered tour boat between Beacon and Newburgh this fall in hopes of attracting new visitors and building closer municipal relations.
The boat will operate from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday September 28 and from 10 am to 4 pm Sunday September 29, 2019 and then again on Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20. The boat will run every hour, leaving the Newburgh Washington Street Boat Launch (2 Washington Street) on the hours;and will leave Beacon from the Beacon Institute Dock, located on the Beacon waterfront by the Metro North Train Station, on the half-hours. Fare will be $2 each way, exact change only. The ride will be first-come, first-serve. The agreement comes in time for the annual Spirit of Beacon parade and the
Newburgh Open Studios, which is running in its ninth year on Saturday September 28 and Sunday September 29, 2019.
Newburgh Open Studio founder Gerardo Castro is excited for this development as it will increase the walkability of people visiting over 150 artist studios that weekend. "Beacon has always been supportive of [Newburgh artists] and vice versa. That is how artists are and we appreciate that the ferry can strengthen that connection."
City of Beacon Mayor Casale said “Spirit of Beacon is a day to bring the City together and get to know one another better, learn to know what each other liked in conversation, feelings, entertainment, education and food. And now this same spirit is being extended to the City of Newburgh. Only working and supporting each other can the region thrive.”
Newburgh City Manager Joseph Donat, thanked his staff and the other City and County partners, and said he hoped the service will encourage people and families who live on both sides of the river to discover more of each other’s neighborhoods and communities, just a 20-minute ride from each coast.
Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said, Orange County is thrilled to partner, and cost sharethis service with our friends in Dutchess County. I encourage everyone to go out and enjoy the great experiences we have to offer along the Hudson River.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “This partnership will benefit residents in both communities, giving us another avenue to showcase some of the many locations and amenities that make us distinctly Dutchess. We are happy to have partnered with our colleagues in the Dutchess County Legislature, as well as our friends in Orange County, to make this collaboration a reality.” While there is a commuter ferry, operated by the MTA during rush hour weekdays, this will be an experiment with weekend connectivity. Furthermore, Hudson River Maritime Museum will use the
100% solar powered 44-foot tour boat Solaris to provide ferry service for up to 28 passengers at a time.
Service is first come – first serve and costs $2 exact change, one-way. Cash only, no credit can be accepted. This service will help determine whether there is enough interest and traffic for a more regular service. Other benefits of increased service are allowing both cities to attract more regional tourism, allow for easier exchange for local residents to access strong job markets and entertainment, and forge innovative relations between City of Beacon and Newburgh. This effort was a joint effort by the Cities of Newburgh and Beacon and Orange and Dutchess County, with costs shared between Orange County and Dutchess County under a tourism initiative. In addition to the last weekend in September, Beacon and Newburgh will operate a second weekend that coincides with The Beacon Sloop Club’s Pumpkin Festival and the Beacon Car show and with the
Newburgh Literary Festival on October 19th and 20th.
For more information, please contact:
City of Newburgh Department of Planning and Development, Alexandra Church,
firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-569-9400
City of Beacon City Administrator Anthony Ruggiero, MPA, at email@example.com or
Orange County Planning Department firstname.lastname@example.org or 845.615.3840.