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BIG IDEA: Downing Park in Newburgh

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Opened in 1897, Downing Park was the last collaboration between Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux (designers of Central Park in Manhattan). The park's 35 acres were conceived as a contemplative environment in the center of the city.

+ The view from the park's promontory, site of a former observatory, commands spectacular Hudson River views, including Bannerman Island to the south.

+ The park is named for Vaux and Olmstead's mentor, and Newburgh native son, Andrew Jackson Downing, who died in a steamboat accident on the Hudson in 1852.

+ The Shelter House, designed by local architect Gordon Marvel in 1934, now houses Shelter House Café, a restaurant run by Stephen Sinnott, who is spearheading the park's restoration through entrepreneurship and community engagement.

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