The Kingston Land Trust is Awarded Mini-Grant from PTNY

On behalf of Parks and Trails New York (PTNY), the Kingston Land Trust was awarded a ‘Healthy Trails, Healthy People’ program mini-grant toward the cost of development of a Kingston Rail Trails friend page for the Kingston Land Trust website.

This exciting addition to our website will get underway shortly, so stay tuned!

Kingston Land Trust Receives $10,000 Greenway Grant for Rail Trail Study

(Albany, NY)  Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to announce the Kingston Land Trust has received a $10,000 Greenway Conservancy Small Grant for an engineering study on a 1.5 mile right-of-way to connect Midtown to Rondout Waterfront with a multi-use trail.   A total of $50,000 was awarded to eight community projects in the Hudson Valley through the 2011 Greenway Conservancy Small Grant Program.

The Kingston Land Trust will use the funding to match an approved community development block grant for a project that will engage a consultant for engineering support services to identify alternatives for conversion of an urban rail bed to a multi-use trail as part of the Kingston Point Rail Trail Project. It will enable the transformation of the rail corridor running from the vicinity of Kingston Hospital in Midtown to the Strand into a multi-use urban trail and connect to an existing waterfront walkway along the Rondout Creek. The first phase of the project will consist of the development of design concepts, completing the preliminary engineering, drafting environmental documents and cost estimates for alternatives. The second phase will consist of plans, specifications, and design schematics.

Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, stated “This project will help set the stage for enhanced recreational opportunities, better waterfront access, better connections within the city, enhanced quality of life for residents, and will help increase tourism.  The Greenway is proud to be able to provide the financial assistance to municipalities and non-profits in their efforts to improve the connections between communities in the Hudson River Valley, ultimately resulting in a regional network of trails. We applaud the Kingston Land Trust and their commitment to the expanding trails and public access in the City of Kingston and throughout the Hudson River Valley Greenway.”

“Healthy, liveable cities are critical for economic resiliency in our region. Thanks to a grant from the Greenway Conservancy, we will be able to take the first steps necessary to create a rail trail hub in the City of Kingston where several rail trails will converge” says Gregg Swanzey, Board Member of the Kingston Land Trust.

The Greenway Conservancy Small Grant Program is an annual competitive grant funding opportunity available to communities and not-for-profit organizations within the designated Hudson River Valley Greenway area, which extends from Saratoga County and Washington counties to Battery Park, Manhattan.  The program offers funding for trail planning and design, construction and rehabilitation, and education and interpretation.  Emphasis is placed on trail projects that seek to implement the goals of the Draft Greenway Trail Vision Plan, fill in identified gaps in the Greenway Trail System, and make improvements to designated Greenway Trails.
The Hudson River Valley Greenway Conservancy is a New York State public benefit corporation established by the Greenway Act of 1991. The Greenway is designed to encourage Hudson River Valley communities to develop projects and initiatives related to the criteria of natural and cultural resource protection, regional and local planning, economic development, public access to the Hudson River (as well as other regional and local resources), and heritage and environmental education.  It provides technical assistance and small grants for planning, capital projects, and water trail and land-based trails that reinforce the Greenway Criteria. Presently, the Greenway has designated over 450 miles of land trails from Saratoga County to New York City. The Greenway is also the management entity for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

Visit www.hudsongreenway.ny.gov for more information on the Greenway

Visit www.hudsonrivervalley.com for more information on the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

 

 

Congressman Hinchey Helps Secure Federal Support for Kingston Rail-Trail Connections Project

Congressman Hinchey Helps Secure Federal Support for Kingston Rail-Trail Connections Project

Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today announced that the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program will provide technical assistance to help plan and sustain the Kingston Land Trust’s Kingston Rail Trail Connections project. The project will help connect existing trails throughout the greater Kingston region. Hinchey wrote the RTCA program manager in July requesting federal assistance. The Kingston program was selected from the most competitive field of requests ever received by the agency and was one of only a handful of new projects accepted in New York State.

“I am pleased to have helped secure federal assistance for this project, which will help knit the City of Kingston together with a network of trails along historic rail corridors,” said Hinchey. “The Kingston Rail Trail Connections project is going to strengthen our growing trail system so that it can be enjoyed by local residents and visitors to our region. It will engage the local community and young people, create linkages between neighborhoods and commercial districts, and increase the traffic flow of customers towards local businesses, which can only have positive effects for our economy.”

“The Kingston Land Trust is honored to have the support of the National Park Service for our ‘Kingston Connections’ project.” said Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust. Gregg Swanzey, Kingston Land Trust Board Director and Chair of the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee added, “we are all excited in finding ways to restore connections along historic pathways in the city of Kingston to create a ‘Midtown Hub’ or rail trails and greenways.”

The RTCA will provide the technical assistance necessary to improve existing rail trails by addressing overgrowth, drainage problems and other issues. It will also help the Kingston Land Trust negotiate right-of-way agreements with private landowners to connect the trails together and link them to neighborhoods and business districts. The RTCA will also help expand public engagement through a community planning workshop in early 2012 and by convening a Friends of Kingston Rail Trails group to undertake ongoing community and youth involvement with operation and maintenance of the trail system.

The project will help to further the goals of the National Park Service’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, which supports community efforts to increase access to outdoor recreation, and to cultivate stewardship and appreciation of America’s natural and recreational resources through innovative partnerships. Through the RTCA Program, the National Park Service helps communities and neighborhoods develop new trails and greenways, and protect and manage open space and improve rivers. These projects are locally-led with RTCA staff supporting community based conservation and recreation leaders. This year, 52 projects in 13 states were selected to receive technical assistance from the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. In 2011, RTCA efforts helped over 175 communities leverage $1.65 million in funds for targeted projects.