Feasibility Study Complete for KPRT

April, 2013 – Alta Planning + Design completes feasibility study for the proposed Kingston Point Rail Trail. The study was funded by the City of Kingston, through a CDBG allocation, with matching funds provided by the Hudson River Valley Greenway. Click here to download a copy of the final report.

Clean Sweep 2013 on the Kingston Point Rail Trail

BEFORE

BEFORE

Today, the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee and community volunteers worked from 9am to 12 noon to begin clearing the railbed from behind Rondout Savings to the Tunnel. It is amazing how much can get done in several hours! How many pounds of trash/recycling was collected? Stay tuned.

Enjoy the photos of the days effort by visiting the Friends of Kingston Rail Trails FACEBOOK page.

For more information or to become involved, visit the KLT Rail Trail Committee PAGE on this site.

AFTER

AFTER

Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee organizing cleanup of Kingston Point Rail Trail as part of Kingston Clean Sweep, Saturday, April 20, 2013.

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The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee is organizing a cleanup of the Kingston Point Rail Trail as part of Kingston Clean Sweep presented by the Friends of Historic Kingston and Kingston Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday, April 20st 2013 at 9:00am. Volunteers are asked to meet in the parking lot behind Rondout Savings Bank, 300 Broadway, in Kingston at 8:30am to sign-in.

Kingston, NY – The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee will participate in the 4th annual Kingston Clean-Sweep sponsored by Friends of Historic Kingston and the City of Kingston’s Park and Recreation Department on Saturday, April 20st 2013 at 9:00am. Volunteers are invited to help clear the “Kingston Point Rail Trail,” a section of the old Ulster & Delaware rail bed that runs from Kingston Point to midtown Kingston. The Kingston Land Trust is working with the City of Kingston to develop this abandoned rail bed into a scenic urban rail trail.

Volunteers should come prepared wearing boots since there are wet areas, gloves, bug and tick guard and long pants and long-sleeved shirts. The work will involve cutting and moving brush and general trash. Volunteers should bring water bottles and and are requested to bring loppers or other brush clearing hand tools if they have them.

Among other purposes, the Ulster and Delaware railroad line used to carry New York City vacationers from ferry boats arriving at Kingston Point into the Catskill Mountains. This section of the rail line runs from midtown Kingston to the Rondout. It will eventually connect to a network of rail trails extending throughout Ulster County. When completed this trail section will allow users to travel from midtown Kingston to the Hudson River with only a three percent grade throughout the 1.5 mile trail. Rail trails are created on abandoned railroad lines and are ideal for recreation for people of all ages and abilities because they are nearly flat, relatively wide, and have excellent visibility.

For more information, contact Meg Clark at: meg.clark138@gmail.com or Katie Scott-Childress at: kscottmail@yahoo.com

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About Kingston Clean Sweep – In its fourth year, Kingston Clean Sweep is a program by the Friends of Historic Kingston in collaboration with the city of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department. www.fohk.org

About the Kingston Land Trust – The Kingston Land Trust (the KLT) is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas, and forests in the City of Kingston and the surrounding region to include the Town of Ulster and the Town of Kingston. www.kingstonlandtrust.org

About the KLT Rail Trail Committee – The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee (RTC) is a committee of the Kingston Land Trust, composed of KLT Board Members, city residents and other important stakeholders dedicated to planning, developing, utilizing, and properly maintaining rail trails and other non-motorized linkages in the City of Kingston. The Committee’s guiding vision is that the people of the City of Kingston will benefit from a network of trails, bike paths, and complete streets that connect rail trails from the Wallkill Valley, Rondout Valley, Catskill Mountains and Rondout Waterfront/Kingston Point to a Midtown Hub along the Broadway Corridor creating more opportunities for residents, families and visitors to connect with places in the city that are special to them and to interact with nature.

Kingston Clean Sweep 2013

The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee organized a cleanup of the Kingston Point Rail Trail as part of Kingston Clean Sweep presented by the Friends of Historic Kingston and Kingston Parks and Recreation Department.

The Kingston Land Trust Places “The Dig Kids – An Urban Farming Program” in the hands of Kingston Cares

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Thursday, April 11th, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kingston Cares continues “The Dig Kids” – An Urban Farming Program for Youth in the city of Kingston now in its third year.

Four youth will be selected through an application process to be paid as a part time job throughout the summer to ‘farm’ the garden at the Everett Hodge Center and Van Buren Street Playground Park.

Kingston, NY – “The Dig Kids” – An Urban Farming Program now in its third year is getting underway in Kingston. Created by the Kingston Land Trust, the program is now in the hands of Kingston Cares (Family of Woodstock) guided by program coordinator Megan Weiss.

‘The Dig Kids” is charged in working with Kingston youth to grow food, learn farming practices, encourage entrepreneurship, beautification, pride and good health through hands on farming experiences.  Throughout the program, youth will be paid to work after school and throughout the summer at two garden sites that include both the Everett Hodge Center on Franklin Street and Van Buren Playground Park on Van Buren Street in Kingston.  Youth must be 14 – 21 to participate, although several youth 13 or younger will be chosen to ‘mentor’ throughout season.  In addition to growing vegetables and tending the gardens, “The Dig Kids” will learn culinary skills, visit farms and sell some of their crops to the community under the stewardship of Farmer Kaycee Wimbish who will also tend the South Pine Street City Farm and work towards building a new ‘urban farm’ at the YMCA, all in the city of Kingston.  Kaycee will be assisted by Leanne Tory-Murphy and experienced organizer, gardener with a background in children’s programming.

Applications are now available for Garden Mentors (ages 14-21). If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Megan Weiss at 845/331-1110 or email  mweiss@familyofwoodstockinc.org

If you wish to make a donation to the program, please visit FAMILY OF WOODSTOCK and designate your donation to ‘The Dig Kids’.

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About the Dig Kids – an Urban Farming Program

Formerly a program of the Kingston Land Trust, THE DIG KIDS – AN URBAN FARMING PROGRAM in 2013 is a new program of Kingston Cares (a program of Family of Woodstock) in partnership with Larrecca Music Management and Croswell Enterprises, Inc. and the generous support of the City of Kingston and the City of Kingston’s Parks and Recreation Department.

“The Dig Kids – an Urban Farming Program” is charged in working with Kingston youth to grow food, learn farming practices, encourage entrepreneurship, beautification, pride and good health through hands on farming experiences. ??”The Dig Kids – an Urban Farming Program” in Kingston, NY is made possible by generous public support including a donation from Kevin McEvoy and Barbara Epstein.

To become involved in Urban Agriculture in the City of Kingston, visit Urban Agriculture in Kingston, NY