Kingston Land Trust Launches New Initiative to Create a City-Wide Trail Network

Kingston Greenline concept is the focal point of July 20th Trail Summit at City Hall. To register, click here.

KingstonGreenlineLogo_v1Kingston, NY – The Kingston Land Trust, with the support and contributions of its many partner organizations and volunteers, is excited to announce the latest initiative of its all-volunteer Rail Trail Committee: the Kingston Greenline. The group’s vision is a system of non-motorized transportation routes linking Kingston’s residents to important social, cultural and recreational anchors and securing the city’s position at the heart of the County’s growing regional trail network.

This Saturday, July 20th, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the Kingston Land Trust and the City of Kingston will welcome residents, volunteers and others who are working throughout the County to build and connect a network of trails, bike paths, and complete streets. The Kingston Greenline & Ulster County Trails Summit will provide an opportunity for trail groups and supporters to learn more about the Kingston Greenline concept, and will begin a discussion about the most effective ways to create a rail-trail hub in Kingston, linking together individual trail segments into a regional trail network.

Representatives from the KLT’s Rail Trail Committee will hold community trail walks throughout the Summer, building on the conversations started during the Summit. Through these boots-on-the-ground orientations, the group will explore the challenges and opportunities of each segment of the proposed Greenline system, gathering input for a culminating presentation in the Fall that will flesh-out the Greenline vision and the steps necessary to transform Kingston’s underutilized rail corridors into working natural assets. The event is made possible thanks to a Conservation Partnership Catalyst Grant from the Land Trust Alliance, funded through the Environmental Protection Fund.

Keynote speaker, Jeff Olson, will describe how non-motorized mobility can lead to a more connected, healthy, and sustainable society. Jeff is an architect, planner, and author who has been involved in greenways, open space, active living and alternative transportation projects for more than 20 years. Jeff served as the first New York State bicycle/pedestrian program manager, and then went on to lead the US Millennium Trails program before joining the award winning consulting firm Alta Planning + Design.

Click here to download the full press release for this event.

Volunteer Cleanup on the Kingston Point Trail Scheduled for July 13, 2013

Livingston Street Tunnel

July 13th clean-up to focus on area around the tunnel

The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee is organizing a cleanup of the Kingston Point Rail Trail on Saturday, July 13th, 2013 at 9:00am. Volunteers are asked to meet in the parking lot at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Livingston Street, in Kingston at 8:30am to sign-in.

Kingston – On Saturday, July 13th 2013 at 9:00 a.m. the Rail Trail Committee of the Kingston Land trust are organizing a clean-up of a section of the proposed Kingston Point Rail Trail. Volunteers are invited to help clear 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 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 recreational amenities for people of all ages and abilities because they are nearly flat, relatively wide, and have excellent visibility.

This is one of a series of Saturday morning cleanups that the Kingston Land Trust has organized. The clean-ups will throughout the summer and fall. Dates will be posted on the website www.kingstonlandtrust.org.

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About the Kingston Land Trust and the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee- The Kingston Land Trust 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. The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail committee is dedicated to planning, development, utilization, and proper maintenance of rail trails and other non-motorized linkages in the City of Kingston, as part of our vision for a comprehensive Kingston Greenline trail system.

2 clean ups and a summit

July, 2013 – The Rail Trail Committee organizes two major events: a clean-up on the Kingston Point Rail Trail, and a city-wide summit to launch the new Kingston Greenline concept and help coordinate regional efforts to build-out a world-class trail network in Ulster County. Click here to learn more about the Kingston Greenline.