The Clean-Up Continues on 8/24: Long-Neglected Railroad Corridor from Midtown to Rondout Begins Transformation

Livingston Street Tunnel

The Livingston Street tunnel emerges from a long slumber beneath brush and garbage after our last cleanup on August 8, 2013

Kingston, NY – Kingston is a city full of secret treasures, but one of them is destined to remain a secret no longer. The former Ulster & Delaware Railroad, which once brought tourists from the Hudson River, at Kingston Point, to the erstwhile resorts of the Catskills, is beginning its transformation into the County’s newest rail trail. That transformation continues with a volunteer clean-up on Saturday, August 24th, from 9am until noon.

While specific plans for the trail are still in the works, a virtual army of volunteers has begun cleaning up this long-neglected city property, transforming a garbage-strewn eyesore into an exciting reminder of Kingston’s historical importance and a symbol of the City’s revitalization.

The Kingston Land Trust, the group pursuing the creation of the rail trail from midtown to the Rondout along the former U&D railroad, is organizing its fourth clean-up this year from 9am to noon on Saturday, August 24th. Volunteers will work as a team to remove garbage, clear brush, and continue improving the pathway to enable future trail-planning sessions to happen on the site.

Individuals interested in supporting the Land Trust’s trail-building efforts are encouraged to sign-up for the event via Facebook at www.facebook.com/kingstonrailtrails. The event will begin at the Rondout Savings Bank, located at 300 Broadway, Kingston, NY. 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.

Past clean-ups have made significant progress in clearing a section of the proposed trail between East Chester Street and US Route 9W, including a tunnel that extends under the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Livingston Street. The Church Communities of New York has played a major supporting role, bringing groups of well-organized and motivated high school students to work on the trail. According to one of the representatives from Church Communities, “these projects offer great opportunities for young people to join in the effort to reclaim these beautiful and historic places of Kingston.”

The Kingston Point Rail Trail is one part of the Kingston Land Trust’s vision for an inter-connected network of urban rail trails, pathways, bike-lanes and complete streets, which has been dubbed the Kingston Greenline. More information is available through the Kingston Land Trust’s web site, atwww.kingstonlandtrust.org/greenline. In September, the Kingston Land Trust’s Rail Trail Committee will hold a series of “trail-walks” along the proposed route to begin gathering ideas, hopes and concerns of area residents. These and future events will be posted on the Greenline web page.

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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.