Last Cleanup Day of the season on Kingston Point Rail Trail

unnamedKingston- Sunday November 16th, the Kingston Land Trust will be hosting its final workday of the season on the Kingston Point Rail Trail from 9am till noon. This will be a great chance to help out with the maintenance of the rail corridor, and get a final glance at the fall weather on the trail before winter approaches.

In an effort to get the trail ready for winter, volunteers will have the option to work on many different tasks including brush clearing, raking leaves and very importantly scouring the corridor for any sort of trash and litter that can take away from the overall natural beauty of the trail. Now more than ever is an important time to keep the Kingston Point Rail Trail maintained, with the ongoing construction as well as a growing awareness from our neighbors about the trail.

Those planning on attending the work day should prepare for the weather and dress in warm clothing. Volunteers are reminded to wear protective clothing in the event of coming into contact with any sort of prickers or mud, and to bring a pair of work gloves as well. If you wish to bring your own work tools, we strongly urge you to mark them and make them easy for you to identify as your own. At 9am, we will be meeting at the Rondout Savings Bank parking lot (300 Broadway).

Any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Tim Weidemann, Rail Trail Committee co-Chair  at (845­430­0426) or via email                   (tim@rondoutconsulting.com)

 

The Kingston Point Rail Trail is one part of the Kingston Land Trust’s vision for an inter­connected network of the Kingston Land Trust’s vision for an inter­connected 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, at www.kingstonlandtrust.org/greenline.

 

Public Meeting Scheduled for Bringing Back Broadway Transportation Study

On November 19th, the Ulster County Transportation Council will host an informational meeting for the transportation project, “Bringing Back Broadway.” Supporters of the Kingston Greenline are encouraged to come to the meeting to ensure that bike and pedestrian improvements take center stage in this redesign project of Broadway. The meeting will be held at Seven21 Media Center on Broadway in Kingston and is tentatively set for 4pm to 7pm.

The transportation study, “Bringing Back Broadway”, is the result of the City of Kingston being  awarded over $3million in various state and federal grants to begin the process of renovating the physical layout of Broadway and connecting streets in a manner that will improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, aesthetics and traffic flow. This transportation study will allow for the development of a corridor Plan that includes design concepts to improve mobility, accessibility, and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists along and adjacent to the corridor.

It is anticipated that these efforts will re-connect the Broadway corridor with surrounding neighborhoods and amenities, such as the Kingston Point Rail Trail and other multi-use trails under development, revitalizing this important regional corridor. This revitalization includes an important part of the Kingston Greenline known as the “Midtown Hub”, which connects together the three other sections of the Greenline (Rondout, Uptown, Wallkill).

Midtown Hub Bike Lane

Click to enlarge and get a look at the Midtown Hub Concept

The Midtown Hub is a proposed trail in the heart of downtown Kingston. This loop will be comprised of complete streets and will link several key areas with the surrounding trail network, including the Broadway Corridor, Foxhall Avenue, and Cornell Street. This section of the Kingston Greenline is a key in shaping the sidewalks and crosswalks in order to provide accommodations for pedestrians. A mix of cycle track, bike lanes, and shared lane markings will provide accommodations for cyclists.

The Bringing Back Broadway project’s contemplated improvements will enhance mobility, accessibility, and safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists along and adjacent to Broadway from Liberty Street to Chester Street. Supporters of the Kingston Greenline are encouraged to attend this meeting in order to take an active role in shaping community policy.

For more information on the Bringing Back Broadway Project you can visit its webpage  and for more information on The Kingston Greenline, visit our website . For more information or questions about the public meeting, contact the Kingston Land Trust at admin@kingstonlandtrust.org.

 

Walkill Valley Rail Trail Association to Host Annual Fall Trail Clean Up

wvtraThe Walkill Valley Rail Trail Association will be hosting its annual Fall Rail Trail Cleanup on November 15th starting at 9am. This will be a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant beauty of the Hudson Valley at the peak of the Fall season. Volunteers will be needed to help spruce up the beautiful 22-mile Wallkill Valley Rail Trail before winter sets in.

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association, in conjunction with the Wallkill Valley Land Trust will be sponsoring the event. The goals of the clean up will be moving trash and other debris from the trail, clearing brush, and smoothing out ruts are among the chores that need to be completed.

There will be two meeting points in the Rosendale section of the trail.

Work Location 1 will be at  Hickory Bush Road (aka Whiteport Road). For this work site, volunteers are asked to meet by the Thruway overpass on Hickory Bush Road. This work site will focus on trash removal and smoothing out deep ruts caused by ATVs crossing the trail.Those interested in this work site are asked to bring work gloves and shovels.  Trash bags will be provided.

 Work Location 2 will be located outside the Women’s Studio Workshop, Binnewater Rd at Breezy Hill Rd. Work  at this site will focus on clearing brush to widen the trail.Volunteers interested in working this site are asked to bring work gloves and clippers or pruners.
Parking is limited at both locations, please car pool where possible.  Signs will be placed at the meeting locations.
If you plan to participate, please email us in advance (admin@kingstonlandtrust.org) so we can coordinate with the WVRTA. See the Walkill Valley Rail Trail Association’s web site, for further information or email  info@wvrta.org  to receive updates or for any questions.

Please come out and help us to make The Walkill Valley Rail Trail trail cleaner, safer and even more enjoyable for everyone. 

About the Walkill Valley Rail Trail Association:The association is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization run by volunteers with the sole purpose of preserving this precious linear park for future generations. Individuals, families and businesses are encouraged to join the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association to help support the costs involved in maintaining, promoting, preserving and improving the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail for public use.