A call for Volunteers – WE NEED YOU!!!

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You’ve got a busy schedule. There’s work, kids, pets, the spouse, granny… You’ve got parties, get togethers, social engagements and you’re juggling multiple social media accounts. And then you have to clean the guest house for this weekend’s AirBnB guests… We get it, you’re so busy it’ll make our head spin… So, how could you possibly find time to add another thing to your already packed plate, let alone volunteer your time? Well, it’s simple, because the Kingston Land Trust is an amazing organization and WE NEED YOU!!!

The Kingston Land Trust’s mission is to protect, connect and activate urban open spaces in and around Kingston NY. Our board and members are also volunteers who put in tons of overtime to help make Kingston one of the most special and unique places to live and visit in New York State.

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An Old Route Offers a Fresh Vision

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Captive in our cars, we know a place by its roads. On foot or bike, we still adhere to the predictable up-and-down, stop-and-turn rhythm of our progress over the pavement. The mile-and-a-half Kingston Greenline rail trail, not yet paved but, with the ties and most of the rails removed, easily traversed, offers a radically different perspective, which awakens your senses like a tonic. Hike down the road embankment from the parking area off Delaware Avenue onto the grassy path and you’ll be at the stone entrance of the Hasbrouck Avenue Tunnel. Built in 1870, it’s a Victorian-era industrial artifact of arched brick, dark, damp and spooky. In the other direction, you pass over a modern steel 9W overpass high above the roaring traffic. With graffiti adorning its paneled sides, it’s an impromptu gallery of art, immersed in space and light.

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Tour de Kingston: Hudson Valley’s best kept secret

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The 11th Annual Tour de Kingston/Ulster ride is Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Every year, my husband Steve and I look forward to the annual Tour de Kingston/Ulster with enthusiasm. It’s a good time, starting out at Forsyth Nature Center, riding bikes through the gorgeous city of Kingston and surrounding region, eating grilled burgers afterward and hanging out with friends, both old and new. The event brings out a couple hundred bicyclists of all description, from little kids with training wheels to race level road cyclists in full regalia and everyone in between.

The Tour is a non-profit charitable fundraiser sponsored and organized by YMCA, Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley Foundation, Cycle Therapy, Bike Brothers and Revolution Bicycles.

Personally, I have ridden the 50 mile road ride, the 25 mile road ride and the 28 mile Endurance Road/Trail ride. In addition, one can choose to ride 10 miles out and back on the Hurley O&W or 18 miles on the Hurley, connecting to Wallkill Valley Rail Trail via streets and back to the city of Kingston. Or you can take the laid back 5 mile tour of the city.

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A girl, her dog, the trail, our town

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Kingston Point Park and Kingston Beach are two of my favorite parts of living in the Rondout neighborhood in downtown Kingston. The improved Kingston Point section of the Kingston Greenline trail that runs along the tracks has now been extended from Kingston Point Park, and reaches all the way to East Strand by Gill Street.

I love riding my bike down East Strand & hopping onto the Greenline trail along the tracks to watch the sun set at the beach. The Hudson river is beautiful & represents so much in New York State’s history. I feel lucky to live in a city with access to this beautiful body of water.

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3rd Annual YMCA Bike Fest

bikefest.vertGet rolling with bike education and games for kids, a community bike ride for all ages through Midtown and Uptown Kingston and a free bicycle repair station. Donate an old bike to the YMCA’s Lend a Wheel program so someone else can ride – and enter to win some cool bike stuff!

WHO: YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County
WHAT: 3rd Annual YMCA Bike Fest
WHEN: Sunday, 5/15/16, 11am – 2pm
WHERE: YMCA of Kingston:
507 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
WHY: We want all of Kingston out on their bikes for the fest.

Presented by ShopRite and Co-sponsored by Bike Friendly Kingston, Kingston Greenline Committee, Live Well Kingston and the Kingston Complete Streets Advisory Council.  This event will be held at the YMCA, 507 Broadway, Kingston, and is free and open to the public. Event organized by Tom Polk. For more info email tpolk@ymcaulster.org or call 845-338-3810, x102.

Weekend Wander – UPTOWN

Join us for the 2nd edition of this season’s Weekend Wander series! In this Wander, we’ll be exploring the Uptown section of the Kingston Greenline, including the future Ulster County Midtown Linear Park and the Kingston O&W Rail Trail.

WHO: Kingston Land Trust
WHAT: Weekend Wander – UPTOWN
WHEN: Sunday, 5/15/16, 9:30am – 12:30pm
WHERE: J K’s Wine & Liquor:
276 Plaza Rd, Kingston, NY 12401
WHY: Hike around Kingston with local experts to talk about its exciting projects and hidden treasures right here in our backyard.

Keep checking our site for more details on future hikes. #KLTWANDER

The New Paltz Bike Swap

The New Paltz Bike Swap is a fundraiser for the Fats in the Cats Bicycle Club. They’re a Hudson Valley based not for profit group with the mission to promote cycling advocacy, trail building, trail maintenance, and community service. The swap is a great place to get amazing deals on new and used bikes, bike parts, apparel, bags and vintage bike items.

WHO: Fats in the Cats Mountain Bike Club
WHAT: Annual Bike Swap
WHEN: Sat, 5/14/16, 10am – 2pm
Arrive at 9 if you’d like to sell stuff
WHERE: New Paltz Middle School:
2 S Manheim Blvd, New Paltz, NY 12561
WHY: Stock up on all your biking needs for the season… At GREAT prices $$$ !

The swap has dozens of vendors and hundreds of participants and FREE admission for everyone. Arrive early for the best merch! For more information, visit newpaltzbikeswap.com.

7th Annual Kingston Clean Sweep

As part of the 7th annual Kingston Clean Sweep, organized by Friends of Historic Kingston and the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation, the Kingston Land Trust is recruiting volunteers and supporters to take the clean-up to the trails! Starting promptly at 9am, our crews will pick up garbage, remove brush and spiff-up the future Kingston Point Rail Trail from midtown to the Rondout Creek.

WHO: Kingston Land Trust
WHAT: 7th Annual Kingston Clean Sweep
WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 9am – 12pm
Volunteers check in is at 8:30am
WHERE: Immaculate Conception Church:

WHY: We need your help to keep Kingston beautiful!

NOTE: Volunteers should come prepared, wearing boots, gloves, bug and tick guard and long pants and long-sleeved shirts. The work will involve removing and bagging general trash and rubbish. All volunteers will be required to sign-in before participating in the clean-up.

Bike it! – Youth Bicycle Education Program

BIKEIT.vertBike It! is open to kids aged 10-15 and consists of eight sessions held on Saturdays, May 7 – June 25, from 9am to 12pm. Each session includes instruction and a bike ride. All participants receive a T-shirt, water bottle, patch kit and bike multi-tool. Bikes and helmets are provided, or bring your own. Registration: $35 YMCA Members, $50 Non-members. Scholarships are available – no one is turned away!!!

WHO: YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County
WHAT: Bike It! – Youth Bicycle Education Program
WHEN: Saturdays, 5/7 – 6/25, 9am – 12pm
No ride Memorial Day weekend or June 18.
WHERE: YMCA of Kingston:
507 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
WHY: Kids are Bikers too!

Ride Leader: Tom Polk, Bicycle Educator for the YMCA for the past 6 years, is a life-long cyclist. He is a League Certified Instructor (LCI) with the League of American Bicyclists and a certified Ride Leader through the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). Register at the YMCA Membership Office, 507 Broadway, Kingston, 845-338-3810.

Ride Like You Mean It: Adult Bicycle Education Program

IMG_4241Ulster County’s first education program geared to the needs of adults! Designed for those who have been riding for years as well as those who are just thinking about getting on (or back on) a bike this spring. $50.00 Registration – Scholarships available!!

WHO: YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County
WHAT: Ride Like You Mean It
Adult Bicycle Education Program
WHEN: Weds, May 4, 11, 18, 5:30pm-8:30pm
WHERE: YMCA of Kingston:
507 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
WHY: It’s NEVER to late to learn!

Class will feature interactive classroom discussion and on-bike instruction and practice. Bike and helmet required; participants may bring their own or use the Y’s. Enrollment limited to 12 students. For more info, call instructor Tom Polk at 845-338-3810, x102 or email tpolk@ymcaulster.org