Rail Trail Hall of Fame, Here We Come!

Walkway Over the Hudson, Hudson Valley Trail Network | Photo by Kristina Quinones. Image courtesy of RTC.

Walkway Over the Hudson, Hudson Valley Trail Network | Photo by Kristina Quinones. Image courtesy of RTC.

You might have missed it, but in January, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) announced the 2016 nominees to their Rail Trail Hall of Fame. And guess what, the Hudson Valley Trail Network is one of the candidates! Voting’s open now, so vote early and vote often! Voting Booth.

Now, we know that our work in Kingston is just getting started, but we have proud partners to our south who are piecing together a fabulous start on this regional trail system. If you haven’t already, make a trip to ride the contiguous trail from Hopewell Junction (Dutchess County) to Tony Williams Park in the Town of Lloyd (Ulster County), a distance of nearly 18 miles! It starts out as the Dutchess Rail Trail, and after 13 miles, connects to the Walkway Over the Hudson. Moving west from the Walkway, you’re on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail for another 4 miles.

Plans are in the works to continue the Hudson Valley Rail Trail towards a connection with New Paltz. We can imagine the day (not too far off, we hope) when you could continue to New Paltz, then up the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail to Kingston, then via the Kingston Greenline either to the Hudson River at Kingston Point, to the Rondout Valley via the O&W Rail Trail or up to the Catskills on the Ashokan Rail Trail!

Your support will help us get there!

To The Max!

Interview with Maxanne Resnick: Executive Director of the Woodstock Land Conservancy

Maxanne Resnick was appointed as the Executive Director of the Woodstock Land Conservancy late last year. Woodstock, clearly one of the more well-known towns in Ulster County, couldn’t have a more competent leader at the helm of this important organization. Maxanne is a great source of inspiration to us all here at the Kingston Land Trust as she juggles many responsibilities. She’s long-time Ulster Co resident, a mother of two, a die-hard fan of Phoenicia and so much more.

How did you initially get involved with the Woodstock Land Conservancy (WLC)?
Several years ago I met some of the key Woodstock Land Conservancy (WLC) board members. I remained in touch with them, so when my predecessor, Marita Lopez-Mena, decided to step down, a chance encounter with Board President, Patty Goodwin at the 2015 Ulster County Active Transportation Conference proved serendipitous! I’ve been a Catskills area resident for 22 years, mostly in the Phoenicia area, and recently moved to West Hurley. I was appointed Executive Director in January 2016, after having done a 4-month stint with the organization in fundraising. I’ve long admired WLC’s mission of conserving open lands, natural resources, habitat, historic value, with the added lens of climate change and sustainability. The educational programs are inspiring and I was familiar with several of their gorgeous public preserves.

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a little HELP from our friends

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The Kingston Land Trust is a volunteer led and registered 501(c)(3) public charity formed for the purpose of protecting, preserving and restoring urban and rural lands in and around Kingston, NY for the benefit and enjoyment of its residents and visitors. The Kingston Land Trust is an amazing organization made up of a group of multi talented, passionate, dedicated and like-minded volunteers driven to make the Kingston area an exceptional place to live, work and play. The keystone to the successful execution of its vision, mission and related programs is reliant on its collaboration with its many partners and its support base of loyal and dedicated volunteers.

Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity often intended to promote goodness and to improve human quality of life and it gives the individual a form of connectivity to the community and a sense of belonging, pride and accomplishment. Volunteering can be far more than simply doing a good deed. In fact, volunteering can be a great way to learn more about the community and its people, make friends and socialize, garner professional contacts and networks, get exercise, spend time outdoors, or even shake up your usual routine. Volunteering is one of the best ways to make a difference in your community. Whatever your passion, however you get involved, volunteering offers a way to have a real and lasting impact on the community.

Now that you know about the benefits and value of volunteerism, won’t you please volunteer? We need you and these are the many ways you can involved and help:

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We have exciting news… Kingston Greenline is now on Instagram!!! It’s a fun way to show you the existing Greenline trails as well as the parts that are under construction.

We hope this will encourage you to get out and about in Kingston, on its trails and share your awesome photos. We’d love to see you! Please FOLLOW us… @kingstongreenline

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Walkway Over the Hudson – 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

Join us for an unparalled view of the fireworks at The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. The Walkway will close at 5:30PM to the general public and reopen for the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at 6:30PM. Fireworks are scheduled to begin between 9-9:30PM. The Walkway gates will close 45 minutes after the fireworks show is completed.

WHO: Walkway Over the Hudson
WHAT: 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
WHEN: Saturday, July 2 at 6:30PM – 10PM
WHERE: Walkway Over the Hudson:

WHY: Watch ‘s spectacular 4th of July fireworks display from this incredible setting… Right on the steel cantilevered bridge spanning the Hudson River. #UnforgettableExperience

Tickets are $12.50 for adults, children under 5 are FREE and Walkway Members Receive 20% off! Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.

Tour de Kingston-Ulster Bike Event

Join us for the 11th annual Tour de Kingston-Ulster bike event, perfect for all skill levels. The various rides use low-traffic back roads and the extensive rail trail network to let you explore what Ulster County has to offer. Event supports the YMCA, the HealthAlliance Foundation and the Tour De Kingston Community Scholarship Fund.

WHO: Revolution Bicycles
WHAT: Tour de Kingston-Ulster Bike Event
WHEN: Sunday, June 26. Event opens at 8AM
WHERE: Forsyth Park:
157 Lucas Avenue, Kingston NY 12401
WHY: A great opportunity to see the historic, cultural and scenic attractions of Kingston and Ulster Co. BBQ lunch, raffle and scholarship awards follow the rides.

Click here to register TODAY and make sure you check out Samantha Moranville’s post about the Tour.

Weekend Wander – June Edition

Join us for the 3rd edition of this season’s Weekend Wander series! In this Wander, we’ll be exploring the Rondout section of the Kingston Greenline rail trail which includes the future Kingston Point segment.

WHO: Kingston Land Trust
WHAT: Weekend Wander – June Edition
WHEN: Saturday, June 18 at 9:30AM – 12:30PM
WHERE: Kingston Wine Co:

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

Screen shot 2016-06-08 at 3.04.30 PMWeekend Wander: Rondout Area Route

Kingston Night Market – 2016 Season Debut

The Kingston Night Market is a monthly (JUNE-SEPT) pop-up street festival in the Rondout neighborhood of Kingston. The street is transformed via lighting, live music, food and vendor booths. The market features local artists, makers, businesses, non-profits and brings people from all over the Hudson Valley together.

WHO: Kingston Night Market
WHAT: Kingston Night Market 2016 Season Debut
WHEN: Friday, June 17 at 6PM – 10PM
WHERE: The Kingston Waterfront:
Kingston, New York 12401
WHY: It’s a great way to celebrate Kingston, its waterfront and all the amazingly creative merchants that live and work in the area.

Click here for more info on the Kingston Night Market.

RUPCO Celebrate Community 2016

Join us for the 14th Annual Celebrate Community 2016 gala, where fundraising and friend gathering meet to raise monies for RUPCO’s programs and services. There will be tapas & tasters, auctions & raffles, smooth jazz & conversation at the Senate Garage with cocktails outside on the Senate House lawn.

WHO: RUPCO
WHAT: Celebrate Community 2016
WHEN: Thursday, June 16 at 5:30PM – 8:30PM
WHERE: Senate Garage:
6 N Front St, Kingston, New York 12401
WHY: RUPCO hosts its annual friend-gathering fundraiser honoring 35 years of creating homes, supporting people and improving communities.

Click here to order your tickets NOW!

Work Day on the O&W Rail Trail

Ready to get your hands dirty? Join us for some rewarding hard work cleaning up the O&W Rail Trail. Volunteers will meet at 9AM in the parking lot of the Super 8 Motel in Kingston. We’ll brush back the corridor from there to the the Thruway underpass.

WHO: Marbletown O&W Rail Trail Committee
WHAT: Work Day on the O&W Rail Trail
WHEN: Saturday, June 11 at 9AM – 12:30PM
WHERE: Super 8 Motel:
487 Washington Ave, Kingston, NY 12401
WHY: It’s a great way to get involved, meet some awesome people and help out a great cause.

This segment is being developed under a federal and state transportation grant, but is currently maintained only by volunteers. For more info contact Sheldon Quimby 845-339-4531 or Steve Rice 845-626-3089.