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The Kingston Land Trust plans a cleanup of rail bed as part of the Clean Sweep Event presented by the Friends of Historic Kingston and Kingston’s Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday, April 30th 2011 at 9:00am. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Rondout Savings Bank parking lot on lower Broadway.
Kingston – The Kingston Land Trust and its Rail Trail Committee, in collaboration with the Trolley Museum of New York, invite volunteers to help clear the upper section of the old rail bed that runs parallel to Hasbrouck Avenue from East Chester Street to the old railroad tunnel that passes under Livingston Street on Saturday, April 30th.
Participants are asked to register online by visiting the Kingston Land Trust website and will meet at the Rondout Savings Bank parking lot, 300 Broadway in Kingston at 9:00 am. As a sponsor of the Kingston Land Trust’s effort, the Rondout Savings Bank will provide supplies and their staff to lend a hand.
The original rail bed runs from Midtown Kingston in the vicinity of the Kingston Hospital to the Trolley Museum on the Rondout Waterfront area and out to Kingston Point. The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee is proposing a multi-use trail to accommodate non-motorized modes of transportation and pedestrian traffic down to the Trolley Museum from Midtown in order to connect neighborhoods and afford the residents of Kingston and visitors to the region a recreational amenity and improve the quality of life in the City of Kingston. This event is the first step in transforming the corridor into a trail.
“We have dubbed this new trail the ‘Kingston Point Rail Trail’ since it used to be the route vacationers would take on their way by train up into the Catskills after they got off the steamboat at Kingston Point. This cleanup allows us to better see what is there and to kick off a campaign to transform an underutilized right-of-way in the city to an active, accessible trail,” said Gregg Swanzey, Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee Chair.
With the entrance of the proposed KPRT in his ward, Ward 9 Alderman Hayes Clement enthusiastically supports the effort. “The rail trail initiative is a critical one in terms of improving our quality of life and Kingston’s appeal to new families, and I’m confident the cleanup effort will help highlight those benefits while sprucing up neighborhoods. I’m very excited to take part”.
Participants should wear boots since there are wet areas, bring gloves, and wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts. The work will involve moving brush and general trash. To register and get more information, please visit the Kingston Land Trust website at www.kingstonlandtrust.org
?For more information, contact Gregg Swanzey, Chair of the KLT Rail Trail Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-5263 or email@example.com
?About Clean Sweep - In its second year, Clean Sweep is a program created by the Friends of Historic Kingston in collaboration with the city of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department. www.fohk.org
About the Kingston Land Trust – 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
About the Trolley Museum – The Trolley Museum of New York is a non-profit educational museum founding in 1955. The goals of the museum are to offer a ride to the public through exhibits and educational programs to share the rich history of rail transportation and the role it played in the Hudson Valley region. www.tmny.org
About the Rondout Savings Bank – Rondout Savings Bank is a hometown bank currently celebrating 140 years of excellence in service to the community. www.rondoutbank.com