Rail Trail Committee

“Friends of Kingston Rail Trails” is now on Facebook!

 The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee
“Connecting people and places of Kingston by trail.”

Our Mission:

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.


Our Vision:

People of the City of Kingston will benefit from a network of trails, bike paths, and complete streets that connect rail trails from the Wallkill Valley, Rondout Valley, Catskill Mountains, and Kingston Point to a Midtown Hub along the Broadway Corridor, creating more opportunities for residents, families, and visitors to connect with places in the city that are special to them and to interact with nature.


Our Goals:

– To pursue strategies that restore connections along historic pathways between existing rail trails that currently terminate at the edge of the city and bring them to the Broadway Corridor at Midtown, while working closely with other organizations working on similar issues regarding land use, complete streets, and liveable communities.

– To create pathways and bikeways in the City of Kingston that make it a more liveable city while respecting the rights and concerns of property owners.

– To provide ample opportunities for the residents of the City of Kingston to shape their community in ways that encourage healthy lifestyles, public safety, community spirit, and civic engagement.

– To ensure that the special places of Kingston are inventoried and incorporated into plans that lead to a complete walking and biking network in the city.

– To generate and present ideas during and out of this process using a broad range of media and modalities. Coming soon.

One way that we are accomplishing this is with the Kingston Greenline KingstonGreenline_2_Draft

The Committee:

 

Chairs

Tim Weidemann

Gregg Swanzey

 

Sub-Committee Chairs

Communications: John Grossbohlin

Events: Meg Clark

 

Trail Heads

Wallkill Valley: Jennifer Berky

Uptown: Andi Turco-Levin

Midtown hub:  (Vacant)

Rondout: (Vacant)

 

Our Accomplishments:

*July, 2013 The Rail Trail Committee organizes two major events: a clean-up on the Kingston Point Rail Trail, and a city-wide summit to launch the new Kingston Greenline concept and help coordinate regional efforts to build-out a world-class trail network in Ulster County.

*June, 2013 – The KLT and the Rail Trail Committee finish a branding study, conducted by Raleigh Green, which results in the creation of the Kingston Greenline concept and vision. The final presentation from Raleigh Green is available by clicking here.

*May, 2013 – The City of Kingston and the Trolley Museum of New York agree to terms that free up a portion of the U&D railroad corridor for the KLT to pursue the creation of the Kingston Point Rail Trail.

The KLT receives a grant from the Land Trust Alliance to conduct a survey of the City-owned property.

*April, 2013 – Alta Planning + Design completes feasibility study for the proposed Kingston Point Rail Trail. The study was funded by the City of Kingston, through a CDBG allocation, with matching funds provided by the Hudson River Valley Greenway. Click here to download a copy of the final report.

*January, 2012 – The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee is awarded a Capacity Building Grant from PTNY. Same item in the Daily Freeman.

*October, 2011 – National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program awards the Kingston Land Trust with a grant to provide technical assistance to help plan and sustain the Kingston Land Trust’s Kingston Rail Trail Connections project.

*October, 2011 The Hudson Valley Greenway awards the Kingston Land Trust $10,000 for an engineering study of the 1.5 mile right of way that will be matched by the CDBG of $10,000 previously approved by the Common Council.

*October, 2011 – Parks and Trails NY (PTNY) award the Kingston Land Trust a Healthy Trails Healthy People program mini-grant to develop a Friends of Kingston Rail Trails web page.

* May 3, 2011 – The City of Kingston Common Council approves a Community Development Block Grant award of $10,000 to the Kingston Land Trust for an engineering study for the Kingston Point Rail Trail, a critical component for development of a plan for transforming the right-of-way into a public greenway and multi-use trail. With it we will survey the condition of the tunnel, investigate drainage issues, inventory items for the work plan, and examime conceptual alternatives and set the stage for a design process.

April 30, 2011 – The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee hosts a team for its first official clean up the upper leg of the Kingston Point Rail Trail from East Chester Street to the Hasbrouck Avenue tunnel as part of the Friends of Historic Kingston’s Clean Sweep Initiative with plenty of volunteer help and a donation from Rondout Savings Bank. Thanks also to the City’s Public Works Department for incredible support with chainsaw work out ahead of the cleanup, a huge container for handling brush, a truck for the trash and DPW personel on a Saturday morning. Next cleanup June 4th!

* March, 2011 – The KLT RTC is awarded a $12,500 for the “Kingston Rail Trail Connections” Project, a two year project to enable the Kingston Land Trust to launch public planning processes to pursue strategies to restore linkages to the city of Kingston via historic transportation pathways through the LAND TRUST ALLIANCE.

* December 2010 – The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee is awarded a prestigious feasibility study grant  from Parks & Trails New York.  The “Kingston Connections” project was one of three selected for 2011.  For more on this, click on this LINK.