Saturday, June 4th 2011
1:00pm – 4:00pm
View Photos of the Kingston Point Rail Trail Clean-up from the April 30th, 2011
Citywide Clean-Sweep Event
The Kingston Land Trust Participates in National Trails and Hudson River Day on Saturday, June 4th 2011. The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee celebrates with a second clean-up of the proposed Kingston Point Rail Trail from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
Kingston - The Kingston Land Trust and the Kingston Land Trust’s Rail Trail Committee is pleased to be a partner in the National Trails Day and the Hudson River Day that both coincide on Saturday, June 4th 2011. To celebrate, the KLT Rail Trail Committee, with the support of the Trolley Museum of New York and Forsyth Nature Center, is inviting the community to help with a second cleanup of the proposed Kingston Point Rail Trail that runs from Midtown Kingston to the Trolley Museum in the Rondout.
The old Ulster and Delaware Rail Bed has the potential to become a spectacular city ‘greenway’, a 1.5 mile urban trail that meanders through the city of Kingston including through a historic tunnel and an overpass allowing a safe crossing over the busy route 9W in the Rondout. With its 3% grade, the trail is an accessible pathway for those with special needs (such as wheelchairs) and a gentle run for bikers, runners, and walkers alike.
Volunteers are asked to meet at 12:45pm at the Immanuel Lutheran Church parking lot located at 20 Livingston Street. Please dress accordingly with light, long sleeved shirts, long pants and work boots. Bring gloves if you have them.
In celebration of the Hudson River Day, the Kingston Land Trust invites its volunteers and community members to the Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing after the clean-up where the Land Trust will have a booth. You can learn more of the partners associated with River Day, watch the Clearwater and Half Moon arrive in the Rondout Creek at around 5:00pm and grab an early dinner at one of the waterfront’s many restaurants.
About the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee – 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.
About National Trails Day – Since 1993, the first Saturday of every June is known as National Trails Day, inspiring the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out, discover, learn about, and celebrate America’s trail system National Trails Day evolved from the 1987 report of President Ronald Reagan’s President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors. The report recommended that Americans should be able to walk out their front doors and within 15 minutes, be on trails that take them through their cities or towns and bring them back without retracing any steps.
About Hudson River Day – On Saturday June 4, the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program will sponsor the third annual “River Day” and the day will focus on the 5 themes of the “2010-2014 Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda”: Clean Water, Habitat, River Access, Climate Change and Scenery. Presented in cooperation with various organizations including Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Hudson Valley Greenway, Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, The Kingston Land Trust, Hudson River Boat and Yacht Club, Hudson River Maritime Museum and others, “River Day” will include a variety of events that span the length of the Hudson River. In 2009, the first “River Day” was held as part of the region-wide Quadricentennial celebrations and in 2010 several organizations from New York to Albany collaborated to make the event an annual tradition.
Please see below for a complete list of “River Day” events by region.
River Day 2011
LAND AND SEA EVENTS
NEW YORK CITY
Hosting River Day themed sails on the Clipper City and Shearwater boats throughout the day in New York Harbor
Empire Cruise Lines
Hosting special River Day themed Sail
Hudson River Estuary Program NYSDEC, Mid Hudson Children’s Museum
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
A wrap-up and Recognition Event for the 2011 Hudson River Estuary Program Eel Project at the Mid Hudson Children’s Museum. This will include a recap of 2011 results and years past with live eels of several sizes on display, pizza, soda and eel T-shirts for volunteers courtesy of National Audubon’s TogetherGreen program
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Morning Educational Sail on the Clearwater in Poughkeepsie
1:00 PM – 5:00
PM Transit to Kingston
***The Half Moon will be meeting the Clearwater in Kingston along with smaller vessels!
The Hudson River Maritime Museum
Heritage and replica boat flotilla; The Tug boat Mathilda Clothesline Art Competition &
Hosting a second clean-up of the proposed Kingston Point Rail Trail as part of National Trails Day also on June 4, 2011
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
Hosting “Fish of the Hudson” at Kowawese Unique Area at Plum Point
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Rhinecliff Waterfront Committee
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
“Annual Waterfront Day” This year’s event will feature live music, games, food, bouncy castle, exhibits and children’s activities. Experience a boat ride on the new Kingston-Rhinecliff Ferry. A bi-plane from the Rhinecliff Aerodrome will do a low fly-by. The local fire departments will face-off in a tug-of-war competition. Vendor booths will include river related exhibits, water safety and sailing instruction. Enjoy entertainment by clowns, live music by local artists and the Rhinebeck High School Steel Band.
Sunday, June 5: Friends of the Milton-on-Hudson Train Station
(Event following River Day)
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
“Plein Air” Art and Reception at the Historic Station.
Light refreshments will be served. This event is the culmination of the 2011 New York Heritage Weekend invitation for artists to paint “Plein Air” at the train station.
Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary
Hosting a popular morning program about snapping turtles and the habitat of Constitution Marsh in collaboration with the Boscobel Restoration
Hudson River Valley Greenway
River Day Paddle around the peninsula made up of Stockport and Houghtaling Islands.
Pre-registration is required.
Contact: scott.keller@ hudsongreenway.state.ny.us