Kingston Land Trust Launches New Initiative to Create a City-Wide Trail Network

Kingston Greenline concept is the focal point of July 20th Trail Summit at City Hall. To register, click here.

KingstonGreenlineLogo_v1Kingston, NY – The Kingston Land Trust, with the support and contributions of its many partner organizations and volunteers, is excited to announce the latest initiative of its all-volunteer Rail Trail Committee: the Kingston Greenline. The group’s vision is a system of non-motorized transportation routes linking Kingston’s residents to important social, cultural and recreational anchors and securing the city’s position at the heart of the County’s growing regional trail network.

This Saturday, July 20th, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the Kingston Land Trust and the City of Kingston will welcome residents, volunteers and others who are working throughout the County to build and connect a network of trails, bike paths, and complete streets. The Kingston Greenline & Ulster County Trails Summit will provide an opportunity for trail groups and supporters to learn more about the Kingston Greenline concept, and will begin a discussion about the most effective ways to create a rail-trail hub in Kingston, linking together individual trail segments into a regional trail network.

Representatives from the KLT’s Rail Trail Committee will hold community trail walks throughout the Summer, building on the conversations started during the Summit. Through these boots-on-the-ground orientations, the group will explore the challenges and opportunities of each segment of the proposed Greenline system, gathering input for a culminating presentation in the Fall that will flesh-out the Greenline vision and the steps necessary to transform Kingston’s underutilized rail corridors into working natural assets. The event is made possible thanks to a Conservation Partnership Catalyst Grant from the Land Trust Alliance, funded through the Environmental Protection Fund.

Keynote speaker, Jeff Olson, will describe how non-motorized mobility can lead to a more connected, healthy, and sustainable society. Jeff is an architect, planner, and author who has been involved in greenways, open space, active living and alternative transportation projects for more than 20 years. Jeff served as the first New York State bicycle/pedestrian program manager, and then went on to lead the US Millennium Trails program before joining the award winning consulting firm Alta Planning + Design.

Click here to download the full press release for this event.

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