Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee organizing cleanup of Kingston Point Rail Trail as part of Kingston Clean Sweep, Saturday, April 20, 2013.

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The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee is organizing a cleanup of the Kingston Point Rail Trail as part of Kingston Clean Sweep presented by the Friends of Historic Kingston and Kingston Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday, April 20st 2013 at 9:00am. Volunteers are asked to meet in the parking lot behind Rondout Savings Bank, 300 Broadway, in Kingston at 8:30am to sign-in.

Kingston, NY – The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee will participate in the 4th annual Kingston Clean-Sweep sponsored by Friends of Historic Kingston and the City of Kingston’s Park and Recreation Department on Saturday, April 20st 2013 at 9:00am. Volunteers are invited to help clear the “Kingston Point Rail Trail,” a section of the old Ulster & Delaware rail bed that runs from Kingston Point to midtown Kingston. The Kingston Land Trust is working with the City of Kingston to develop this abandoned rail bed into a scenic urban rail trail.

Volunteers should come prepared wearing boots since there are wet areas, gloves, bug and tick guard and long pants and long-sleeved shirts. The work will involve cutting and moving brush and general trash. Volunteers should bring water bottles and and are requested to bring loppers or other brush clearing hand tools if they have them.

Among other purposes, the Ulster and Delaware railroad line used to carry New York City vacationers from ferry boats arriving at Kingston Point into the Catskill Mountains. This section of the rail line runs from midtown Kingston to the Rondout. It will eventually connect to a network of rail trails extending throughout Ulster County. When completed this trail section will allow users to travel from midtown Kingston to the Hudson River with only a three percent grade throughout the 1.5 mile trail. Rail trails are created on abandoned railroad lines and are ideal for recreation for people of all ages and abilities because they are nearly flat, relatively wide, and have excellent visibility.

For more information, contact Meg Clark at: meg.clark138@gmail.com or Katie Scott-Childress at: kscottmail@yahoo.com

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About Kingston Clean Sweep – In its fourth year, Kingston Clean Sweep is a program 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 (the KLT) 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 KLT Rail Trail Committee – The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee (RTC) is a committee of the Kingston Land Trust, composed of KLT Board Members, city residents and other important stakeholders dedicated to planning, developing, utilizing, and properly maintaining rail trails and other non-motorized linkages in the City of Kingston. The Committee’s guiding vision is that the 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 Rondout Waterfront/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.

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