The Kingston Land Trust was pleased to participate in the second annual “City Wide Clean Sweep” on Saturday, April 30th, 2011 organized by the Friends of Historic Kingston and the city of Kingston’s Park and Recreation Department.
Over 30 volunteers joined members of the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee to help clear the rail bed of the proposed “Kingston Point Rail Trail”, the lower portion of the Ulster and Delaware Line that runs from Midtown Kingston to the Rondout Creek just behind the Trolley Museum of New York. With an attractive 3% grade, the proposed “Rail Trail” would allow an easy urban pathway for walkers, runners, strollers and residents with handicaps alike to meander through an approximately 1.5 mile trail connecting to the Rondout Creek and the city of Kingston’s recent walkway along the creek accomplishment.
“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”. Take part he did. Along with legislator Mike Madsen and corporation council member Shayne Gallo.
Volunteers who joined the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee included the Rondout Savings Bank, the Trolley Museum of New York, council members, the Church Community, legislators and city of Kingston resident volunteers.
We will post more pictures shortly, as well as a wrap up from Gregg Swanzey, the chair of the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee.
Today’s Kingston Point Rail Trail clean-up was a project organized by the Kingston Land Trust and the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee in partnership with the Trolley Museum of NY and sponsored by the Rondout Savings Bank. A very special thanks to Mayor Jim Sottile and the city of Kingston Department of Public Works for making this event possible.
The Kingston Land Trust’s Rail Trail Committee with the support of Parks and Trails New York (PTNY) has designed ‘Kingston Connections’ which works to create a “midtown hub” for all rail trail systems to begin or end. Recently, the Kingston Land Trust was awarded a $12,500 Catalyst Grant from the Land Trust Alliance to hold future community visioning sessions for residents to help in the planning process of the system.
If you would like to join our email list for future rail trail events, please contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director at email@example.com or call 845/877-LAND (5263).