Mix and Mingle at the KLT’s Annual Benefit

Let's gather for the KLT's annual benefit on 1/12 at the AnchorJoin us as we celebrate a successful season and look forward to exciting progress in 2015!

When: Monday, January 12, 7 – 9PM
Where: The Anchor, 744 Broadway

Come join the Kingston Land Trust’s board members, volunteers and supporters as we raise a glass from 7 – 9pm on Monday, January 12th at the Anchor (744 Broadway).

“Over the past several months, we’ve been so busy with our various projects that we’ve had to postpone our annual holiday mixer,” explains the Kingston Land Trust’s chairwoman, Andi Turco-Levin. “Now that the holidays are behind us, and during the relatively quiet winter season, we’re looking forward to gathering together to celebrate all that’s happened over the past year and preview what’s on our agenda for 2015,” continues Turco-Levin.

The Kingston Land Trust extends a special welcome to those who have contributed time, talents and resources over the past year, including all of the volunteers who pitched in on clean-ups and maintenance projects. “Our success depends on the willingness of our neighbors and friends to roll up their sleeves and pitch in,” explains Tim Weidemann, co-chair of the KLT’s Rail Trail Committee and an advisor to the Land Trust. “Our city has tremendous untapped potential, but to activate our historic, cultural and recreational resources takes a commitment from the whole community. The dedicated work of our volunteers over the past year is an encouraging indicator of what’s to come,” Weidemann adds.

All are welcome to attend the event, which begins at 7pm and continues until 9pm on Monday, January 12 at the Anchor (744 Broadway). A cash bar and full menu will be available. Donations to support the Kingston Land Trust’s ongoing work are appreciated, and a portion of the evening’s proceeds will be contributed by the Anchor to support the Kingston Land Trust.

Please RSVP via email to admin@kingstonlandtrust.org or online at http://kltgather.eventbrite.com.

Last Cleanup Day of the season on Kingston Point Rail Trail

unnamedKingston- Sunday November 16th, the Kingston Land Trust will be hosting its final workday of the season on the Kingston Point Rail Trail from 9am till noon. This will be a great chance to help out with the maintenance of the rail corridor, and get a final glance at the fall weather on the trail before winter approaches.

In an effort to get the trail ready for winter, volunteers will have the option to work on many different tasks including brush clearing, raking leaves and very importantly scouring the corridor for any sort of trash and litter that can take away from the overall natural beauty of the trail. Now more than ever is an important time to keep the Kingston Point Rail Trail maintained, with the ongoing construction as well as a growing awareness from our neighbors about the trail.

Those planning on attending the work day should prepare for the weather and dress in warm clothing. Volunteers are reminded to wear protective clothing in the event of coming into contact with any sort of prickers or mud, and to bring a pair of work gloves as well. If you wish to bring your own work tools, we strongly urge you to mark them and make them easy for you to identify as your own. At 9am, we will be meeting at the Rondout Savings Bank parking lot (300 Broadway).

Any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Tim Weidemann, Rail Trail Committee co-Chair  at (845­430­0426) or via email                   (tim@rondoutconsulting.com)

 

The Kingston Point Rail Trail is one part of the Kingston Land Trust’s vision for an inter­connected network of the Kingston Land Trust’s vision for an inter­connected network of urban rail trails, pathways, bike ­lanes and complete streets, which has been dubbed the Kingston Greenline. More information is available through the Kingston Land Trust’s web site, at www.kingstonlandtrust.org/greenline.

 

Public Meeting Scheduled for Bringing Back Broadway Transportation Study

On November 19th, the Ulster County Transportation Council will host an informational meeting for the transportation project, “Bringing Back Broadway.” Supporters of the Kingston Greenline are encouraged to come to the meeting to ensure that bike and pedestrian improvements take center stage in this redesign project of Broadway. The meeting will be held at Seven21 Media Center on Broadway in Kingston and is tentatively set for 4pm to 7pm.

The transportation study, “Bringing Back Broadway”, is the result of the City of Kingston being  awarded over $3million in various state and federal grants to begin the process of renovating the physical layout of Broadway and connecting streets in a manner that will improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, aesthetics and traffic flow. This transportation study will allow for the development of a corridor Plan that includes design concepts to improve mobility, accessibility, and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists along and adjacent to the corridor.

It is anticipated that these efforts will re-connect the Broadway corridor with surrounding neighborhoods and amenities, such as the Kingston Point Rail Trail and other multi-use trails under development, revitalizing this important regional corridor. This revitalization includes an important part of the Kingston Greenline known as the “Midtown Hub”, which connects together the three other sections of the Greenline (Rondout, Uptown, Wallkill).

Midtown Hub Bike Lane

Click to enlarge and get a look at the Midtown Hub Concept

The Midtown Hub is a proposed trail in the heart of downtown Kingston. This loop will be comprised of complete streets and will link several key areas with the surrounding trail network, including the Broadway Corridor, Foxhall Avenue, and Cornell Street. This section of the Kingston Greenline is a key in shaping the sidewalks and crosswalks in order to provide accommodations for pedestrians. A mix of cycle track, bike lanes, and shared lane markings will provide accommodations for cyclists.

The Bringing Back Broadway project’s contemplated improvements will enhance mobility, accessibility, and safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists along and adjacent to Broadway from Liberty Street to Chester Street. Supporters of the Kingston Greenline are encouraged to attend this meeting in order to take an active role in shaping community policy.

For more information on the Bringing Back Broadway Project you can visit its webpage  and for more information on The Kingston Greenline, visit our website . For more information or questions about the public meeting, contact the Kingston Land Trust at admin@kingstonlandtrust.org.

 

Walkill Valley Rail Trail Association to Host Annual Fall Trail Clean Up

wvtraThe Walkill Valley Rail Trail Association will be hosting its annual Fall Rail Trail Cleanup on November 15th starting at 9am. This will be a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant beauty of the Hudson Valley at the peak of the Fall season. Volunteers will be needed to help spruce up the beautiful 22-mile Wallkill Valley Rail Trail before winter sets in.

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association, in conjunction with the Wallkill Valley Land Trust will be sponsoring the event. The goals of the clean up will be moving trash and other debris from the trail, clearing brush, and smoothing out ruts are among the chores that need to be completed.

There will be two meeting points in the Rosendale section of the trail.

Work Location 1 will be at  Hickory Bush Road (aka Whiteport Road). For this work site, volunteers are asked to meet by the Thruway overpass on Hickory Bush Road. This work site will focus on trash removal and smoothing out deep ruts caused by ATVs crossing the trail.Those interested in this work site are asked to bring work gloves and shovels.  Trash bags will be provided.

 Work Location 2 will be located outside the Women’s Studio Workshop, Binnewater Rd at Breezy Hill Rd. Work  at this site will focus on clearing brush to widen the trail.Volunteers interested in working this site are asked to bring work gloves and clippers or pruners.
Parking is limited at both locations, please car pool where possible.  Signs will be placed at the meeting locations.
If you plan to participate, please email us in advance (admin@kingstonlandtrust.org) so we can coordinate with the WVRTA. See the Walkill Valley Rail Trail Association’s web site, for further information or email  info@wvrta.org  to receive updates or for any questions.

Please come out and help us to make The Walkill Valley Rail Trail trail cleaner, safer and even more enjoyable for everyone. 

About the Walkill Valley Rail Trail Association:The association is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization run by volunteers with the sole purpose of preserving this precious linear park for future generations. Individuals, families and businesses are encouraged to join the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association to help support the costs involved in maintaining, promoting, preserving and improving the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail for public use.

 

 

 

 

You’re Invited to Our Rail Trail Groundbreaking Party!

GreenlineOn Friday, October 17th a groundbreaking ceremony is slated to take place for the construction of the Kingston Point Rail Trail. The Kingston Land Trust is thrilled to share this milestone with all of our supporters, volunteers and neighbors.

The groundbreaking party will begin at 4pm at the Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of Livingston, Delaware and Hasbrouck, just above the main staging site for the construction project. Light food and refreshments will be served, and we will say a few words of thanks at 5:00pm – stay tuned for more details. Overflow parking is at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 22 Livingston Street.

We look forward to seeing you there, and to offering our supporters and volunteers a hearty “thank you” for their continued efforts in helping to make The Kingston Greenline a reality!

Kingston Land Trust to Partner with O+ Festival For Cycling Events

O+Fest_BikeLogo_Transparent The O+ Festival, being held from October 10th-12th in Kingston, is a great opportunity to enjoy the Fall season and observe firsthand the abundance of artistic and musical talent . The Kingston Land Trust is proud to partner with the O+ Festival for several planned cycling events.

Since its 2011 launch, the O+ Festival has made a name for itself in its abundance of of art, music, and creativity all for the common goal of helping to strengthen the bridge to access health care for artists.

With exhibitions from approximately 30 accomplished artists, such as internationally–known street artist Gaia, there will be murals and art installations all over Kingston. The  O+ Festival will also be showcasing a multitude of musical acts throughout the weekend. The festival will also have a large array of wellness centered activities from Kundalini Yoga with Hariprakash to Dance X Cross Fitness with the Center for Creative Education.

On Sunday October 12th there will be a series of cycling events in partnership with Recovery Ride founder Tour de Kingston as well as YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County, HealthAlliance Foundation, Kingston GreenlineRevolution Bicycles, Famous Bike Brothers, Overlook Mountain Bikes, Kingston Land Trust and Nace Promotions.The rides kick off at 9:30 a.m. with 18- and 28-mile rail trail rides, and a 50-mile road ride.

At noon, the whole family is invited to get on their bikes for a guided 4.5 mile Mural-to-Mural RecO+very Ride that begins at Forsyth Park and stops at murals throughout Uptown Kingston as well as the YMCA in Midtown. Many O+ artists will be on hand to give talks in front of their murals. At the YMCA, riders are encouraged to stop and visit the recovering artists exhibit in the YMCA lobby.

At 1 p.m., as an optional 6-mile extension of the mural-to-mural ride, the Kingston Land Trust will lead a tour of the future Kingston Greenline. The tour route, which follows the planned system of trails, bike lanes and complete streets, will stop at the Trolley Museum of New York, on the Rondout Creek, and in Midtown near the hub of Ulster County’s once-vital railroad system. Tour guides will be on hand to share recent progress updates on the design and construction of the Kingston Greenline.Helmets are mandatory for all four rides. A map of the planned Mural-to-Mural and Kingston Greenline tour routes is available here.

The Kingston Land Trust and Bike Friendly Kingston are also partnering with organizers of the O+ Festival to provide a free bicycle parking tent for festival goers during Friday and Saturday night and from 10am-2pm on Saturday. Stop by and give us a visit while you’re enjoying the festivities and get a chance to network with other rail trail and cycling advocates while you visit.

Admission to the festival is $35.00 , and that gives you access to all the music, art and wellness for the entire weekend. Tickets can be purchased online here. For a more detailed list of musical acts, art exhibitions and wellness clinics, visit the O+ webpage

The Kingston Land Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas, and forests in and around the City of Kingston.  As the area’s only urban land trust, the KLT fills a unique role that places it in close partnership with other organizations, agencies and individuals who are working to strengthen Kingston’s quality of life through creative strategies related to land use, infrastructure, the environment, historic preservation, and community and economic development.

The Kingston Greenline is a proposed system of trails, bikeways, promenades, paths and “complete streets” that provides residents and visitors with healthy, active, non-motorized ways to connect to the City’s vibrant commercial, cultural, historical and recreational assets and weaves together the County’s emerging trail network via an amenity-rich urban trail hub. More information is available at kingstongreenline.org or facebook.com/kingstonrailtrails.

The O+ Festival is a celebration of art and music that creates a bridge to access health care for artists. O+ fosters complete physical, mental and social well-being by connecting artists directly with a coalition of health care providers and health resources, in a shared vision to nurture the individual and the community.

 

Calling On Volunteers: Bike Parking at the O+ Festival

O+Fest_BikeLogo_Transparent

Register to volunteer at http://opositivebikeparking2014.eventbrite.com

The Kingston Land Trust and Bike Friendly Kingston are partnering with organizers of the O+ Festival to provide a free bicycle parking tent for festival goers.This is a great opportunity for volunteers to be involved with the O+ Festival.

Volunteers are needed during Friday and Saturday night and from 10am-2pm on Saturday. It’s simple, and with your help, people will be able to ride to the festival, stash their bike safely with us, and enjoy the festivities! As an added bonus, you’ll get a chance to network with other rail trail and cycling advocates while you work the tent!

The bike parking tent will be located at the intersection of Wall St and Front Street in Kingston, next to the festival’s HO+ME tent.This location is subject to change and if so, all participants will be notified.

If you would like more information on the event or to sign up, check out our volunteer page on  http://opositivebikeparking2014.eventbrite.com.  We hope to see you there.

 

YMCA Farm Project to Host Community Harvest Party and Film Screening

Community Harvest Party -Film ScreeningTuesday September 23rd at 5:30pm,The YMCA Farm Project will host The Community Harvest Festival and screening of “Growing Cities”. The event is supported by various community organizations including The Kingston Land Trust. The Community Harvest Party will include kids activities, music, food and a silent auction. The event will take place at the  YMCA Farm, which is located at the intersection of Susan and Summer streets behind the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster, where you may park.

The film slated for viewing is the 2013 documentary film “Growing Cities” by Dan Susman, “that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.” The message of this film goes hand in hand with the YMCA Farm Project’s mission of educating and empowering young people by, “directly engaging them in sustainable food production on an urban farm.”  The event will be held rain or shine, (in the event of rain, the event will be moved indoors.)There will be a suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for kids. Donations are tax-deductible and will go towards the farm and its educational programs. 

For more information about the YMCA Farm Project, you can visit their website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Peek at September’s Lineup of Events

September is a time when the Hudson Valley flourishes with not only with the immense beauty of the falling leaves,  but with an immense array of exciting events to take part in all over the community. The events for September provide a great opportunity for us to welcome in the Fall season while also taking in the great local sights in and around Kingston.

Here’s a look at some of our upcoming events:

Bike for Cancer Care
Sun., September 21, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM Dietz Stadium Kingston
The Bike for Cancer Care will offer four rides at varying skill levels, each beginning Dietz Stadium, Kingston. What could be better than enjoying the beauty of fall while also helping raise money for local cancer patients in need. 

Sunday Hikes on the Kingston Greenline
Sun., September 21, 9:30 – 11:00 AM Kingston Wine Co.
Join us as we take another walk down a beautiful section of the Kingston Greenline. This tour will focus on the Rondout section of the Greenline and as usual has a free wine tasting at the end, courtesy of our friends at the Kingston Wine Co. Come take in the beautiful September weather before the cool fall season sets in.

Smithsonian Magazine’s Annual Museum Day Live
Sat., September 27, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Hudson River Maritime Museum
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is proud to participate in Smithsonian Magazine’s annual Museum Day Live. Free admission as long as you get your tickets here. Join folks down on the beautiful Kingston Strand at 11 AM and enjoy the festivities!

Kingston Rail Trail Committee Meeting
Mon., September 29, 6:30 – 8:30 PM Immanuel Lutheran Church, 22 Livingston St.
The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee – the brain trust for the Kingston Greenline – meets monthly to plan and coordinate its efforts. Join us to support our vision of a better Kingston with complete streets, rail trails, and more!.

With so many different events throughout the month of September, there is a guaranteed way for everyone to welcome in the Fall season while also connecting with the community.

For more information on these events and to get more information on future events,  join our KLT Mailing List on the lower right side of our webpage and receive our monthly web newsletter.

 

Bike Friendly Kingston Hosts Second Annual Feast on Two Wheels

 

BFK_FeastOnTwoWheels

Riders take a break during last year’s Feast on Two Wheels

Kingston NY – On Wednesday, September 17th, from 5-8pm, cyclists will fill the streets of Kingston on a three part journey known as the Feast on Two Wheels. The annual fundraiser was created by Bike-Friendly Kingston, an advocacy group that promotes improvements that would make the city more “bike-able”. Over the course of three hours, ticket holders will bike from uptown to midtown to the Rondout, with stops along the way for food and conversation. Tickets are available for purchase online .

This year, riders will enjoy appetizers from Santa Fe (11 Main Street), vegetarian or chicken tamales from Just For You (375 Broadway), and dessert at the Kingston Home Port and Education Center at the Hudson River Maritime Museum (50 Rondout Landing), provided by Grounded, a new bakery opening on lower Broadway.

The proceeds from tickets will help fund future Bike Friendly Projects including expansion of the pilot installation of “sharrows” along Delaware Avenue, a bike-ped master plan, a bike rack art installation contest and bike parking at Kingston events.

The feast begins with appetizers at 5pm at Santa Fe on 11 Main Street. After stopping at Just For You, the group will arrive at the Maritime Museum by 7pm, where local and county representatives will be on hand to talk about bicycle-friendly projects that are currently in the works. In addition to a fun ride and great food, this event is a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about Bike Friendly Kingston’s work and how  can help support the group’s mission to make Kingston the best city in the Hudson Valley for bicycling.

Parking is available at Dietz Stadium in uptown Kingston and in the municipal lot near Gallo Park in the Rondout. Participants should plan to bike back to Uptown after the conclusion of the event (about 2 miles each way), or should park downtown and ride to the start location in Uptown before the event begins at 5pm.

For more information, visit the Bike-Friendly Kingston page on Facebook. Note that tickets are limited and are expected to sell out quickly. Participants are required to bring a helmet. Bike locks and flashlights are suggested.

About Bike-Friendly Kingston – Bike-Friendly Kingston is a place for people who care about bicycling in and around Kingston, NY to connect, network, and communicate. Through our Facebook group , we share about bicycling resources, adventures, and efforts to improve the bicycling facilities and experiences in and near Kingston. We meet in real life, currently once a month, either at Keegan Ales or the Everett Hodge Center; check Events or the group Wall for more info.