Kingston Point Rail Trail Clean Up

Join us this upcoming Thursday, July 31st, to remove some excess brush and debris from the future Kingston Point Rail Trail. We recommend wearing a pair of boots, gloves, and appropriate attire as we will be moving heavy bags of debris and other objects. We will be meeting at the pavilion in Rotary Park at 8 a.m and will conclude the day’s work around 1 p.m. As always we could use as much support as possible, so please reach out to either Meg Clark (meg@rondoutconsulting.com) or Tim Weidemann (tim@rondoutconsulting.com) for more information or to come and help.

Cycling the Hudson Valley

bikersBe there when over 100 cyclists ride into Forsyth Park as part of “Cycling the Hudson Valley,”  the night of July 29th. We will be there from 4 – 5:30p.m. to greet these dedicated riders before they begin their final stretch of over 100 miles till they reach their final destination, New York City! Show your support by welcoming, meeting or sharing a drink with cyclists from all around as they see what Kingston has to offer with a night out in the city.

 

Hudson River Day and upcoming meetings

Come and join the Kingston Land Trust at the Hudson River Maritime Museum this Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. as we celebrate Hudson River Day! Food, music, boats tours, and more await as the Hudson Valley gets together for its annual celebration of our historic River.

If you are interested in coming to any of our partners’ meetings in the near future, the Friends of Catskill Mountain Rail Trail are meeting Friday, July 18th, at 12:30 p.m., more information here. The Ulster County Trails Advisory Committee is also meeting this Monday, July 21st, at 7 p.m. in the Library conference room of the Ulster County Office Building on Fair Street. More information here as well.

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Rail trail author Craig Della Penna to speak at Kingston City Hall June 19

Daily Freeman article on the upcoming Craig Della Penna talk.

Author and Realtor Craig Della Penna to Present on Economic Impact of Trails

The Economic Impact of Trails: A Presentation by Craig Della Penna
Craig Della Penna, Realtor and rail trail expert, will provide a presentation on the economic impact of trails on June 19th from 5:30 – 7:00pm at Kingston City Hall
Kingston, NY – If you build a trail, people will buy real estate along it, and pay more for it. This is the direct experience of Craig Della Penna, self-described “transportation policy geek”, Realtor and author of three books on rail trails.
Mr. Della Penna will provide a keynote presentation on the economic impact of trails, how trails affect community quality of life, and trails as tourism resources. Come hear his story of success on Thursday, June 19th from 5:30pm-7:00pm at Kingston City Hall. The Kingston Land Trust will also provide a full update on the Greenline trail efforts right here in Kingston.
In addition to being a successful Realtor in Massachusetts, Mr. Della Penna is the Executive Director of Northeast Greenway Solutions where, over the past 18 years, he has been involved in the development of hundreds of miles of rail trails in the northeastern U.S. He also operates an award-winning bed and breakfast that sits 8 feet from southern New England’s oldest municipally-built trail, located in Northhampton, MA.
Mr. Della Penna notes that “being an expert on something as forgotten or mundane as an old railroad line — and bringing it back to life as a trail — means that I have scores of stories of inspirational things that people have told me about what it means to them to have the trail in the community.”
With over 1,200 lectures in 19 states, Mr. Della Penna is the country’s most in-demand speaker on the myriad issues related to trail development, especially the economic opportunities for owners of real estate along the trail, connections within the city, and the tourism opportunities provided by a rail trail.
Advance registration for this event is available at http://TrailTalks.eventbrite.org. For more information on this and other upcoming events, visit the Friends of Kingston Rail Trail’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KingstonRailTrails.
This event is being organized in partnership with the Ulster County Board of Realtors, by the Kingston Land Trust, as part of its Kingston Greenline initiative, and the Friends of the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail, a sponsored committee of the Woodstock Land Conservancy & Catskill Mountainkeeper.

Kingston Greenline Hike- May 18

Sunday May 18th
9:30 – 11:00 am
Meet at Kingston Wine Co. | 65 Broadway 


Join Kingston Land Trust’s Tim Weidemann to hike and tour the Greenline and stick around after the walk + taste something thirst-quenching.

The Kingston Land Trust and the City of Kingston are working together to transform the city’s abandoned railroad corridors into a system of linear parks, dubbed the Kingston Greenline, that would connect our neighborhoods and link to the emerging county-wide trail system that’s right at our doorstep. Learn more: http://media.wix.com/ugd/dfaa1b_fa6af17abb7641a084a7b5cb42965351.pdf

Bike Fest and Greenline Bike Tour – May 4th

May 4th – YMCA Bike Fest and Greenline Bike Tour
Bike Fest will run from 11-3 at the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster.
At 1pm the YMCA and Bike Friendly Kingston will lead a community bike-ride that will follow along the proposed route of the Kingston Greenline, from midtown to the Rondout. If you would like to register to participate in the ride, visit http://goo.gl/G4dlGz.
There will also be bike games for kids, maintenance workshops, and adult riding clinics.
Donate your old bike for a tax deduction and a chance to win a membership to the YMCA.
Bike fest is free and open to all in the community but registration for the bike rides is required!
For more information see this flier.

Clean Sweep 2014

May 3rd – Kingston Clean Sweep
On Saturday, May 3rd from 9am – noon the Kingston Land Trust is participating in the Friends of Historic Kingston and City of Kingston’s 5th annual Clean Sweep. We hope to tackle two projects: a cooperative clean-up on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, organized by the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association, and a clean-up on the future Kingston Point Rail Trail. To register as a volunteer, visit http://goo.gl/EyPdrL.