REALTORS for Clean Trails: May 9th Cleanup Day with the Ulster County Board of REALTORS

Kingston, NY – Saturday May 9 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM the Ulster County Board of REALTORS® has organized a county-wide day of service, dubbed “REALTORS® for Clean Trails.”  Volunteers will work on trail clean-up projects at several sites throughout Ulster County. Work will include parts of the Walkill Valley Rail Trail, the Kingston Greenline, Hudson Valley Rail Trail, and the O&W Rail Trail.

In Ulster County, an exciting meeting-of-the-minds is taking place as REALTORS® and land conservation and trail groups are working together to support the expansion of the county’s growing network of rail trails. The partnership, which has flourished since receiving a nationally-competitive grant in 2014, is based on a shared vision of a more walkable and bike-able community which, according to recent studies, boosts real estate values, spurs private investment, and improves residents’ physical and mental health. Rail trails not only preserve open space and provide great recreational opportunities, they also improve communities and raise home values.

“What we’re doing here is pretty unusual,” explains Andi Turco-Levin, who heads up the Kingston Land Trust’s board of directors and is the current president of the Ulster County Board of REALTORS®. “People often think of trails as nice recreational amenities, but we’re putting them front-and-center as a part of our efforts to strengthen property values, catalyze real estate development, and better connect our community,” Levin adds.

“There’s a turning point here, as Ulster County’s individual rail trails link up to form something entirely new, a new kind of infrastructure,” explains Tim Weidemann, the co-chair of the Kingston Land Trust’s Rail Trail Committee. “We’re creating a modern, active transportation network, which has the power to really transform our communities in positive ways over the next decade,” Weidemann continues, “and we’re succeeding because people of all stripes understand that this is what our community needs in order to continue to be attractive.”

Volunteers can pick a worksite from multiple locations throughout Ulster County, including the Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY 12401. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up today by calling the UCBR office at 338-5299 or emailing event chair Nan Potter at NanPotter66@gmail.com.

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