Weekend Wander: Sept (BIKE) Edition

Join us for the 5th edition of this season’s Weekend Wander series… WITH YOUR BIKE! In this Wander, we’ll be riding bikes along the northern end of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail to the Rosendale Rail Trail Café and back. #KLTWander #WeekendWander

WHO: Kingston Land Trust
WHAT: Weekend Wander – August (BIKE) Edition
WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 9:30AM – 12:30PM
WHERE:
WHY: Easy Ride with epic views, lakes and caves.

A leisurely, 16 mile bike ride along the northern section of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. We’ll take a break at Williams Lake then off to the Rail Trail Café and back. Keep checking our site for more details on future hikes. #KLTWander #WeekendWander

Weekend Wander: Sept Bike Edition Route (Wallkill Valley Rail Trail)

Linear Thinking Sometimes Good For Parks

Proximity to parks in Kingston: (current)

Kingston Land Trust

What do you imagine when you think of the word “park”? Is it a green patch with benches and picnic tables? A rugged wilderness with backcountry hiking trails? Or something in-between? In-between urban and rural parks–both conceptually and physically–are linear parks. Linear parks often consist of a trail and the narrow strip of land surrounding the trail (think of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, which ends at Kingston’s doorstep). While their linearity is clear, their “park-ness” is less so. But think–a linear park has nature, trails, and points of interest like benches and bridges. A linear park IS a park, simply a different kind of park, with the added benefit of providing transportation between bigger parks (“polygon parks”?), neighborhoods, and cities.

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Trail Mix

Complete Streets

For the past few months, the Kingston Land Trust has been working on developing a sustainable framework for management of the Kingston Greenline. As part of a recurring column in the Kingston Land Trust Newsletter, we’ll be introducing some concepts that provide a base for better understanding trail management.

This month’s concept… Trail Types.

For each portion of the Kingston Greenline a Trail Type has been identified based on trail surface, extent of built infrastructure, surrounding environment, and relationship with a rail corridor or active rail line. These distinctions help determine maintenance needs, and guide planning and design decisions. Identifying trail types for different portions of the Greenline also helps determine both short- and long-term maintenance costs.

There are several Trail Types that have been identified for the Greenline, including:

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Why Do We Care About Building a Better Broadway?

Build a Better Broadway

If you read the local papers last fall, you probably noticed a healthy debate about proposed changes to the Broadway corridor in Midtown Kingston. A project called “Building a Better Broadway” has been making its way through the planning process, and with details starting to emerge it’s clear that there are lots of perspectives to consider.

You may not know that the Kingston Land Trust has been actively involved in developing the proposed design, though. “Huh,” you might say. “Why would a land trust care about the design of a busy city street and commercial corridor?” We think we have a good explanation, and we hope that in providing it, you’ll have a better sense of why the project is so important.

What’s the proposed design?

In short, the goal of the new design is to bring more people to the Broadway corridor – to shop, to dine, to attend a show, to travel, to live. Doing this means providing a “complete street” that comfortably and safely accommodates ALL users, including people walking or riding bicycles.

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