Father’s Day Greenline Weekend Wander – 6/18

The Weekend Wander continues on Father’s Day! This is our second walk of the season. Explore the Greenline third Sundays from 10am-noon from May – October.

View facebook our event here.

Grab your father, family and friends to join us this Sunday, June 18th. Our meeting place will be at Kingston Point Park. We will be at the parking lot near the dog park. Kingston Greenline Committee Co-Chair Tim Weidemann will be leading the tour.

The route this Sunday – We will walk from Kingston Point Park to the Hudson Landing site, along North Street (past Smorgasburg). This route is being considered for the Empire State Trail as it makes it way through Kingston! Learn more about that on our walk.

After the walk it is a short way to the Smorgasburg at Hutton Brickyards.

The Kingston Greenline is an initiative of the The Kingston Land Trust in partnership with the City of Kingston and Ulster County. Check here for development status: https://kingston-ny.gov/kingstononthemove.

 

For more information contact Kingston Land Trust Executive Director Julia Farr at julia@kingstonlandtrust.org or call 845-877-5263.

View our event on Facebook.

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)

Hey LTA! You Made Our Day!

We’re pretty lucky to have a great group of supporters who pitch in towards our work in lots of ways. A quick shout-out, though, to one special partner – the Land Trust Alliance! LTA is a national association of land trusts and other conservation organizations, and here in New York they work with the Department of Environmental Conservation to administer a special grant program called the New York State Conservation Partnership Program.

Over the past five years, the Kingston Land Trust is proud to have won support through this program several times. Back in 2011, we received our first grant to support the Kingston Rail Trail project, the earliest precursor to the Kingston Greenline. Subsequently, the LTA’s support has helped us in many ways, such as:

  • Completing surveys of the City-owned Ulster & Delaware railroad corridor, to prepare for conversion to a rail trail;
  • Engaging the entire Kingston community in a visioning process that established the conceptual plan for the Kingston Greenline;
  • Enabling us to hire a consultant to complete the KLT’s first-ever strategic plan, and to develop a management plan that will guide our work to assist the City with maintenance and operations of the Kingston Greenline.

This year, LTA’s support will allow the KLT to hire a consultant to help with our ongoing communications and engagement efforts, which are a critical part of how we work to achieve our mission to activate Kingston’s public places. Over the next year, we’ll upgrade our web sites (www.kingstonlandtrust.org and www.kingstongreenline.org), redevelop the KLT brand, and spread the word about our work across a range of media.

Why is communicating and engaging so important? The LTA gets it – in order for us to be successful, we need people to understand the mission we’re pursuing. We need to advocate and educate our community about the benefits of active open spaces in a small city like Kingston – they contribute to a healthier, happier and wealthier community!

While we’re thrilled to have LTA’s support, we still need you, too! To do our daily work on the Kingston Greenline, in urban agriculture, or in protecting important open spaces in and around Kingston, we need volunteers and donors. And all of our grants require matching funds, for which we rely on individual contributors. So pitch in today, if you can!

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Weekend Wander – July Edition

Join us for the 4th edition of this season’s Weekend Wander series! In this Wander, we’ll be exploring the Rondout section of the Kingston Greenline rail trail which includes the future Kingston Point segment. #KLTWander #WeekendWander

WHO: Kingston Land Trust
WHAT: Weekend Wander – July Edition
WHEN: Sunday, July 17 at 9:30AM – 12:30PM
WHERE:
WHY: Hike around Kingston with local experts to talk about its exciting projects and hidden treasures right here in our backyard.

Keep checking our site for more details on future hikes. #KLTWander #WeekendWander

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Weekend Wander: Rondout Area Route

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Rail Trail Hall of Fame, Here We Come!

Walkway Over the Hudson, Hudson Valley Trail Network | Photo by Kristina Quinones. Image courtesy of RTC.

Walkway Over the Hudson, Hudson Valley Trail Network | Photo by Kristina Quinones. Image courtesy of RTC.

You might have missed it, but in January, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) announced the 2016 nominees to their Rail Trail Hall of Fame. And guess what, the Hudson Valley Trail Network is one of the candidates! Voting’s open now, so vote early and vote often! Voting Booth.

Now, we know that our work in Kingston is just getting started, but we have proud partners to our south who are piecing together a fabulous start on this regional trail system. If you haven’t already, make a trip to ride the contiguous trail from Hopewell Junction (Dutchess County) to Tony Williams Park in the Town of Lloyd (Ulster County), a distance of nearly 18 miles! It starts out as the Dutchess Rail Trail, and after 13 miles, connects to the Walkway Over the Hudson. Moving west from the Walkway, you’re on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail for another 4 miles.

Plans are in the works to continue the Hudson Valley Rail Trail towards a connection with New Paltz. We can imagine the day (not too far off, we hope) when you could continue to New Paltz, then up the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail to Kingston, then via the Kingston Greenline either to the Hudson River at Kingston Point, to the Rondout Valley via the O&W Rail Trail or up to the Catskills on the Ashokan Rail Trail!

Your support will help us get there!

Weekend Wander – June Edition

Join us for the 3rd edition of this season’s Weekend Wander series! In this Wander, we’ll be exploring the Rondout section of the Kingston Greenline rail trail which includes the future Kingston Point segment.

WHO: Kingston Land Trust
WHAT: Weekend Wander – June Edition
WHEN: Saturday, June 18 at 9:30AM – 12:30PM
WHERE: Kingston Wine Co:

WHY: Hike around Kingston with local experts to talk about its exciting projects and hidden treasures right here in our backyard.

Keep checking our site for more details on future hikes. #KLTWANDER

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An Old Route Offers a Fresh Vision

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Captive in our cars, we know a place by its roads. On foot or bike, we still adhere to the predictable up-and-down, stop-and-turn rhythm of our progress over the pavement. The mile-and-a-half Kingston Greenline rail trail, not yet paved but, with the ties and most of the rails removed, easily traversed, offers a radically different perspective, which awakens your senses like a tonic. Hike down the road embankment from the parking area off Delaware Avenue onto the grassy path and you’ll be at the stone entrance of the Hasbrouck Avenue Tunnel. Built in 1870, it’s a Victorian-era industrial artifact of arched brick, dark, damp and spooky. In the other direction, you pass over a modern steel 9W overpass high above the roaring traffic. With graffiti adorning its paneled sides, it’s an impromptu gallery of art, immersed in space and light.

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A girl, her dog, the trail, our town

Dana at entrance to trail

Kingston Point Park and Kingston Beach are two of my favorite parts of living in the Rondout neighborhood in downtown Kingston. The improved Kingston Point section of the Kingston Greenline trail that runs along the tracks has now been extended from Kingston Point Park, and reaches all the way to East Strand by Gill Street.

I love riding my bike down East Strand & hopping onto the Greenline trail along the tracks to watch the sun set at the beach. The Hudson river is beautiful & represents so much in New York State’s history. I feel lucky to live in a city with access to this beautiful body of water.

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Meet, Sweep, and Eat (or Drink!)

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Tuesday, April 26, 6:30pm – 8pm
Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran. Map it.
22 Livingston St, Kingston, NY 12401

A monthly scheduled walk along the future Kingston Point Rail Trail to conduct routine monitoring. We start at the back of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and walk down to East Strand. At the end, we’ll seek out food and drink at one of several great downtown establishments.

NOTE: Wear sturdy boots and long pants. In the event of rain or other bad weather, we’ll cancel and continue next month.

Hey Mr. Mayor… An interview with Steve Noble

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Kingston Mayor Steve Noble with his wife Julie and their son Matthew.

The new year brings on a lot of changes. A new season, new diets, gym memberships and maybe a new job… Well, definitely a new job for Kingston’s new mayor, Steve Noble. With almost 2 months under his political belt, we had the chance to sit down and talk all things Kingston and greenspaces with our exciting new Mr. Mayor.

What inspired you to run for mayor?
I found myself saying that “I wish” the city could do this or that “ I hoped” the city would get this done and I realized, that while I was already working for City Government, I still was somewhat on the sidelines and that instead of waiting for the changes that I believe the community wanted, I should jump into the mix and take more of a leadership role.

I also have a five year old son, and I want his childhood to be as good as mine was, and I want him to be able to live here when he is older, so we need a thriving, sustainable community for that to happen, and I hope I can help move us that direction.

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