2/23 Broadway Streetscape Public Meeting

Join Kingston Mayor Steve Noble as he unveils the preliminary designs for the Broadway Streetscape Project. This project will reconstruct Broadway from St. James St. to Grand St. It will improve safety and traffic flow for motorists, pedestrians, transit users and bicyclists and aims to revitalize the corridor.

WHO: City of Kingston and Mayor Steve Noble
WHAT: Broadway Streetscape Public Meeting
WHEN: Thurs, 2/23/1710am-12pm or 6pm-8pm
The sessions will contain the same presentations

WHERE: Kingston City Hall:
420 Broadway

WHY: Gain insight and ask questions about the Broadway Streetscape Project!

Everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to review the preliminary designs and address any questions or concerns directly to the project representatives. Click here for more info!

The Broadway Streetscape Project is a segment of the Kingston Greenline, a special project of The Kingston Land Trust in partnership with the City of Kingston.

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#friendraisers

Having a great time at our final 2016 Gather at The Beverly!

MARCH – IT’S TIME TO GATHER!

This year, we’re holding four Gathers – March, May, August and November – and they’re always a great time! Date, time and place are still being firmed up for our first KLT Gather of 2017 so we’ll follow up with details soon. We hope you’ll come on out and have some fun with us!

Gathers are held at local restaurants/bars and are open to the public. They’re a great way to find out more about what we do. We’re grateful for any donations that come to us at these social gatherings… We call them friend-raisers because you’ll meet some really great new people, reconnect with friends, and get to know Kingston’s community leaders.

If you own a venue, and you’d like to host a Gather, we’d love to hear from you. We attract a really nice crowd of people of all ages. People order from your regular menu and Gathers are a wonderful way to expand your clientele in exchange for the generosity of offering your space and a contribution (normally 10% of your bar register).

Kingston Mayor Steve Noble with Andi Turco-Levin (KLT Board Chair) and Kevin McEvoy (KLT Board member)

Tim Weidemann (KLT advisor) and Kristen Wilson (KLT Board member)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WE APPRECIATE OUR DONORS

In December, we held our annual Donor Appreciation event at the beautiful Shadow Lawn in High Falls, and it was, once again, a very special way to celebrate the end of another year. These festive social occasions allow us to deepen our relationships with people who are already supportive of our work and to thank them for their generosity. Over the past couple of years, these events have attracted three new Board members and numerous volunteers who have joined our committees. At our invitation-only event this year, a new KLT supporter contributed an in-kind donation of office space and conference room facilities for a year.

David Cavallero has been a Board member for two years and is active on the KLT Events Committee. He and his partner, Dan Giessinger, own Shadow Lawn, which is normally reserved for weddings and special occasions – so they know how to throw a great party! “It’s a really fun evening, and especially enjoyable to share it with so many people with shared values,” says Cavallero. “This year, we made a decision to forego having a formal presentation like we did in 2015 and instead, set up tables around the room with materials about the work of the Kingston Land Trust so people could browse at their leisure. It was much more social and festive – and the food was awesome. We also held it at an earlier time so everyone could accept invitations to other holiday parties that evening.”

Volunteers helping to keep the trail clean and beautiful.

Clean Sweep… A great group of volunteers getting the job done.

CONTRIBUTIONS ACCEPTED, ANYTIME

As a small non-profit organization, we especially appreciate contributions for general operating support. Nearly all of our grants are dedicated to restricted uses, and we also need to raise matching funds for some funding sources, so please keep us in mind when you’re making your decisions about organizations to support.

2017 is already shaping up to be a very exciting, fast-moving year for us. This time of year, we’re planning and strategizing but it will be spring before long and that means trail clean up and tilling the soil at South Pine Street Farm. We anticipate another banner year of delicious crops, and hope to host a summer event there so you can have a taste and take a look.

We hope you’ll become a friend of the Kingston Land Trust and make a donation today. It’s easy and you can send a one-time contribution or commit to a recurring monthly donation.

You can be a Protector ($25), a Connector ($50), an Activator ($100), a Sustainer ($250) or contribute any other amount. And, if you are interested in becoming a Corporate Sponsor, we’d be happy to discuss the how you can contribute to our work in exchange for publicity as one of our corporate supporters.

Thank you for all you do to support the Kingston Land Trust. We look forward to seeing you in March at our first Gather of 2017!

Debra Bresnan joined the KLT Board of Directors in April 2014, and is active on the Fundraising Committee. She’s a self-employed writer and editor who loves listening to live music, taking photographs, walking along the Rondout Promenade, gardening and traveling when she’s not fascinated by her computer screen.

Kingston On The Move

Kingston Greenline project status as of August 2017.

Kingston Greenline project status as of August 2017.

The seeds were sown for the Kingston Greenline in 2013 when the Kingston Land Trust commissioned the Kingston Point Rail Trail Feasibility Study with support of the City of Kingston and the Hudson River Valley Greenway. This study described the options for a trail from Jansen Avenue to Kingston Point Park. Not long after in 2014, the KLT commissioned another plan, the Kingston Greenline Conceptual Plan again with support of the City of Kingston and the Land Trust Alliance. This plan outlines the concept of a rail trail hub for the county and the region in the City of Kingston. The idea of the Kingston Greenline has captured the hearts and the minds of many Kingstonians and people in the region, and the City of Kingston and Ulster County have secured funding to make pieces of it a reality. Just recently at the State of the State Address, we learned that parts of the Kingston Greenline will be part of the Governor’s Empire State Trail Plan.

But how do all the sections of the Greenline fit together and what will happen when? Folks who have been involved since the beginning are patiently (or impatiently) awaiting the construction of the first section. How can project managers clearly communicate the progress of the construction projects and what the public can expect when?

Enter the new City of Kingston’s “Kingston On The Move” webpage where you can find a great new project map and status updates for each of the sections of the Kingston Greenline. Getting a project from concept to funding to construction is no easy task. Several of the projects have multiple funders, each with their own administrative requirements and timelines. And some of the projects still need more funding, so while managing existing funds project managers continue to seek new funders and partners. In my first year as the grants manager at the City, I have discovered that managing these projects is like being at a contra dance where you change hands with new partners and often come back to your original partners too. And somehow someone has to keep the end goal in mind, a symphony of movement forward to create something beautiful and to also enjoy ourselves along the way. To communicate about all the interactions that happen along the way would be impossible, but our new website aims to communicate the essence of how and when we are moving these projects forward. It also aims to bring a new level of transparency about project status to the public.

Kingston’s Mayor Steve Noble delivering his State of the City speech on January 10, 2017

Kingston On The Move is this administration’s new vision for transportation that Mayor Steve Noble unveiled at the State of the City Address on January 10th, 2017. In the past the City has not had a comprehensive vision and action plan for improving transportation to guide the maintenance, development, and build out of our transportation system. We’ve had lots of great new and current projects such as the Safe Routes to School project, the Greenkill Bridge, the Uptown Parking Lots, and all the Kingston Greenline projects, but how do these fit into a long-term vision for a better transportation system in Kingston? City staff are working with a strategic transportation planning sub-committee of the Complete Streets Advisory Council, to create this vision and a three-year prioritized action plan to guide our system’s development.  On the City webpage, within the next quarter, you’ll find an inventory of all the transportation-related plans and the City’s action plan. This group and the City will continually be looking at how we can make transportation stress-free, safe, and seamless from walking and biking to a bus to your motor vehicle. The Kingston Greenline is a significant piece of this puzzle, the spine for the future non-motorized sections of our transportation system.

So check out our new Kingston Greenline Project Status Map and the City’s Kingston On The Move website. Dig in and learn how we are moving forward. If you have a question about one of the projects or feel the project status updates are missing information, contact me at 845-334-3962 or kwilson@kingston-ny.gov or the project managers listed on the website. And remember, there are so many ways you can get involved in transportation planning. Maybe join the Kingston Land Trust Kingston Greenline Committee, the Complete Streets Advisory Council, or one of our other partners such as Bike Friendly Kingston. Or attend public meetings that will be held by the City about one of the specific projects. Together we can create a great system that works for all and have some fun dancing along the way.

For more information on the progress of the Kingston Greenline, be sure to check out the Kingston On The Move site.

FALL FEAST’ivities: S. Pine Street City Farm Stand

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There’s a lot of autumn entertaining and feasting to get on with this season, and the South Pine Street City Farm Stand is ready to supply you with fresh, naturally grown herbs and vegetables (using organic soil and seeds with no pesticides) to make all your fall dishes divine. Located at 27 S. Pine St in Kingston (map it), the stand’s hours are 3PM – 6PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays… Now through November 23rd!

Farmers Trish Hawkins and Joel Zenie would like to share with you this letter they recently penned to some local flora and fauna:

Dear Dr. Kale, the Collards, and Miss Mustard Greens,

Thank you, loyal friends. You’ve been with us from the start and now, it being Fall, you’ve caught some beneficial chill and will provide your good green leaves to human customers until our season’s end.

Dear Human Friends, come one come all to get your healthy Autumn greens (and root crops) at the Farm. We’ll be open Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 3 to 6 pm until November 23.

Hearty thanks to all,
Trish and Joel

P.S. Don’t come if there’s a blizzard! In any case, we’ll reunite in Spring.

Trish and a carrot

Trish and a carrot

peppered in deliciousness

peppered in deliciousness

garden chard

horseradish root

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The Stand’s fall harvest consists of: kale, collards, mustard greens, arugula, dill, cilantro, parsley, horseradish root, lettuce, turnips and carrots.

Gather at The Beverly Lounge

Join us for our annual Autumn Gather! Learn about what the Kingston Land Trust has accomplished this past year and our plans for what’s ahead in 2017.

WHO: Kingston Land Trust
WHAT: Gather at The Beverly
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov 15 at 7PM – 9PM
WHERE:
WHY: Mingle, Mix & Celebrate the Kingston Land Trust!

Now that the busy summer and fall seasons have winded down, it’s time to join the Kingston Land Trust crew at The Beverly Lounge to mix, mingle and celebrate. Get the latest scoop on the Kingston Greenline and Rail Trails, Weekend Wanders, Urban Trail Rangers, Urban Agriculture and so much more! Free admission, cash bar.

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
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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)

An Interview with Matt Allen of Saratoga Associates

We’ve been waiting in anticipation for the Kingston Point Rail Trail to become a reality. It’s been shrouded in some mystery…but no longer. It’s happening, and soon! We were so excited to chat with Matthew Allen from Saratoga Associates, the firm tasked with designing the Kingston Point Rail Trail – one part of the overall Kingston Greenline – to find out all the important details about his firm and this great new addition to our lovely city of Kingston… Go Kingston Greenline!

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Hasbrouck at Delaware Trail Node Design

Tell us about your team – who’s involved in a project like this, and what do they do?
The project team is led by Saratoga Associates (“Saratoga”), a multi-disciplinary professional firm with four decades of experience in providing landscape architectural, architectural, planning, and engineering services throughout the Northeast. Our firm employs best management practices for sustainable design for a variety of urban project types including transit oriented development, complete streets, pedestrian and bicycle greenways, and downtown development. Saratoga Associates’ Principal-in-Charge of the this project, Matthew Allen, authored the successful Economic Development (Empire) Zone application for the City of Kingston two decades ago, and more recently provided concept design for AVR Realty’s Hudson Landing waterfront promenade.

KC Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C. (“KC”), a certified Disadvantaged and Minority Business Enterprise (D/MBE), assisted the team with land surveying, civil engineering, and regulatory compliance. Poughkeepsie-based KC is a diversified, multi-disciplined consulting engineering firm providing comprehensive engineering and surveying services including civil, structural, geotechnical, traffic and transportation engineering, and complete survey and right-of-way mapping. KC’s Project Manager, Nancy Clark, PE, is an Ulster County resident who has been actively involved in planning and preparation activities for the Kingston Point Rail Trail (KRPT).

Hone Strategic, LLC (“Hone”) served as the team’s liaison with City officials and community stakeholders, as well as providing valuable background and insight into the existing conditions and integration of the City’s various plans in connection with the KPRT project. Hone, a local business based in Kingston’s historic Rondout District, specializes in urban planning, adaptive reuse, and facilitation of community outreach and participation. Hone’s principal, Jennifer Schwartz Berky, specializes in a variety of community planning projects including a wide range of successful projects, such as the adaptive reuse of many types of structures, historic waterfront community planning, commercial district revitalization, infrastructure and site planning and development, and several major grant awards for capital projects.

Please take a moment to explain the Kingston Greenline project you’re working on?
In recent years, the City of Kingston has enthusiastically pursued a vision of a connected community. These efforts have resulted in several State and Federal grants for the Kingston Connectivity Project (KCP), which envisions an interconnected, multi-modal cityscape with Complete Streets and the Greenline – a network of trails on repurposed rail beds, bike paths, complete streets, and linear parks converging in Midtown Kingston as a hub of an extensive regional trails system.

The City government has undertaken a number of initiatives, including the KCP, to support Kingston’s social, environmental, and economic fabric through strategic initiatives and partnerships in business, arts, education and technology. The development of connectivity through trails and Complete Streets and is a critical aspect of livability, public health and “complete communities.”

The Kingston Connectivity Project is an important implementation phase of the larger Greenline plan. The KCP provides a shared road bikeway and dedicated rail trail connecting Midtown Kingston with the Rondout and Kingston Point waterfront. The key component of the KCP is the construction of the long planned Kingston Point Rail Trail. The Kingston Point Rail Trail will be the first trail to be implemented in the Greenline network and represents a significant opportunity to become a model for connectivity for trails and streets throughout the city.

What’s the most exciting part of the project?
The best part of participating in the Kingston Connectivity Project is that it will be constructed in the very near future. So often our work falls into the category of long range planning. While we are always excited to design for a more livable community, it is particularly rewarding to work on projects that we can bring our families and friends to immediately. I very much look forward to bringing my bike to Kingston to ride along the path our team helped create.

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Jansen Avenue Trailhead Design

Are there any other linear park projects in existence that are inspiring your designs for the Kingston Greenline?
The design for the Kingston Point Rail Trail and shared road system draws off of the best characteristics of a number of urban bikeways. There is really no single project that is used as a model. The focus of the design was creating trailheads and park nodes along the pathway that serve as gateways into the trail system and double as public gathering places and neighborhood scale parks along the way. Street furnishings, amenities and signage reflect the historic characteristics of the City and remain consistent with the best aspects of recent streetscape and park improvements in the City.

What is the most significant planning issue currently facing the Kingston Greenline? What is the solution?
The Kingston Connectivity Project was funded through a grant awarded by The NYS Department of State. This grant allows for design and construction of this component of the multi-phase Greenline program. The challenge going forward is for the City to continue to pursue additional public and private grants to build upon the success of this first phase. Fortunately, the Kingston Greenline Conceptual Plan represents a significant investment in multi-modal community planning. Combined with implementation of the Kingston Connectivity Project the City is well positioned to compete successfully for additional grant-based funding sources.

In addition, the City recognizes that one of the most challenging planning issues is the connection of the Greenline on streets in a way that maintains the continuity and brandings of the trail design, is safe, and meets the needs of all street users.

What do you think the biggest challenge will be when it comes to building it?
The Kingston Point Rail Trail had a couple if interesting engineering challenges. The 250-foot long Hasbrouck Avenue tunnel is a unique structure in rail trail design. While structurally sound, the dark tunnel needed to be improved so that users would feel safe passing through this confined corridor. To minimize the tunnel length the ceiling will be removed for a 50 foot long section at the east end, opening the corridor to daylight. A lighting system has also been designed that will illuminate the tunnel and provide direct visibility across its length. The lighting design uses decorative light fixtures that project consistent down lighting. The lighting system will also project upward to create patterns of shade and light on the tunnel’s historic stone walls and barrel vault ceiling. The tunnel also required an engineered paving system and surface flow drainage that will keep the trail dry, even during heavy precipitation.

The current rail bed also includes three abandoned historic steel trestles adjacent to the Rondout Gardens Apartments. We were able to include renovation of two of the three bridges by engineering a new timber deck and railings. However, engineers determined that the third bridge as highly deteriorated and unsafe for trail use. For this reason, the trail will divert for now after the second trestle and ramp back down to street level. The City is planning to work with Saratoga Associates more on the final design to extend the trail past the third trestle so that the trail can continue to its next destination at the Trolley Museum. The next challenge will be connecting the trail from the Trolley Museum out to Kingston Point.

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Rondout Gardens Trailhead Design

Will you be collaborating with any local designers or artists on the project? Explain?
Saratoga Associates provided bike rack design specs to the O+Festival, which is facilitating an O+ Bike Rack Art Competition for the 2016 Festival.  The O+Festival was funded by an American Planning Association grant managed by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County through the Live Well Kingston coalition to develop the competition. The 2016 competition will be for the “Cornell Street Bike Rack.” Saratoga is incorporating locations for the bike racks into the street design. When O+ announces the winning bike rack, it will hopefully be produced locally and installed on Cornell Street, which is part of the Complete Streets hub of the Kingston Greenline.

Are there ways in which your design reflects the natural and cultural history of Kingston?
The design incorporates street furnishings including light fixtures, bollards, kiosks and signage that draw from the historic vernacular of the City. Opportunities exist to install interpretive stations along the trail route that highlight Kingston’s unique natural history and cultural heritage. The City will be working with the Trolley Museum of New York on the final design of the Trolley Trailhead. The Trolley Museum has expressed interest to incorporate kiosks for interpretation to include the story of public transit in Kingston.

How do you see the Greenline project affecting Kingston’s growth?
Kingston’s historic rail lines offer an extraordinary adaptive reuse opportunity for the community. The design and implementation of a trail network connecting residents and visitors to the Hudson River waterfront will raise the city’s profile as a livable, walkable community and a vibrant destination.

Not only do trails provide connections, they also become the lifeblood of communities. Each place where they intersect streets, nodes, and public spaces, they become opportunities for transformation, landscape restoration, and economic development.

What is your design approach for the various trailheads? Are they each unique or do they share some cohesive elements?
The Kingston Point Rail Trail includes trailheads at the Jansen/East Chester and Rondout Gardens access points. The trailheads are designed as small park nodes that highlight the trail gateway and double as public gathering places and neighborhood scale parks along the way. A small pocket park is also included where the rail trail crosses Delaware Avenue and Murray Street. This park takes advantage of a triangle shaped parcel at the intersection offering a mid-trail rest spot. Each trailhead/park uses the same design elements including pavers, lighting benches, bollards, kiosks and signage to maintain consistency throughout the corridor. These trailheads will not be built with the initial phase of construction, but the City will continue to seek funding to complete the trailheads. They recently submitted a Consolidated Funding Application for construction of the trailheads.

What comes next? What can people expect as the project continues
We expect that the plans for the Kingston Point Rail Trail will go out to bid this fall or early spring 2017. The City has created a new partnership with the Trolley Museum of New York. This partnership is essential to eventually extending the trail from its current planned terminus at Rondout Gardens all the way to the Trolley Museum and East Strand Street. From here it is an easy connection to the recently constructed pedestrian path along the trolley route to Kingston Point.

Over the longer term, the City, along with its community partners, will continue to pursue grant opportunities to implement other components of the Greenline Plan to progressively build the integrated and complete trail network throughout Kingston.

When Is a Trail More Than Just a Trail?

Ulster County Multi-Use Trail System Map

Ulster County’s system of multi-use trails continues to expand.

If you’ve been following the Kingston Land Trust’s work over the past three years, you’ve heard us go on about how the Kingston Greenline will be an interconnected system of trails throughout the City, right? Well, zoom out a bit on the map, and it’s easy to see that the same system that will link up all parts of the City will eventually serve as the hub for a sprawling network of trails throughout Ulster County.

On Monday, August 15th, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance are hosting a breakfast presentation titled “More Than Just a Trail: Preparing for the Potential of the Countywide Trail System,” featuring Cynthia Nikitin of the Project for Public Spaces as the keynote speaker. Among the trail groups around Ulster County, we often talk about the countywide trail system as the logical extension of our work. But what does it mean, and why is it a goal worth all of our hard work over the past decade and for the foreseeable future?

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The countywide trail system is more than just rail trails!

For the full answer, you’ll have to get your ticket and come to the breakfast! But here’s a little preview:

The Countywide Trail System is more than just a trail. All the buzz these days focuses around rail trails. And there’s good reason, since rail trails are often a community’s first glimpse at a true multi-use trail, one that’s designed to accommodate all types of active transportation and recreation uses. But Ulster County’s trail system includes more than just rail trails. From the carriage roads of Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park, to the Long Path; from the single-track mountain bike trails of Lippman Park or Jockey Hill, to the bridle paths of Coyote Ridge Stables or the Rocking Horse Ranch; from bike lanes in our downtown areas to the Shawangunk Wine Trail to scenic byways to the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail, Ulster County’s diversity and expanse of trails is…well, in a word, unparalleled.

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For rural communities, trails can help capture more tourism spending.

Trail systems are big business for small towns. We’ve all heard the mantra – service jobs are great, but manufacturing’s what really matters for economic development. Look closer, though, and there’s a problem with that mantra. How many manufacturing jobs has your small town added over the past decade? A handful, maybe? Or probably, like most communities, it’s not about how many have been added, but about how many have been lost. And the truth is that there’s no willing them back into existence. Instead, take a look at the communities along the Great Allegheny Passage in Southwestern PA. We think we’ve had it hard; these towns have been in a state of decline since…well, since they were established! Yet over the past few years, the trail has helped them reinvent themselves. In 2012, an impact study by the Trail Town Program estimated $50,000,000 in direct spending by trail visitors, which helped support a net gain of 65 new businesses from 2007 – 2015. In 2014, businesses along the trail attributed 40% of their annual sales to traffic from the trail.

George Inness, Catskill Mountains, 1870.

George Inness, Catskill Mountains, 1870. From the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ulster County’s got the raw materials; now it’s up to us to make the most of them. There are some pretty spectacular trails and trail systems out there, for sure. But if we put our minds to it, nothing can compete with Ulster County. Consider this: Ulster County lies within a four hour drive of over 40 million people, and less than two hours from three major international airports. Ulster County has a rich history drawing from its early settlement by Dutch colonists and, prior to that, its importance as a center of trade for the Lenape tribes. Ulster County has a world-wide reputation as home to many of the Hudson River School painters and as the epicenter of the hippie movement that emerged after the Woodstock Festival. Ulster County has over 250,000 acres of forever-wild forest and dozens of scenic rivers and lakes. Kingston, the County seat, was the original capital of New York State and the birthplace of the state’s constitution. Ulster County has one of the world’s best rock climbing areas, the Shawangunk Ridge, and a mecca for fly fishing. Plus renowned galleries, world-class eateries, great antiquing, year-round festivals, skiing, and (soon) rail biking.

Phew! What’s all that got to do with trails, you ask? Well, the answer is simple: we’re building more than just a trail. We’re building the Ulster County experience. In the end, we think that’s where all these trails will lead. Join us on August 15th to see for yourself how a trail can be more than just a trail.

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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 is a wonder

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Hosted by the Kingston Land Trust, the Weekend Wander is an amazing series of monthly walks in and around Kingston. Local experts are invited to talk about the KLT’s exciting projects and all the hidden treasures right here in our backyard. It’s must-do series and as a KLT board member, I was thrilled to attend the most recent June edition. Enjoy my recap below and make sure to join us in July for the next Weekend Wander, scheduled for Sunday, July 17th where we’ll be exploring more of the Rondout section of the Kingston Greenline. Join us! #kltwander #weekendwander

It was a near perfect day for the third installment of the Weekend Wander Series. We met Saturday morning at the Kingston Wine Co. on the Rondout under a sunny and clear blue sky with an out-sized amount of passion for the Kingston Greenline, the Kingston Land Trust and the vitality of Kingston in general that was immediately apparent in the group.

After some introductions KLT’s advisor, Tim Weidemann kicked off the event with a very insightful overview of the future of the Kingston Greenline. We were then on our way up Broadway towards Rondout Savings to walk the Kingston Point Line. The Greenline conversation continued on the way up the hill with very lively discussion between some longtime residents, newcomers and everyone else in between.

It was easy to visualize the concepts we had been discussing coming together when we arrived at the trail head. Tim took a few minutes to share how the trail got to this stage of development and we headed down the trail to the train tunnel. It was a little muddy to cross through, so we headed topside and took the 9W train bridge (which, it was noted, would make a great art installation) to the proposed Delaware Ave. crossing and back down to the trail.

Stepping off of Delaware and into the wooded area of the trail was a magical transformation. From the busy 9W ramps and deafening traffic we stepped into another world. The noise was gone, birds were singing, the air was fresh and you could smell the wildflowers in the breeze. It was wonderful to be able to experience a natural space like that in the middle of the city.

It was then back to the Rondout and the official end of the Wander. Taking advantage of the gorgeous weather, most of us continued on to the Trolley section of the trail to Kingston Point Park. As we rounded the curve a full size barge floated past the Rondout Creek Lighthouse in a surreal image that didn’t seem like it should be possible. There was a short break in the shade to enjoy the waterfront and share some stories before doing a quick exploration of the park. It was a fantastic ending to an excellent experience enjoyed immensely by everyone.

Click here for more info on future Weekend Wanders. #kltwander #weekendwander

Kingston Lighthouse

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Delaware Ave Tunnel

Weekend Wanderers

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Scott is a mechanical design engineer, 10 year Kingston resident and Kingston Land Trust board member who enjoys everything the area has to offer more each day.

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