The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee Organizes Clean-Up of Kingston Link Trail on April 21st, 2012.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE KINGSTON LINK TRAIL CLEAN-SWEEP EVENT!

The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee organizes cleanup of the Kingston Link Trail as part of Kingston Clean Sweep presented by the Friends of Historic Kingston and Kingston Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday, April 21st 2012 at 9:00am. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Super 8 Motel Parking Lot located at 487 Washington Avenue in Kingston at 8:30am to sign-in.

Kingston – The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee with support from Ulster Savings Bank, the Holiday Inn and Super 8 Motel and sponsored by Central Hudson Gas and Electric and P & T Surplus of Kingston will participate in the 3rd annual Kingston Clean-Sweep, an event created by Friends of Historic Kingston and the City of Kingston’s Park and Recreation Department on Saturday, April 21st 2012. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:30am for sign-up to begin trail work by 9:00am. Volunteers are invited to help clear the “Kingston Link Trail”, a section of the old O&W rail bed beginning at the Super 8 Motel at 487 Washington Avenue in Uptown Kingston, NY.

Volunteers should come prepared wearing boots (since there are wet areas), gloves, bug and tick guard and long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Participants are encouraged to bring their own shovels, loppers and rakes from home. The work will involve cutting and moving brush and general trash.

“The Kingston Link Rail Trail” is part of the Ontario & Western or (O&W) which was in operation from 1868-1957 and ran from Oswego on Lake Ontario to New York City, with spurs to Utica, Kingston, Port Jervis, and Scranton, PA. The branch to Kingston opened in 1901 and served as a transportation successor to the D&H Canal carrying coal and agricultural products until closing in bankruptcy in 1957 after which the tracks were removed. Sections of the O&W Right of Way especially in Hurley and Marbletown serve an important community recreational purpose. Today, the Kingston Link rail bed in Kingston and Ulster serves as a functional but unofficial ‘rail trail’ that allows a grassy passageway from Uptown Kingston to the Hurley Rail Trail.

Following the clean-up, all are invited to the Holiday Inn which is located near the rail trail entrance at 503 Washington Avenue from 12:30pm – 1:30pm for refreshments and a power point presentation by the Kingston Land Trust’s Rail Trail Committee. Participants are asked to register online by visiting http://www.forsythnaturecenter.org/ If you would like to donate tools, funding, have employees interested in volunteering or for more general information contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-5263 or kingstonlandtrust@gmail.com

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About Kingston Clean Sweep – In its third year, Kingston Clean Sweep is a program by the Friends of Historic Kingston in collaboration with the city of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department. www.fohk.org

About the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department – Led by Director Kevin Gilfeather, the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department oversees Kingston’s park system and organizes many programs for residents and tourists that include boating, kayaking, youth, adult and senior programs, environmental education, adult sports and more. www.kingston-ny.gov

About the Kingston Land Trust and the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee- The Kingston Land Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas, and forests in the City of Kingston and the surrounding region to include the Town of Ulster and the Town of Kingston. The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail committee is dedicated to planning, development, utilization, and proper maintenance of rail trails and other non-motorized linkages in the City of Kingston. www.kingstonlandtrust.org

About Ulster Savings Bank – Ulster Savings Bank is a locally owned and operated bank, with locations throughout the Hudson Valley. Every year, Ulster Savings Bank supports hundreds of local organizations throughout our community, close to home.

About Central Hudson Gas and Electric – CH Energy Group has a long-standing tradition of good corporate citizenship and a strong commitment to environmental health and safety. The company and its employees work continually to improve the quality of life in the communities where we do business.

About the Holiday Inn, Kingston – With more than 4,400 properties located in over 100 countries, IHG has some of the best-known hotel brands in the world. From our iconic family hotel, Holiday Inn, to Crowne Plaza, The Place to Meet for business, IHG brands are some of the most respected hotels in the industry.

About Super 8 Motel, Kingston – With over 2,100 locations in the United States and Canada, we make it easy to explore super destinations from coast to coast.

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