Rail Trails Spur Economic Growth

An article in the recent Saving Land magazine, put out by the Land Trust Alliance touts how rail trails spur economic growth, specifically highlighting the Kingston Greenline and the City of Kingston, as well as other Hudson Valley trail projects. It reinforces the notion that building trail systems – not just individual trails – is the strategy that yields the greatest benefits (economic and otherwise!).

Spectacular Greenline Hike with the Kingston Wine Co

Fantastic post on the Kingston happenings blog about a recent hike on the Greenline with the Kingston Wine Co.  See link HERE.  These hikes happen every 3rd Sunday.

Rail trail author Craig Della Penna to speak at Kingston City Hall June 19

Daily Freeman article on the upcoming Craig Della Penna talk.

Author and Realtor Craig Della Penna to Present on Economic Impact of Trails

The Economic Impact of Trails: A Presentation by Craig Della Penna
Craig Della Penna, Realtor and rail trail expert, will provide a presentation on the economic impact of trails on June 19th from 5:30 – 7:00pm at Kingston City Hall
Kingston, NY – If you build a trail, people will buy real estate along it, and pay more for it. This is the direct experience of Craig Della Penna, self-described “transportation policy geek”, Realtor and author of three books on rail trails.
Mr. Della Penna will provide a keynote presentation on the economic impact of trails, how trails affect community quality of life, and trails as tourism resources. Come hear his story of success on Thursday, June 19th from 5:30pm-7:00pm at Kingston City Hall. The Kingston Land Trust will also provide a full update on the Greenline trail efforts right here in Kingston.
In addition to being a successful Realtor in Massachusetts, Mr. Della Penna is the Executive Director of Northeast Greenway Solutions where, over the past 18 years, he has been involved in the development of hundreds of miles of rail trails in the northeastern U.S. He also operates an award-winning bed and breakfast that sits 8 feet from southern New England’s oldest municipally-built trail, located in Northhampton, MA.
Mr. Della Penna notes that “being an expert on something as forgotten or mundane as an old railroad line — and bringing it back to life as a trail — means that I have scores of stories of inspirational things that people have told me about what it means to them to have the trail in the community.”
With over 1,200 lectures in 19 states, Mr. Della Penna is the country’s most in-demand speaker on the myriad issues related to trail development, especially the economic opportunities for owners of real estate along the trail, connections within the city, and the tourism opportunities provided by a rail trail.
Advance registration for this event is available at http://TrailTalks.eventbrite.org. For more information on this and other upcoming events, visit the Friends of Kingston Rail Trail’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KingstonRailTrails.
This event is being organized in partnership with the Ulster County Board of Realtors, by the Kingston Land Trust, as part of its Kingston Greenline initiative, and the Friends of the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail, a sponsored committee of the Woodstock Land Conservancy & Catskill Mountainkeeper.