Sunday Hikes are Back!

Gathering at Kingston Wine Co after our Sunday Hike on the Kingston Greenline.

Gathering at Kingston Wine Co after our Sunday Hike on the Kingston Greenline.

Bundled up against a brisk March morning, over forty brave hikers gathered at the Kingston Wine Co. on Sunday, March 22nd for the first Greenline event of 2015! In a new format that will continue for the rest of the season, our usual guide, Tim Weidemann, was joined by two guest tour leaders. This time, Robin Guenther and Sarah Christensen of the firm Perkins+Will, which is engaged by the City to complete a visioning and scoping process along the Rondout and Hudson waterfronts, led the walk and explained the Brownfield Opportunity Area study to hikers.

The study, which is divided into several sub-projects, is now in a phase known technically as “Step 3.” “During this step,” explained Guenther, “the City is gathering input from residents to create a vision for how the area  might be developed over the next decade or more.” At the same time, the Perkins+Will team is preparing a Generic Environmental Impact Statement, which will provide the first step in the process for developers who seek to implement projects that are consistent with the envisioned development.

The vision that’s emerging based on input received so far includes a wide range of desired development projects, such as a boutique “eco-tourist” hotel, improved access to Island Dock, floating waterfront development, the continuation of the waterfront promenade all the way to North Street and many others. A report with maps is available at the City of Kingston’s Economic Development page (select the Hudson Riverport topic), and comments on the vision are being accepted through the summer months.

The Sunday Hikes continue on April 19th and throughout the season on the third Sunday of each month. “This year we’re enlisting a number of local experts to talk about exciting projects and hidden treasures right here in our backyard,” explains Michael Drapkin, owner of Kingston Wine Company, which co-sponsors the events with the Kingston Land Trust. “Part of what makes the Kingston Greenline so important is the way it leads people deeper into our city’s great landscape,” Drapkin adds. “We have so many places to explore, and so many little hidden treasures, all of which make Kingston a pretty exciting place to be right now.”

For more info about upcoming hikes, check back on our Kingston Greenline page, where we’ll provide periodic updates on guest tour leaders and topics and announce any changes in the schedule.


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