FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2019
Grand Opening Set for Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase #1
Trail to Open on September 6
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase #1 will open on September 6, 2019 with a ribbon cutting and trail tour. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the event, where Mayor Noble will officially open the trail and lead a brief tour.
The Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase #1 is a paved public path that stretches from E. Chester Street at Jansen Ave to Garraghan Drive and 9-W at Rondout Gardens. The 1.11 mile trail is currently under construction and not yet open to the public. Remaining projects, including installing a raised sidewalk across Delaware Ave, paving additional sections, finishing trailhead construction, and planting flower and shrubs, are expected to be completed by the first week in September.
Grand Opening of the KPRT Phase #1
Friday, September 6, 2019
Meet at the Jansen Ave entrance at E. Chester Street
“We are so thrilled to be opening the trail for residents and visitors to enjoy,” said Mayor Noble. “This project will bring so much to the community. Not only will it provide a safe and accessible walking and biking route from the waterfront to Midtown, the trail will improve the overall quality of life in our City by helping to promote healthier families and a stronger fellowship with our neighbors.”
The project was funded by grants from NYSERDA’s Cleaner, Greener Communities Program, OPRHP’s Heritage Area Systems Program and their Recreational Trails Program. The Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase #1 is a part of the greater Kingston Greenline, a system of trails, linear parks, and complete streets that -- when fully developed-- will connect residents and visitors to Kingston's natural, historic, cultural and commercial assets.
About the Greenline
The Kingston Greenline is part of a growing movement of investing in trails and non-motorized transportation routes that make small cities more walkable and bikeable to improve accessibility, health, and overall quality of life in our neighborhoods. The Kingston Greenline is a partnership initiative of the Kingston Land Trust, the City of Kingston, and Ulster County. The Kingston Greenline will connect to a network of rail trails and become a hub for non-motorized transportation and tourism from four different directions in the county, including the Empire State Trail.