FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2023
Public Poll Winner for Broadway & Prince Greenspace is ‘Post Office Park’
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that, after a community input process, the name for the greenspace at Broadway and Prince Street chosen by the public is Post Office Park.
The City of Kingston put out an open call for name suggestions on Engage Kingston, and, once collected, the Recreation Commission was asked to narrow the 62 suggestions to 10 choices. A public poll at Engage Kingston with the top 10 names was open from October 27 to December 1, 2023. With 26% of the vote, Post Office Park was the clear favorite amongst the 10 choices. The name selection will now go to the Common Council for adoption.
“I thank the community for all their input on this process! The public chose to honor the former Kingston Post Office, which was built in 1908 and sadly torn down 60 years later,” said Mayor Noble. “The Kingston community has mourned the loss of that architectural gem ever since, so I think this new park name will be a great way to honor the lost Post Office building. The landscaping plan, by a local landscaping design firm, also pays homage to the Post Office. I’m looking forward to seeing this park flourish into a great community gathering place.”
The greenspace on either side of Prince Street at Broadway was created when the City of Kingston bought an abandoned fast-food restaurant and realigned the intersection. The Broadway Grand Intersection Realignment Project was completed in October 2022 and local landscaping design firm KaN Landscape Design was contracted to develop landscape design plans. Phase 1 of the design is expected to be constructed in 2024.
More information about the plans for Post Office Park can be found at www.engagekingston.com/post-office-park.
The Broadway Grand Intersection Realignment Project was another step in Mayor Noble’s ongoing efforts to create a safe, walkable, and bikeable City. The City recently released the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, a strategy document that builds upon completed projects that include safety features such as improved intersections, signals and sidewalks. Completed projects include the Broadway Streetscape Project, the Franklin Street Complete Streets Project, and the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Intersection Project, among many others. Current or upcoming road safety projects include the Henry Street Safe Routes to School Project, ADA curb ramp replacements across the City, Safe and Accessible Flatbush & Foxhall, the Uptown Transportation Improvements Projects, among many.
Under Mayor Noble’s administration, the Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase 1 (Phase 2 is under design) and the Midtown Linear Park have been created, both of which provide off-street paths and connections for walking and biking. The Kingston Greenline is a network of urban trails, complete streets, improved sidewalks, bike lanes, and linear parks in Kingston.