Trail projects move forward with grants

The Friends of the Albany County Rail Trail (FORT), a former Healthy Trails Healthy People (HTHP) community, have received a $10,000 grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway. The funds will be used to develop a comprehensive graphic communication system to be used for the production of educational and interpretive materials including trail signs, points of historical or environmental interest, kiosks, and maps as well as other amenities for the enhancement of the Albany County Rail Trail. FORT was also the recipient for a $2500 grant from the Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club, a capital region not for profit dedicated to promoting the sport of distance running through education and training to promote running as a part of a healthy lifestyle, promoting personal fitness and community through organizing and managing running events.

The Kingston Land Trust, a current HTHP community, was also the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway. The grant money, used in conjunction with an additional $10,000 in community development block grant funds will be used to develop a trail plan for a 1.5-mile stretch of rail that the land trust is working to develop into rail trail to connect downtown Kingston with the waterfront. The Land Trust was also awarded a technical assistance grant by the National Parks Service’s Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance program.

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