The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee with support from Ulster Savings Bank, Central Hudson Gas and Electric, the Holiday Inn and Super 8 Motel will participate in the 3rd annual Kingston Clean-Sweep sponsored by Friends of Historic Kingston and the City of Kingston’s Park and Recreation Department on Saturday, April 21st 2012 at 9:00am. Volunteers are invited to help clear the “Kingston Link Trail”, a section of the old O&W rail bed beginning at the Super 8 Motel at 487 Washington Avenue in Uptown Kingston, NY
“The Kingston Link Rail Trail” is probably better known as the Ontario & Western or “O&W” which was in operation from 1868-1957 and ran from Oswego on Lake Ontario to New York City, with spurs to Utica, Kingston, Port Jervis, and Scranton, PA. The branch to Kingston opened in 1901 and served as a transportation successor to the D&H Canal carrying coal and agricultural products until closing in bankruptcy in 1957 after which the tracks were removed. Sections of the O&W Right of Way especially in Hurley and Marbletown serve an important community recreational purpose. Today, the Kingston Link rail bed in Kingston and Ulster serves as a functional but unofficial ‘rail trail’ that allows a grassy passageway from Uptown Kingston to the Hurley Rail Trail.
Following the clean-up, all are invited to the Holiday Inn which is located near the rail trail entrance at 503 Washington Avenue from 12:30pm – 1:30pm for refreshments and a power point presentation by the Kingston Land Trust’s Rail Trail Committee.To register, click here.
Fore more, check out the event website.