Spring Cleaning on Kingston’s Trails as part of their Annual Clean Sweep

The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee organizes cleanup of the Kingston Link Trail as part of Kingston Clean Sweep presented by the Friends of Historic Kingston and Kingston Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday, April 21st  2012 at 9:00am. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Super 8 Motel Parking Lot located at 487 Washington Avenue in Kingston at 8:30am to sign-in.

Kingston – The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee with support from Ulster Savings Bank, the Holiday Inn and Super 8 Motel and sponsored by Central Hudson Gas and Electric will participate in the 3rd annual Kingston Clean-Sweep, an event created by Friends of Historic Kingston and the City of Kingston’s Park and Recreation Department on Saturday, April 21st 2012. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:30am for sign-up to begin trail work 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.

Volunteers should come prepared wearing boots (since there are wet areas), gloves, bug and tick guard and long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Participants are encouraged to bring their own shovels, loppers and rakes from home. The work will involve cutting and moving brush and general trash.

“The Kingston Link Rail Trail” is part of the Ontario & Western (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.

Participants are asked to register online by visitinghttp://www.forsythnaturecenter.org/   If you would like to donate tools, funding, have employees interested in volunteering or for more general information contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-5263 or kingstonlandtrust@gmail.com

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