Kingston Greenline & Ulster County Trails Summit - Agenda and Trail Resources

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The session agenda includes resources related to trail development in Kingston, Ulster County, the Hudson River Valley and throughout New York State.

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Kingston Greenline & Ulster County Trails Summit - Agenda and Trail Resources

  1. 1. Kingston Greenline & Ulster County Trails Summit Saturday, July 20, 2013 9:30am - 1:00pm Kingston City Hall Download presentation materials at www.slideshare.net/kingstonlandtrust 9:30 - 10:00 Welcome & Introductions  Gregg Swanzey, Board member, Kingston Land Trust  Mayor Shayne Gallo  Chris White, Deputy Director of Planning at Ulster County 10:00 - 10:30 Keynote: “The Third Mode: Toward a Green Society”  How non-motorized mobility can lead to a more connected, healthy, and sustainable way of living  Jeff Olson, Alta Planning + Design 10:30 - 11:05 The Kingston Point Rail Trail Plan  Lindsay Zefting, Alta Planning + Design 11:05 - 11:15 Break 11:15 - 12:15 Panel: Building Kingston Trails Locally and Regionally Moderated by Karl Beard, National Park Service Rivers & Trails Program  Tim Weidemann, Kingston Land Trust: Kingston Greenline: a Citywide Vision  Chris White, Ulster County Planning Dept: Trails in the County-wide Vision  Beth Campochiaro & Scott Keller, Hudson River Valley Greenway: Plugging into Trails in the Hudson River Valley  Martin Daley, Parks & Trails NY: Building Community Trails Statewide 12:15 - 12:30 Wrap-up and Next Steps  Tim Weidemann, Kingston Land Trust 12:30 - 1:00 Posters & Information Tables
  2. 2. Some Trail Planning Resources Planning documents for trails in Ulster County Planning is a process of continual improvement. (Or at least we hope so!) Learn more about what is going on, and how you can get involved.  Kingston Land Trust: www.kingstonlandtrust.org The Rail Trail Committee section of the website includes information and links related to the Kingston Point Rail Trail project.  Ulster County Planning Dept: www.ulstercountyny.gov/planning Includes the UC Non-Motorized Transportation Plan, notes of the UC Trails Advisory Council, as well as studies and reports, including special projects such as the proposed Catskill Mountain Rail Trail  Wallkill Valley Land Trust: www.wallkillvalleylt.org Includes information and updates on the recently- opened Rosendale Trestle, and plans to extend the WVRT 11.5 miles to the Kingston City line.  Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association: www.wvrta.org WVRTA maintains and promotes Ulster County’s first rail-trail. Especially notable on their website is the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail & Hudson Valley Rail Trail Link Feasibility Study.  Friends of the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail: catskillmountainrailtrail.org Includes information about the proposed trail from Kingston to the Ashokan Reservoir and beyond, from Phoenicia to Highmount. The Friends of the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail maintains the site. The Woodstock Land Conservancy www.woodstocklandconservancy.org and Catskill Mountainkeeper www.catskillmountainkeeper.org have spearheaded the efforts on the CMRT. For trail planning regionally and statewide  Economic Benefits of Trails in NY: The OPRHP report, Every Mile Counts: Economic analysis 2008 Trail User Surveys is detailed at: www.americantrails.org/resources/adjacent/NY-2008-Trail-User-Survey.html  Hudson River Valley Greenway: www.hudsongreenway.ny.gov The Greenway provides information and resources helpful for trail planning in communities, and provides small grants and planning assistance for land- based trails and water trails. Their online documents include the basic Greenway Trail Vision Plan. The Greenway also coordinates the Hudson River Greenway National Water Trail.  NY/NJ Trail Conference: www.nynjtc.org NYNJTC is the standard source for hiking maps and related information in our region, and TC volunteers maintain most trails in the Catskills and Shawangunks. Their recently-commissioned report, Catskill Mountain Rail Trail: Economic & Fiscal Impact, is online at: www.scribd.com/doc/148500624/Rail-Trail-Economic-Impact-Study  NY State Trails Plan: http://nysparks.com/recreation/trails/statewide-plans.aspx Created by NY State Office of Parks (OPRHP), the State Trails Plan provides the statewide vision and framework for trails of all types. It also includes helpful standards and guidelines for trails intended for various trail user groups.  Parks & Trails New York: www.ptny.org PTNY is the standard source for information and resources that relate especially to planning, funding, building and promoting community trails in New York. PTNY also provides small grants and assistance. The 2012 New York State Trail User Count is on their website at: www.ptny.org/pdfs/StatewideTrailCount/2012NYSTrailUserCountreport.pdf For all aspects of trail design, construction, usage, funding, accessibility…  American Trails: www.americantrails.org The “Resources” section of the website includes information on all aspects of trails from all around the nation.  Federal Highway Administration: Accessibility for trail users of all abilities is essential. FHWA’s Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access: Best Practices Design Guide is available online at: www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/sidewalk2/. The website also includes links and downloads for many other bike-ped and trail-related documents.  Rails to Trails Conservancy: www.railstotrails.org The “Resources” section of the website includes a “Trail building toolbox” and the “Library” includes manuals, reports and fact sheets.

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