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Kingston Greenline & Ulster County Trails Summit - Ulster County Planning
Kingston Greenline & Ulster County Trails Summit - Ulster County Planning
Kingston Greenline & Ulster County Trails Summit - Ulster County Planning
Kingston Greenline & Ulster County Trails Summit - Ulster County Planning
Kingston Greenline & Ulster County Trails Summit - Ulster County Planning
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Kingston Greenline & Ulster County Trails Summit - Ulster County Planning

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Chris White, Deputy Director of Ulster County Planning, presented an update on trail development efforts throughout Ulster County.

Chris White, Deputy Director of Ulster County Planning, presented an update on trail development efforts throughout Ulster County.

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  • 1. 1 “We have a unique opportunity to create a world-class tourism destination, directly impact public health, and improve the overall quality of life in our region.” -Ulster County Executive Mike Hein
  • 2. 2 Growing Importance of Regional Rail Trails: • Walkway over the Hudson (opened 2009) attracted more than 780,000 visitors in first year and now adds more than $24 million annual sales. • Hudson Valley Rail Trail (Highland/Lloyd) receives 670,000 visitors annually and has become New York State’s second-most-popular rail trail. • Hurley (D&H/O&W) Rail Trail receives estimated 81,000 visitors each year. • Wallkill Valley Rail Trail will soon extend more than 33 miles from Gardiner to Kingston now that the Rosendale Trestle is open. • Catskill Mountain Rail Trail is projected to attract 140,000 annual users and add $3.1 million in annual U.C. sales (2013 Economic Impact Analysis) Hudson Valley Rail Trail Rosendale Trestle
  • 3. 3 Catskill Mountain Rail Trail D&H Heritage Trail/ O&W (Hurley) Rail Trail Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Hudson Valley Rail Trail/ Walkway Over the Hudson Ulster County Rail Trail Network
  • 4.  Connect Kingston neighborhoods to Catskill Park & Ashokan Reservoir  Expand tourism business in Ulster County and Hudson Valley region  Increase outdoor recreation opportunities and promote healthy lifestyles  Provide “car-free” transportation options  Create links to the Hurley/ O&W Rail Trail & Wallkill Valley Rail Trail 4 Project Vision: A public multi-use recreational trail from the City of Kingston to and along the Ashokan Reservoir that will link the Walkway over the Hudson to the Catskill Park and create a world-class tourism destination. Ashokan Reservoir Walkway over the Hudson
  • 5. 55 Accessible to persons with disabilities and the elderly Open to public use four seasons / 365 days a year Providing a beautiful and safe linear park for hikers, dog walkers, bicyclists, and all who seek to enjoy the outdoors Connecting urban neighborhoods with open spaces Creating a “Rail Trail Hub” In Kingston
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