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“We have a unique opportunity to create a world-class
tourism destination, directly impact public health, and
improve th...
2
Growing Importance of Regional Rail Trails:
• Walkway over the Hudson (opened 2009) attracted more than 780,000
visitors...
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Catskill Mountain Rail Trail
D&H Heritage Trail/
O&W (Hurley) Rail Trail
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
Hudson Valley Rail T...
 Connect Kingston neighborhoods to
Catskill Park & Ashokan Reservoir
 Expand tourism business in Ulster County
and Hudso...
55
Accessible to persons with disabilities and the elderly
Open to public use four seasons / 365 days a year
Providing a b...
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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.

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Kingston Greenline & Ulster County Trails Summit - Ulster County Planning

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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