The Kingston Point Rail trail is part of the Kingston Greenline, which is a joint initiative of The Kingston Land Trust, the City of Kingston, and Ulster County. Once complete, the Kingston Greenline will be a network of urban trails, complete streets, and linear parks in the City of Kingston. This forms a long term vision for a city-wide network of shared roadways and trails connecting neighborhoods, community destinations and regional recreational and cultural resources. The Kingston Connectivity Project implements Greenline concepts focusing on pedestrian and bicycle linkages between Midtown neighborhoods and the Rondout/Kingston Point waterfront districts. The overarching goal of the Connectivity Project is to raise the city’s profile as a livable, walkable community and a vibrant destination.
Saratoga Associates led the design and engineering team, providing schematic planning and design of multi-modal connections in economically challenged districts. Plans include streetscape revitalization utilizing “complete streets” techniques that encourage increased pedestrian and bicycle use. The project also involved design development and contract documents for the 1½ mile-long Kingston Point Rail Trail connecting residential and commercial areas with the historic Hudson River waterfront. Streetscape enhancements, public green space, park nodes and shared route connections were used to restore walkability, enhance neighborhood character and encourage economic vitality in targeted areas.