State OKs $30K grant for up­grades near trail

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­

The state has ap­proved a $30,000 grant for Kingston to im­prove the area near the Has­brouck/Delaware tun­nel seg­ment of the Kingston Point Rail Trail.

The fund­ing, an­nounced by Gov. An­drew Cuomo’s of­fice, is part of $254,000 in match­ing grants as part of the 2016 Green­way Con­ser­vancy Trail Grant Pro­gram.

The Kingston Com­mon Coun­cil ear­lier this month ap­proved an ap­pli­ca­tion for a $40,000 Green­way grant for con­struc­tion of a stair­case to con­nect the Kingston Point Rail Trail to street level where a tun­nel passes un­der the in­ter­sec­tion of Delaware and Has­brouck av­enues. On Thurs­day, city of­fi­cials did not re­turn three calls from a re­porter seek­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tion about whether the

the fund­ing an­nounced by Cuomo’s of­fice was in re­sponse to that re­quest.

In the grant ap­pli­ca­tion, the city said the stair­case would be part of a small park, es­ti­mated to cost about $104,000 to cre­ate, that also would in­clude pic­nic ta­bles, light­ing and a park­ing area.

“It will be a pocket park in a neigh­bor­hood where the near­est park is [0.75 miles] or far­ther away on chal­leng­ing ter­rain or through dan­ger­ous in­fras­truc­ture [that is] not a walk­a­ble dis­tance for chil­dren, the el­derly or peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties,” the ap­pli­ca­tion stated.

Also in­cluded in the Green­way trail grant al­lo­ca­tions are:

• $20,000 for the town of Red Hook, for a con­nect­ing trail be­tween Tivoli, Bard Col­lege and the vil­lage and town of Red Hook.

• $15,000 for the town of Sauger­ties, for a con­nect­ing trail be­tween Eve’s Point and the Bris­tol Beach Con­nect­ing Trail.

• $14,800 for the Win­na­kee Land Trust for a trails project that in­cludes Thomas Thomp­son-Sally Maz­zarella Park in Rhinebeck, as well as $4,000 for a trail head pav­il­ion at the park.

• $10,000 for the town of Rosendale to de­velop sig­nage for the Wal­lkill Val­ley Rail Trail/Rosendale Wayfind­ing Project.

• $7,500 for the town

of Hyde Park to pro­duce a map and a user guide for trails.

• $7,500 for the Columbia Land Con­ser­vancy for in­ter­pre­tive signs at the Green­port Con­ser­va­tion Area.

• $7,000 for the Pough­keep­sie Al­liance, for the Water­front Con­nec­tiv­ity Project.

• $5,000 for the Walk­way Over the Hud­son to pro­duce a map show­ing nearby at­trac­tions.

• $4,900 to Scenic Hud­son, for the in­stal­la­tion of in­ter­pre­tive signs at the Eso­pus Mead­ows Pre­serve and Black Creek Pre­serve.

• $5,000 for the Mo­honk Pre­serve to in­stall in­ter­pre­tive signs.

• $2,000 for the town of Mar­ble­town to pro­duce an O&W Rail Trail map and brochure.

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