Signs will help visi­tors find their way around

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

ROSENDALE >> The town seek bids for signs to di­rect visi­tors at pop­u­lar recre­ation spots to the busi­ness dis­trict.

The fund­ing will come from a $10,000 grant from Hud­son River Val­ley Green­way.

“That will ba­si­cally im­ple­ment phase one of our way fund­ing plan,” Coun­cil­woman Jen­nifer Met­zger said at a Town Board meet­ing Wed­nes­day.

“That sig­nage is go­ing to help tremen­dously,” she said. “Part of the sig­nage is go­ing to be on the rail trail it­self, di­rect­ing peo­ple into town to the many ameni­ties we have here that they can’t see from the rail trail, but we would love if they knew about it. So it’s go­ing to help lo­cal busi­nesses a lot.”

Met­zger said there also will be some high­way signs to pro­vide di­rec­tions to the pop­u­lar rail tres­tle sec­tion of the Wal­lkill Val­ley Rail Trail.

“The other sig­nage need that’s be­ing ad­dressed is di­rect­ing peo­ple trav­el­ing here by car, try­ing to ac­cess the tres­tle and trail, where they should park be­cause that’s caused huge prob­lems,” she said.

Met­zger said the Wal­lkill Val­ley Land Trust and Wal­lkill Val­ley Rail Trail As­so­ci­a­tion will con­trib­ute some of the match­ing funds nec­es­sary for the grant.

Rosendale Su­per­vi­sor Jeanne Walsh said some of the con­tri­bu­tion can be in ser­vices pro­vided by the town.

“We had some pric­ing, but we think that we can prob­a­bly do bet­ter,” she said. “Some of it we can do in-house, so maybe our staff can do the work to match the funds.”

The town’s 61-page “Cir­cu­la­tion and Wayfind­ing Plan” was adopted last year as part of an ef­fort to im­prove traf­fic along state Route 32 and on Main Street/state Route 213. Town of­fi­cials de­vel­oped the project to en­cour­age pedes­trian and bi­cy­cle ac­tiv­ity, with an em­pha­sis on cre­at­ing a com­ple­men­tary re­la­tion­ship be­tween recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties and com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity.

A copy of the plan is avail­able on the Ul­ster County Plan­ning De­part­ment web­site, at bit.ly/2fA1jTB

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