Scenic Hudson is working with New York State Parks and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission to create Hudson Cliffs State Park (formerly known as Quarry Waters Park) — the first state park in the city of Kingston and town of Ulster.
A series of “virtual community conversations” are scheduled for the next week with aim to help participants:
- Learn about the land, its nature and history
- See ideas for transforming scarred former industrial areas into vibrant public spaces
- Offer ideas for the future park
Here are the registration links along with dates and times for the sessions
Some more info from hudsoncliffsparkinfo.org.
Scenic Hudson acquired this magnificent 520-acre landscape because of its outstanding potential to benefit residents of and visitors to the City of Kingston and Town of Ulster:
- Its remarkable diversity of natural features makes this an ideal place for people of all ages and cultures to connect with wildlife and the inspiring power of the Hudson River.
- The ways indigenous cultures previously relied on this land for sustenance offer lessons in environmental stewardship.
- It will host a key segment of the Kingston Greenline Trail, connecting Kingston Point Beach with East Kingston, and one of the few places where the 750-mile Empire State Trail will connect directly with the Hudson River.
- It offers opportunities for a range of outdoor experiences—from intimate hikes and family gatherings to larger community events.
- Its complex industrial history and extraordinary geologic bedrock provides an ideal opportunity to explore the important role the Hudson Valley played in New York State’s development.
- Thinking forward, the park can become an even greater economic asset to local communities and support residents’ livelihoods by attracting visitors to complementary revenue-generating activities appropriate to the land’s significant conservation values.
Exciting features include over one-mile of Hudson River shoreline; river overlooks affording breathtaking vistas; over 17 unique habitats (including woods, wetlands, and a dramatic cliff and ridgeline); historic remnants of the brickmaking and ice harvesting industries; and quarried canyons.