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Brian C. Slack, Principal Transportation Planner, UCTC
Ulster County Transportation Council (UCTC), in partnership with the Village of New Paltz, Wallkill Valley Land Trust, and Historic Huguenot Street, is pleased to announce the beginning of a planning and community engagement process addressing the future use and design of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in the Village of New Paltz.
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Community Opportunity Plan will develop options to optimize multimodal active transport, open space and recreational enhancement on the heavily used part of the trail within the heart of the Village of New Paltz. The Plan will focus on how to reimagine this important regional trail hub and community asset.
Thanks to your help, the Rosendale Trestle OPENED June 2013! 150 feet high, 940 feet long, and a iconic landmark of this extension of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.
Together the Wallkill Valley Land Trust and Open Space Institute completed the $1.5 million fundraising for the restoration of the trestle!
WVLT and OSI partnered to raise $1.5 million to fund the restoration of the trestle, once part of an active railroad that ferried Ulster County produce down to markets in New York City. Major support for the campaign came from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust, the Dyson Foundation, the Rondout-Esopus Land Conservancy, the Friends of the Shawangunks, the Mohonk Preserve and more than 110 individual donors.
Where is the best place to park?
The closest (and most available and most legal) place to park near the Rosendale Trestle is on Binnewater Road in Rosendale. We do not recommend parking at Saint Peter's Church.
What's the best way to get there on foot/by bicycle?
There are a few ways to get to the Rosendale Trestle on foot/by bicycle:
Help support the ongoing maintenance of the Rosendale Trestle by donating to this campaign of the Wallkill Valley Land Trust. Celebrate a loved one, a memory, or show your business support through your design.
For a donation of $1,500 or more, you decide what you want on your plaque, and work with our designer to ensure the text and/ or image meets your expectations.
The one of a kind Trestle plaques are a bronzed 4 ¾” x 4 ¾ “ and 3/16” thick. The recessed surface is patinaed, and the entire plaque lacquer sealed. Each plaque is riveted to the Corten-steel railings, spaced apart (approximately 8 feet).
(Please Note: Plaques are completed in batches. After design completion, they typically take a few months to be manufactured.)
The Connector Trail is a safe way to travel up to the Rosendale Trestle and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, from Main Street Rosendale, while avoiding the dangerous turn of Keator Avenue.
To access the Trestle using the Connector Trail From Town:
You can park in the Town of Rosendale, at the public parking lot behind the Rosendale Theater, and walk on the sidewalk towards the Trestle on Route 213. Turn onto Keator Ave Bridge (remaining on the sidewalk). Once you cross the Bridge, turn right before the Church and walk along the old Fairview Ave roadbed (this looks like a dirt road), along the Rondout Creek. Once you reach the base of the Trestle, you have reached your destination.
To access Town using the Connector Trail From the Trestle:
Park at the Binnewater Kiln Parking Lot. Travel along the Rail Trail towards the Trestle. Cross the Trestle. Once you reach the south end of the Trestle, you will see the Connector Trail to your right. Travel down the Connector Trail to where it ends at a dirt road. This is the old Fairview Ave roadbed. Travel to your right, remaining on the roadbed until you reach the Keator Ave Bridge. Cross the Bridge using the sidewalks and head into Town, using the sidewalks on Route 213.