Group plans 500-acre park on Hudson River in Kingston
KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — An environmental group has purchased more than 500 acres along the Hudson River to turn it into a public park with a riverfront trail for hikers and bicyclists.
Scenic Hudson says its affiliate, Quarry Waters, bought the land in the city of Kingston and town of Ulster for an undisclosed price. The forested and former industrial land had been slated for a large housing development. It was once the site of a cement mine and processing facility.
Scenic Hudson says the land features 260 acres of woodlands, more than a mile of river shoreline and 37 acres of wetlands. A section of it is to become part of the state’s 750-mile Empire State Trail.
The land will remain closed to the public until Scenic Hudson develops plans for it.