Governor Hochul Announces Completion of Waterfront Trail and Pavilion at Sojourner Truth State Park!
NEW YORK STATE’S NEWEST STATE PARK DEDICATED LAST YEAR TO 19TH CENTURY AFRICAN AMERICAN HUDSON VALLEY NATIVE, ABOLITIONIST AND SUFFRAGIST
Governor Hochul announced the completion of a project to better connect people with the Hudson River at New York State’s newest State Park – Sojourner Truth State Park in Ulster County.
Scenic Hudson, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission partnered to build the new features at the site of a former barge dock. The waterfront project signals potential future improvements to reimagine the former industrial site as lively outdoor recreation and community gathering space.
The Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC), New York State Parks (State Parks) and Scenic Hudson collaborated over several years to establish the first State Park in the City of Kingston and Town of Ulster, Sojourner Truth State Park. Scenic Hudson will continue to manage this land when the park opens.
We heard valuable feedback from the community in 2020 and 2021 to identify the themes and values important to achieving a community-shared park vision, what park spaces could look like, and how design and programming can serve the public. Phased development of the park will occur over time as funding becomes available.
PARK OPEN DAWN TO DUSK.
100 Sojourner Truth Way, Kingston, NY 12401
Access the Park from Post Road (at Main Street) Kingston, NY
On a special edition (2020) of The Kingston Land Trust’s Facebook series, Land and Resilience, an early interview included a mix of local residents to discuss the possibilities for this unique landscape. Watch it here – Land and Resilience: Re-Imagining Quarry Waters 520 Acre Park.
Access to diverse recreational activities.
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 1-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.
What We’ve Heard So Far
A collection of community feedback and ideas for the park from the survey held in February 2021.
COMMUNITY IDEAS FOR RE-IMAGINING SPACES IN THE PARK
Recreational Opportunities, Now and Future
A state park. Continued development of the park may occur over time as resources may allow. Scenic Hudson, State Parks and PIPC have worked together to create access to some areas of the site for passive recreation.
We’ve been successful in transforming industrial sites all along the Hudson River into magnificent public parks, and we are excited by this opportunity to envision a new state park along the Ulster County riverfront. We look forward to collaborating with the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC), City of Kingston, Town of Ulster and community members to ensure this project is responsive to the goals and meets the needs of the community, region and state.