What’s Happening Now
Over the summer months, the abandoned cement silos and two remnant structures of the cement industry are being removed to improve site safety, expand areas for future programming and events, and enhance the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley.
After thoughtful consideration, Scenic Hudson, in consultation with NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, decided to remove only these three structures at the future Hudson Cliffs State Park as they pose significant short- and long-term safety, liability, and maintenance concerns. Repurposing these former industrial structures would be prohibitively costly. Removal of the silos will restore and enhance the natural and scenic beauty of the Kingston area and may provide a future community gathering space.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Demolition will begin in July and continue through August, with most (if not all) of the crushed remains being processed and recycled on-site for future improvements. The graffiti art on structures throughout the site, including those to be demolished, has been thoroughly documented by local photographers.
Join the conversation!
Scenic Hudson, New York State Parks (State Parks) and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC) are working together toward the goal of making this site the future Hudson Cliffs State Park.
Your input is tremendously valuable to us and can help 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.
Get an update on the project and watch the February 2021 Community Information Session here.
Please share your story here!
If you have memories, adventure tales, family folklore, or anything to share about the future Hudson Cliffs State Park land, we want to hear about it. The collection of community perspective and histories is important to the future of the park.
Email contact@HudsonCliffsParkInfo.org and share your vision of a new Hudson Valley Park.
Follow the community conversation and watch Land and Resilience: Re-Imagining Quarry Waters 520 Acre Park here. An interview held in summer 2020 with a mix of local residents to discuss the possibilities for this unique landscape on a special edition of The Kingston Land Trust’s Facebook series.
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
New trail is open. Scenic Hudson and the City of Kingston collaborated to complete the 1.9-mile Hudson River Brickyard Trail (as part of Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Trail and the Kingston Greenline. Learn more about this trail here.) Pedestrians and bicyclists can enjoy spectacular views of the Hudson River, including features like the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, along the 10’-wide paved shoreline trail.
Future as a state park. Continued development of the park may occur over time as resources may allow. Scenic Hudson, State Parks and PIPC will work together to create access to some areas of the site for passive recreation, which may occur later this year.
Currently, the site is closed so Scenic Hudson can secure it for public safety.
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.