The Open Space Institute and the Wallkill Valley Land Trust have been dedicated partners in the protection of some of the region's premier landscapes. In 2009, we acquired 11.5 miles of the former Wallkill Valley Railroad, doubling the length of the rail trail. The centerpiece of this effort is the Rosendale Trestle – 150 feet high, 940 feet long, and a vivid landmark with a magnificent view of the Shawangunks.
Together OSI and WVLT will need to raise $1.1 million for structural improvements, a new deck and railings that will make the 114-year-old trestle – once part of an active railroad that ferried Ulster County produce down to markets in New York City – safe again for public use. We have raised $450,000 from public and foundation sources towards our goal, but we need your help.
Once restored, the Rosendale Trestle will:
- Provide the missing link in one of the best networks of rail trails not only in the Hudson Valley, but in all of New York State,
- Create a unique tourist destination that will encourage new economic development in Rosendale, and in the four towns bisected by the new Wallkill Valley Rail Trail,
- Provide people an opportunity to enjoy nature with minimal environmental impact, and
- Preserve an everlasting landmark for generations of historians, educators and outdoor enthusiasts to come.
- How can I help?
Make a donation – of any amount – to our matching fund by June 30, 2011 and the gift will be doubled. Four of our neighbors have made a challenge matching grant for $25,000 to kick off the campaign. They want to see community support, and your contribution of any amount will be doubled when you act today. DONATE & DOUBLE!
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Volunteer Your help is needed in the restoration. We are counting on the skills of our community to help make the trestle shine. VOLUNTEER HERE!
We have until June 30, 2011 to raise the necessary funds to meet our matching gift, but don't wait, please make your gift today. Your contribution will show much-needed community support for the restoration of the Rosendale trestle.