NEW YORK, NY — May 23, 2013 — The Open Space Institute and
Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) are in the home stretch for fundraising as
the reopening of the historic, and once again safe for public use, Rosendale
The two organizations only have $165,000 left to raise for
the overall $1.54 million project, which has funded the restoration of the
116-year-old trestle, once part of an active railroad that ferried Ulster
County produce down to markets in New York City.
With fundraising nearly complete, OSI and WVLT expect to
reopen the trestle—which offers incredible views of the Shawangunk Ridge, the
Binnewater Lakes region and the hamlet of Rosendale—to the public within the
next six weeks.
New railroad ties and naturally weathering Corten steel
railings were mounted on the trestle last year. The final step before reopening
is to install recycled composite decking material (the walking surface) over
top of the railroad ties.
As part of the final fundraising push, area businesses and
residents are invited to purchase commemorative plaques that will be attached
to the railing of the 940-foot-long trestle. The 4 ¾” x 4 ¾” bronze plaques
will be etched and then lacquer sealed. The plaques are available for $1,200 each
and can be purchased from the Wallkill Valley Land Trust.
The completion of the trestle restoration furthers OSI and
WVLT’s goal of a continuous, 24-mile recreational rail trail running from the
town of Gardiner to the city of Kingston. In August 2009, the two organizations
partnered to acquire 11.5 miles of railroad bed that expanded the rail trail
through the towns of Gardiner, New Paltz, Rosendale and Ulster, and on to
Kingston. While the trestle has been restored, OSI and WVLT have simultaneously
been working to restore those sections of rail bed along the trail.
Upon opening the trestle, the trail will be accessible to
walkers, hikers, bikers and horseback riders. An official announcement of a
grand opening celebration later this spring is forthcoming.
We are nearing completion but still need your help! We need
$165,000 to finalize almost four years of work and open the trestle to the
public. Donations to the project can be made at www.trackthetrestle.org or if you are
able to make a more substantial donation, commemorative plaques are available
for $1,200 each and can be etched with the design of your choice. Plaques can
be purchased in memory of a friend or relative, on behalf of a business, or as
a fun and unique gift for someone special. Contact the Wallkill Valley Land
Trust at www.wallkillvalleylt.org
or (845) 255-2761 for more information.