Kingston Land Trust
HELP RESTORE THE PINE ST AFRICAN BURIAL GROUND!
Featured Initiatives & Programs
We have succeeded in protecting the Pine Street African Burial Ground! Thanks to community support of over 250 contributions, we were able to raise $140,000 to purchase the site. Now that the site is secured, the Kingston Land Trust and our partner organization Harambee still need your help to raise the remaining $60,000 of our $200,000 goal to convert the building on site into an interpretive center. Donate HERE.
A system of trails, promenades and complete streets that when fully developed will connect residents and visitors to Kingston’s natural, historic, cultural and commercial assets.
A Spanish immersion conversation organized by the Kingston Land Trust in collaboration with the Kingston YMCA Farm Project. We meet quarterly at hispanic restaurants in Kingston to eat a meal together and discuss local food and land initiatives.
Through the website portal, approved stewards (people seeking land) and landholders (people who own or manage land and are seeking stewards) can search for each other based on location and shared land use interests. We hope that this program will lead to the conversion of underused land into green amenities, while strengthening ties our community. Users are encouraged to contact each other to see if they are the right fit and to work out the details of a mutually beneficial land use arrangement.
Developing Our Own Community Land Trust: Affordable Homeownership on Protected Land. The Kingston Land Trust is a conservation land trust, but since we are in an urban area, we are looking to take on the new role of a Community Land Trust in order to provide permanently affordable homeownership opportunities on our land.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
-- “Rock The Block and The Trail Party” Will Be Held 9/21 -- More than 100 community members, including Kingston Greenline partner organization the Kingston Land Trust, attended a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the City of Kingston on Friday, September 6th for the opening of Phase 1 of the Kingston Point Rail Trail.
The KLT has purchased 157 Pine Street in Uptown, Kingston; the long forgotten historic African Burial Ground contained within is once and for all forever protected. Now that the site is secured, the KLT will work with partner organization Harambee and the community to restore the grounds and convert the building into an interpretive center for education and reflection.
The KLT has purchased 61-81 Gross Street in Kingston from Ulster Habitat for Humanity with a grant for the full purchase from the Open Space Institute. The KLT plans to use this .86 acre undeveloped wooded property as a public space that will provide amenities and respite for trail users and surrounding community.