Burial Ground Youth Design Project Wins 20K from City of Kingston Participatory Budget Process

Thank you for your votes: We won!

The Kingston Land Trust was awarded the $20,000 allocated for Midtown in the City's participatory budget for the collaborative project: Pine St. African Burial Ground youth development program for design and community engagement.The purpose of this program is for youth to conduct and share investigative research with the community and incorporate input in order to propose an informed site design for a memorial and interpretive center at the Pine Street African Burial Ground. Check out the details in the brochure below!

This program was developed by KaN Landscape Design, and the Kingston YMCA Farm Project in collaboration with the Kingston Land Trust and Harambee and will be filmed by Growing Films. Stayed tuned for the announcement of the first community meeting this fall.

Related excerpts from the City's Press Release:

September 24, 2019
2019 Participatory Budgeting Project Selections Announced

KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the results of the 2019 Participatory Budgeting Project Survey, which will award $20,000 to a community project in each of the City of Kingston’s three unique business districts. The online survey, which was open for voting from August 9-September 6, had nearly 600 total respondents who voted for their preferred projects to receive the funding. The projects with the most votes for each district:


  1. Pine St. African Burial Ground youth development program for design/community engagement:$20,000 to be awarded to the Kingston Land Trust for implementation
  2. Add bus services for youth to attend activities and after school programs
  3. Improve crosswalks and sidewalks

City staff have reviewed the top-voted projects for cost estimates and have determined a plan for implementation:  For Midtown, the entire allotment will go to the Kingston Land Trust for implementing the Pine St. Burial Ground youth development program for design and community engagement. 

Participatory Budgeting is a process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. The Mayor set aside $20,000 for each district in the 2019 Adopted budget toward the new round of Participatory Budgeting. These funds were generated by revenue received from off-street parking fees. Projects not selected by the community or projects that are not feasible due to cost constraints or other barriers may be included in future planning efforts and community initiatives.

The Pine Street African Burial Ground was protected in 2019 by the Kingston Land Trust in partnership with Harambee and in collaboration with Scenic Hudson.

Visit www.PineStreetAfricanBurialGround.org to learn more about the site.

DONATE HERE to help restore the Pine Street African Burial Ground!