June 10, 2022 - In this issue:
Mayor's Message
Covid Update
Music in the Parks/Movies Under the Stars Return
New Youth Soccer Field Now Open
Community Preservation Plan Meeting on Tuesday
Juneteenth Celebration on Satrurday June 18
Free Albany Symphony Event in Kingston
Roadwork Update for Next Week
City of Kingston Job Opportunity
Join a Board or Commission
Mayor's Message:

Dear Friends -

We had a great Kingston Forward public meeting and presentation this week (if you missed it, you can see the recording here) and will be hosting a series of open house events to answer questions and gather feedback on the new draft zoning code today and tomorrow:

June 10 from 5:30-7:00pm at the Kingston Library Community Room
June 11 from 10:30-12:00pm at the Old Dutch Church
June 11 from 1:00-2:30pm at the Rondout Neighborhood Center

Once adopted, the new zoning code will impact all neighborhoods and all future development, so we are encouraging everyone to participate in these discussions. Hope to see you there!

Covid Update
There are currently 181 active cases in Ulster County and 25 in Kingston.

Latest news:
Popular Parks Series Return This Summer
Music in the Parks and Movies Under the Stars will return in 2022! The City of Kingston’s popular outdoor summer entertainment series returns with events featuring local performers. For two special events, the concerts will be paired with Movies Under the Stars for a double-header of family entertainment. All events are free and open to the public.
Saturday, July 9
Academy Green Park
7:00pm jazz concert featuring The Sweet Spot
8:30pm Soul movie
Saturday, July 23
TR Gallo Park
7:00-8:30pm folk/country rock concert featuring Kurt Henry and Dog Knows
Saturday, July 30
TR Gallo Park
8:30pm History of the Rondout: Then and Now movie
Friday, August 5
Dietz Stadium
8:30pm Cool Runnings movie
Friday, August 12
Hutton Park
7:00-8:30pm latin music concert featuring Alessandra with Laura González
8:30pm Encanto movie
Saturday, August 20
TR Gallo Park
7:00-8:30pm latin/funk concert feat. Ruperto Ifil’s New York Funk Alliance w Christine Spero, piano
Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. In the case of bad weather, rain dates will be announced. More information available at: www.kingston-ny.gov/musicintheparks.
New Youth Soccer Field & Parking Lot Now Open
The newly-built youth soccer field and parking lot at Kingston Point Park are officially open.

The soccer field and parking lot were built as part of the Kingston Point Park Infrastructure Improvements Project Phase 1. The project was funded through a grant from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. The parking lot and soccer field incorporated a design approach to bring the amenities out of the floodplain by elevating the land to adapt to sea level rise and avoid flooding. The design also incorporated green infrastructure elements to manage stormwater and to maximize green space.

A new accessible playground will be constructed adjacent to the beach on the north side of Delaware this summer. The playground was funded through the City’s Recreation Fee Reserve. Construction is expected to begin in early July.

Kingston Point Park Infrastructure Improvements Project Phase 2 will include improvements south of Delaware Avenue, including the facilitation and formal creation of a wetland at the west end of the existing parking lot, and improvements, including regrading and paving the east end of the parking lot. The City of Kingston has been awarded a $654,500 grant from NYS Department of State for construction on Phase 2, which is anticipated for 2023.

Kingston to Create a Community Preservation Plan
The City of Kingston is preparing a Community Preservation Plan (CPP) to guide future investments in our natural, cultural, and recreational resources.

A CPP can identify priorities for resource protection including the preservation of historic places, expansion of public access to the waterfront, preservation of natural areas, expansion of the recreational trail system, among other similar goals. The CPP will refine and advance our existing Open Space Plan by identifying priority areas for future preservation.

The City of Kingston will be kicking off the CPP process with a public meeting on June 14, 2022 at 6:30pm. Representatives will provide an overview of the planning process and will review preliminary ideas about prioritization areas. To further establish the community’s needs and priorities, the City has also launched a survey at Engage Kingston, which will be open until July 15, 2022.

More information can be found at EngageKingston.com.
Juneteenth Celebration on June 18
Join Harambee for the annual Juneteenth celebration next Saturday. The 2022 Juneteenth event will feature a special appearance by author and sixth generation great-granddaughter of Sojourner Truth, Barbara Allen, as well as wonderful performances, vendors, food, kids activities and more.

Saturday June 18, 2022
Pine Street African Burial Ground
157 Pine Street
Albany Symphony Event on June 19
The Albany Symphony will host a special day-long event on Sunday, June 19, 2022, that is free and open to the public.
The TrailBlaze NY series celebrates the completion of New York’s 750-mile Empire State Trail with events over five weekends and across nine counties. The TrailBlaze Kingston event will include a full day of outdoor activities culminating in a performance by the Albany Symphony at Hutton Brickyards followed by fireworks.
The Albany Symphony performance program includes: Loren Loiacono: Empire Lines for Percussion Quartet and Sinfonietta; Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring; Viet Cuong: Re(new)al for Percussion Quartet and Orchestra featuring Sandbox Percussion with popular favorites by John Williams, John Philip Sousa, and a folk song sing-a-long.

Parking will be limited. Parking will be available at Hutton Brickyards, with overflow parking available at Kingston Point Beach & Park. More information and a full schedule of events can be found here.
Roadwork Update for Week of June 13
Elmendorf Bridge construction is completed and the bridge is now open.

Paving on Washington Avenue will be completed on Friday, June 10.

Central Hudson: Main installation will continue next week on Farrelly St, Lincoln St, Gage St, and Stephan St with road closures and lane changes.
Service replacements will continue on Clifton Ave and Stephan Street with detours and road closures. 

Regular Roadwork Updates are posted on the City's website here.
Paving on Washington Avenue today
City of Kingston Job Opportunity
The City of Kingston is looking for a full-time Project Manager in the Engineering Office.

The Project Manager will manage capital projects including civil engineering/ infrastructure projects and architectural projects. Projects include grant-funded and locally-funded projects with budgets from $100,000 to $5 million.

For more details on this and other City of Kingston job opportunities, please visit https://kingston-ny.gov/employment.
Join a Board or Commission
The City of Kingston has 25+ boards and commissions, and we're always looking for volunteers to serve the community!

Currently we have openings on the Board of Water Commissioners and the Kingston Local Development Corporation Board. Applications for these and other commissions can be found here.
Kingston 311
The Kingston 311 app, website and phone system allow residents to quickly and easily report issues and submit service requests. The Kingston 311 app, available for Android & iPhones, is a fast and simple way to connect to City officials in non-emergency situations.

This system is a valuable resource to submit service requests for streetlight replacement, roadwork, City signage, traffic calming measures and other concerns. Issues with snow removal and reporting of vehicles and sidewalks not in accordance with the Snow Emergency restrictions can also be submitted via Kingston 311. Photos can also be attached to illustrate service orders. Dial 311 from any phone within City limits to reach us. 
Sent on behalf of:
Mayor Steven T. Noble
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