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Briefly noted in Kingston (12/22/21)

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Walkers participating in Unsilent Night.

Walkers participating in Unsilent Night.

Walkers participating in Unsilent Night.

Walkers participating in Unsilent Night.

Organizer Kevin Muth (front left) and the crowd ready to leave the Senate precinct and begin their march.

A silent night in Kingston

On Friday night, December 17, shoppers in downtown Kingston experienced unique vision and sound as approximately 60 people, some dressed in festive fashion, walked with a tape recorder or their phone while playing the original song by composer Phil Kline, Silent night, written specifically to be heard outside in December. Since the first in 1992, it has been performed in cities around the world and it was Kingston’s second performance. Organizer, Kevin Muth, carefully chose a 45-minute route through upscale neighborhoods to create a unique moving sound sculpture that was different from each listener’s perspective.

Kingston Receives $ 654,500 Grant for Kingston Point Park Improvement

Mayor Steven T. Noble announced that the City of Kingston has received a grant of $ 654,500 for Phase 2 of the Kingston Point Park Improvement Project.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced grants under the NYS State Department’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program funded under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund, including $ 654,500 for the City of Kingston for flood control at Kingston Point Park. Phase 2 of the Kingston Point Park Improvement Project will improve drainage and elevation on one side of the parking lot and return the other side to a natural wetland. The project will provide access to the existing BMX bike facility and improve connections to the Empire State Trail with new crosswalks, sidewalks and trails.

“We would like to thank the Department of State for this generous grant to complete an important project in a beloved park in Kingston. This project aligns with our long-term vision and our commitment to sustained access to this beautiful part of our city, ”said Mayor Noble. “Due to the rise in sea level, Kingston Point Park is a vulnerable site, which is why we have invested resources in its sustainability, striving to make Kingston Point more resilient in order to ensure its survival in the future.

“We are delighted to have secured a grant for the next phase of this project,” said Lynsey Timbrouck. “Since the start of the pandemic, we have seen a dramatic increase in the use of our parks, trails and outdoor facilities. Now more than ever, it is essential that we invest in our recreational spaces to meet the growing demand that we are experiencing. These upgrades will be critical in providing increased access to our popular dog park, BMX track, softball field and disc golf course throughout Kingston Point Park.

“Kingston Point Park is a gem in the park system, but it poses an ever increasing risk of flooding and sea level rise. The city, as well as many local and level partners, State, is committed to tackling threats by proactively viewing, designing and building a whole new space that will be accessible for generations to come, ”said Julie Noble, Coordinator of Environmental Education and durability. . “The second phase will allow us to take a nuanced and forward-thinking approach to redesigning Kingston Point, which will include facilitating the natural progression of wetland development and migration, while also being responsible stewards of the park. I am delighted with the progress we have made to date and really look forward to moving this next phase forward. “

Phase 1 of the Kingston Point Park Infrastructure Improvement Project, which included the creation of a youth soccer field and new parking lot, was recently completed. In addition to the added amenities, the project incorporated accessibility, sustainability and resilience into the design, which addressed sea level rise and flooding. Phase 1 included elements of green infrastructure to manage stormwater and maximize green space. The soccer field will be open in the spring, once the turf is established and the lines and goals are installed. A new accessible playground will also be built on the site this spring.

The total project cost for Phase 2 of the Kingston Point Park Improvement Project is estimated at $ 750,000. The remaining $ 95,500 will be a local game.

More information at https://engagekingston.com/kingston-point-park-project.

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Kitt Potter appointed new director of artistic and cultural affairs for Kingston

Kingston Mayor Steven T. Noble has announced the appointment of Kitt Potter as the new Director of Arts and Cultural Affairs. She will start working on January 3, 2022.

Potter brings to the City of Kingston’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Office over 20 years of experience in research, strategic planning, resource and program development, and festival and event management. Potter has been instrumental in securing major grants and sponsorships on behalf of educational, business and government institutions as well as community, youth and arts organizations in the Hudson Valley and beyond. .

Potter’s professional background includes the position of Executive Director of Maverick Concerts at Woodstock and Interim Executive Director of ArtSpace Herndon, as well as Grant Author for SUNY Sullivan County, Director of Development / Community Events Coordinator for the Glenn Hines Memorial Boys & Girls Club and director for the Hudson / Catskill Regional Workforce Development Institute.

“Kitt has proven his ability to inspire diverse communities to work together. With extensive experience in arts administration, she will bring her unique expertise and community development to this position, ”said Mayor Noble. “We can’t wait to see what Kitt does in his new role and welcome him to the team! “

“It is with gratitude and enthusiasm that I step forward in service to the great city of Kingston as Director of Arts and Cultural Affairs,” said Potter. “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with our amazing Mayor Noble, the brilliant advisers of the Arts Commission and to play a role in strengthening our creative economy while improving the quality of life in our community. loved. “

Potter holds a BA in Sociology / Psychology from Howard University. She is a member of the board of directors of Calling All Poets, of the programming committee of the Rosendale Theater Collective and of the Woodstock Cultural Alliance. She is originally from the Hudson Valley and currently lives in High Falls.

Angel Brown, a high school student from Kingston, coordinated the button kiosk.

Naia Kraus, 6, from Tillson, and her mother, Ashley, compare their notes as they decorate picture frames.

Edie Hynes, 9, from Rosendale, and her sister, Lily, 12, show off the buttons they designed.

Partying in Kingston

On Saturday December 18th, DRAW Studio at Energy Square in Kingston hosted a Merry Makers Day. Children and adults alike participated in this free gift-making event. Supplies were provided to make ornaments, decorated photo frames, personalized badges, cards, gift bags and more.