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2008 Central Catskill Park/ Mountains Smart Growth Program

Map of eligible communities along NYS Route 28 west of Kingston
Map of eligible communities

In May 2008, New York State announced the availability of $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) for smart growth implementation. The funds were made available to Central Catskill communities to encourage hamlet revitalization through streetscape improvements, signage, pedestrian amenities, and other projects that reinforce the historic land use pattern of the Route 28 corridor.

The Department received applications from each of the eligible communities, as well as two area not-for-profit organizations. Applications were evaluated through a pre-established competitive review process and selected for funding. Difficult fiscal conditions caused a significant delay, however funding was officially awarded in November 2010.

Awarded Projects
Awardee Amount
Project Description Partner(s)
Village of Margaretville $83,288 Margaretville Gateway Improvements
Installation of new trees, context sensitive lighting, welcome signs, and an interpretive kiosk to make key entry locations more attractive and waIkable and provide interpretation of nearby resources
Village of Fleischmanns $83,100 Fleischmanns Sidewalk and Park Improvement Project
Sidewalk construction and Village Park enhancement, including installation of sidewalk, replacement of deteriorated iron safety rail and the installation of period lights and rustic benches and railings along historic Wagner Avenue, to connect open space and cultural amenities in the Village
  • The MARK Group
Town of Middletown $83,333 NYS Route 28 Corridor Improvement Projects
Aesthetic and functional improvements along the NYS Route 28 corridor including sidewalk repairs, the erection of "Welcome" signs, park benches, garbage receptacles, planter boxes and repairs to the facade of the historic town schooI house
Town of Olive $43,000 Ashokan Roadside Picnic Park
Construction of an attractive resting place for travelers along Route 28, including a pavilion with two picnic tables, a clean water source, toilet facility and a kiosk to provide inforrnation about local history and culture, activities, and nearby attractions
  • Ulster County Planning Dept.
  • Catskll Mountain Railroad Company
Town of Andes $82,390 Project Calico - Phase 1 & 2
Establishment of a hamlet walking tour, guided by markers, leading to a foot-path and access bridge in the town park, culminating at the historic rail station. Development of a town logo, insignia, flags, banners and historic plaques based on the town's role in America's agricultural Anti-rent Wars
  • Andes Society for History and Culture
  • Catskill Center for Conservation and Development
Town of Shandaken $83,000 The Faces of Shandaken
Design and installation of solar-lighted informational kiosks, attractive roadside welcome signs, a small information center to be placed along Route 28 near the eastern entrance into town, and facade improvements to the Shandaken Town Hall
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Delaware & Ulster
$51,993 Delaware & Ulster Railroad Beautification Project
Relocation of historic engine and caboose, installation of landscape plantings and materials, including benches, picnic tables, bike racks, and related amenities to implement a landscape plan for a key gateway location in the historic and increasingly walkable hamlet of Arkville

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