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Rosendale Community Access to Williams Lake

Artist’s Rendering of Outdoor Café along Rail Trail and Kiln Wall

Public Access

Central to the vision of the future Williams Lake Resort is a pedestrian design with increased public access to the property. The Williams Lake Project resort and amenities will be open to the public under a day-use fee similar to Mohonk Mountain House and other preserves and resorts.

The most significant public access enhancement is the opening of over 1½ miles of rail trail formerly closed to the public. Finalized in September of 2013, this land donation and conservation easement in partnership with the Wallkill Valley Land Trust and the Open Space Institute greatly expands public access to the property and allows for the reconnection of the historic trail to the City of Kingston to the north and New Paltz and Gardiner to the south. The rail trail will pass by the future resort hotel and will run adjacent to a historic interpretive center, an outdoor activity center, an open-air ‘kiln café’ and the extensive trail system.

Partnerships with Local Organizations

The Williams Lake Project will continue to partner with local organizations that share values of sustainability, wellness and outdoor recreation.  In particular, the Williams Lake Project is committed to source jobs and materials locally. Examples include partnering with local farmers and farmer’s markets to source organic food; working with local labor including unions during and after construction; and sourcing materials from local and regional suppliers.

Supporting Growth of Rosendale Businesses

The Williams Lake Project will help local businesses grow.  Demand for goods and services will increase as resort guests and home owners shop locally at area restaurants, shops, art galleries, and visit venues such as the Rosendale Theatre.  Direct pedestrian and bike access from the Williams Lake Project to Main Street Rosendale via the Rail Trail will help drive visitors to Main Street and further spur spending in town.