The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.


    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080

    Parks & Recreation

    Welcome to the dedicated website of Kingston Parks and Recreation. The City of Kingston boasts a large and dynamic Parks and Recreation Program from parkland to programs, the City of Kingston offers both visitors and residents with educational and engaging opportunities.

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    Summer Program Registration Begins March 14th!

    Registration for Summer Parks Program, Junior Naturalist Program, NJTL Tennis Program, Swim Lessons and Cook Basketball Camp all begin MONDAY MARCH 14, online, in person and over the phone. Click Here for full registration details. 


    Recreation Commission

    • Kevin Gilfeather, Superintendent & Secretary
    • Maureen Byrd-Blue
    • Jennifer Fabiano
    • Joe McDole
    • Nancy Mills
    • Christine Schrader
    • Ellen Venditti
    • Ron Woods

    Parks and Recreation Master Plan

    The Kingston Parks and Recreation Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County and Gilmour Planning are proud to present the Department's first Master Plan.

    This adopted plan, available here, is designed to guide the department for the next ten years and is an effort of the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play, sponsored by the New York State Department of Health.

    Check back here for more information or contact Kevin Gilfeather at or Steve Noble at

    Contact Information

    Administrator's Office
    467 Broadway 
    Kingston, NY 12401

    Kevin Gilfeather
    Recreation Supt. 

    Phone: (845) 481-7333
    Fax: (845) 481-7329

    Calendar of Events and Program Registration