FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2023
Mayor Noble Announces Poll for Naming
Broadway & Prince Street Greenspace
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to release a public poll to name the greenspace at Broadway and Prince Street.
The City of Kingston put out an open call for name suggestions on Engage Kingston, and, once collected, the Recreation Commission was asked to narrow the 62 suggestions to 10 choices. Now, the public is invited to cast a vote for the final name of the greenspace, among these options:
Broadway Community Park
Post Office Corners
Post Office Park
“We are pleased to include the community in the decision for naming this community space,” said Mayor Noble. “When we tore down a long-vacant and abandoned fast food restaurant, I envisioned this area returning to public use. Once the landscaping is complete, our hope is this greenspace will be a pleasant place to gather. I hope everyone will weigh in and help us choose the best name for this space.”
The greenspace on either side of Prince Street at Broadway was created when the City of Kingston bought an abandoned fast-food restaurant and realigned the intersection. The Broadway Grand Intersection Realignment Project was completed in October 2022 and local landscaping design firm KaN Landscape Design was contracted to develop landscape design plans. Phase 1 of the design is expected to begin in spring 2024. More information can be found at https://engagekingston.com/broadway-prince-landscape-plan.
A few of the name choices reflect that the space is the site of the former Kingston Post Office, which was built in 1908. By 1969, postal operations had grown larger than the building’s capacity, and the building was sold, then torn down. The Kingston community has mourned the loss of the architectural gem.
The Broadway Grand Intersection Realignment Project was another step in Mayor Noble’s ongoing efforts to create a safe, walkable, and bikeable City. The City recently released the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, a strategy document that builds upon completed projects that include safety features such as improved intersections, signals and sidewalks. Completed projects include the Broadway Streetscape Project, the Franklin Street Complete Streets Project, and the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Intersection Project, among many others. Current or upcoming road safety projects include the Henry Street Safe Routes to School Project, ADA curb ramp replacements across the City, Safe and Accessible Flatbush & Foxhall, the Uptown Transportation Improvements Projects, and many more to come.
Under Mayor Noble’s administration, the Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase 1 (Phase 2 is under design) and the Midtown Linear Park have been created, both of which provide off-street paths and connections for walking and biking. The Kingston Greenline is a network of urban trails, complete streets, improved sidewalks, bike lanes, and linear parks in Kingston.
The public poll is at https://engagekingston.com/broadway-prince-landscape-plan/quick_polls/name-poll.