Collar City Ramble Features Car-Free Fun and Adventure, Fifth Annual

PARK(ing) Day | Pop Up Public Parks installation 09/21 through 10/06
Collar City RAMBLE Main Event | 09/22 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

TROY, NY (09/12/18) — An annual alternative transportation festival, the Collar City Ramble, returns to Troy for its fifth year with an expanded selection of tours and events. This years programming includes and expanded participation in ‘PARK(ing) Day’ with 8 downtown locations. Pop Up public parks will be extended through 10/06.

“National PARK(ing) Day and the Collar City Ramble are tremendous examples of how Troy is embracing its creative and innovative spirit to further promote the city as a place to live, work, play, visit and shop. Troy’s historic architecture and unique position on the Hudson River provides visitors and residents an opportunity to explore our city from Lansingburgh to South Troy and all our neighborhoods in between,” said Monica Kurzejeski, Deputy Mayor of Troy New York. “The city is thrilled to collaborate with our community partners to make this vision a reality. We look forward to developing future neighborhood focused initiatives that support the continued growth our Small American City.”

Organizers of the Collar City Ramble festival encourage people of all ages to explore Troy’s urban trails by foot, bicycle, wheelchair, kayak, or any number of other means of getting around in this celebration of people moving under their own power.

The event is filled with walking and biking group tours, self-guided tours, kayak rides and new for the second year, a representation in the international PARK(ing) Day event. Even life-long residents of Troy may discover places they’ve never seen in their own city. Events are free unless otherwise indicated.

“Most people think of trails being in a park or forest, in nature, and we have those trails in cities as well, but an urban trail is a route that takes you from where you live to where you work or play or shop,” said Karl Beard, upstate project director for the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program in New York state. “An urban trail is just like a trail in the woods — it’s marked and shows you where to go — but it may start closer to home than a trail that you have to drive to. These trails can be transportation routes or recreation routes. They can also be storytelling trails that may highlight things of particular interest — stories of our neighborhoods, our waterfront.”

The RTCA program works to provide National Parks Service resources and expertise to communities throughout America. Transport Troy, organizers of the Collar City Ramble, requested assistance from RTCA to help them articulate a vision for a citywide system of interlock trails and complete streets.

“We are especially interested in bringing the health, environment and economic benefits of trails to places where most people live,” Beard said. “People shouldn’t have to drive to a state park or national park to derive these kinds of benefits. They should have access to them in their own neighborhoods.”

AN EARLY START | 09/21 – PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. This year there are eight participant spaces that will be left up through October 6th, allowing exploration on Troy Night Out and the September 30 Troy Farmers Market. Participating businesses include Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen, The Shop, Elixir 16, Little Pecks, Plum Oyster Bar, TAKK House, Daily Grind and Ecobaby. Each location will be an expression of the individual participants.

PARK(ING) Day began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

“PARK(ing) Day reminds us that public space can be created in the most unconventional places,” said Katie Hammon, Executive Director Downtown Troy BID. “Downtown businesses have embraced this idea and with the help of Transport Troy and the Collar City Ramble, have transformed spaces that invite downtown residents, workforce, students and visitors, to take a second, sit and enjoy their surroundings. This extended interpretation of a pop-up event is a great example of the artistic energy and grassroots community that exists here in Troy.”


Several varieties of urban trails star in this year’s Ramble, from the wild hiking trails of South Troy’s Burden Pond Environmental Park which will include a pre hike historical talk by Michael Barrett director of the Burden Ironworks Gateway Museum, to the new and developing River Front Trail, to the “water trail” on the Hudson River below the Troy Federal Lock and Dam, to the natural and landscaped trails in Prospect Park. Each trail provides a different experience, but all are located within the context of the city. Additionally, a series of live poetry readings will take place in various PARK(ing) locations curated by regional writers and poets D. Colin and Nancy Klepsch.


The newly expanded Uncle Sam Bikeway trail will be a big focus of this year’s Ramble Biking activity. Recent improvements have been part of a $1 Million dollars initiative that has been slated to be invested in the trail.

“Most cities are knocking themselves out to get a trail as good as this one within their city limits,” Beard said. “We are working to make tangible on-the-ground improvements to the River Front Park Trail and trying to find ways to get people more actively using it, maintaining it and making it better known.”


‘POETRoY in Motion’ The self guided walking tour of this years PARK(ing) Day installations will include live poetry readings, curated by regional writers and poets, D. Colin and Nancy Klepsch. These original works will feature the topic of ‘motion.’

‘Walk with a Doc’ Get your cardio going and have informative conversation in this popular format that includes a brisk walk with a doctor!

The ‘Troy Public Library Tour’ will be a group tour and learn about the amazing history and architecture of the Troy Public Library with renowned architectural historian, Suzanne Spellen. The tour starts at the RAMBLE Main booth and continues along 2nd street where she will highlight the prominent architecture passed along the way to the library. An interior and exterior history of the building will be the focal point of the building tour. Also, learn about the recently located documentation of the purchase of the priceless Aldus stained glass window from Tiffany.

‘Geo Caching in Downtown Troy’ Join the group as we explore hidden treasures in downtown Troy. Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunting game in which the goal is to navigate to a set of GPS coordinates and seek out the geocache container hidden there. There will be an introduction to geocaching followed by a hunt led by an experienced geocacher for some nearby downtown Troy caches!

‘Exploring Trails in Frear Park’ Discover Frear Park’s hiking trails, enjoy natural scenery and learn some history on this guided tour. The hike will go along the old Troy water reservoirs, pass by a beaver dam and pond and the waterfalls in the Piscawen Creek. Interesting native wildflowers can be found along the trails, and a stop will be made to enjoy the educational wildflower and butterfly garden near the Frear Park pagoda and fountain.

‘Hiking Through History Along Troy’s Wynantskill’ The Wynantskill trail is located at the Burden Environmental Park. Come learn about the local history and the changing landscape of south Troy shaped by the Wynants Kill from Colonial time mills to the Industrial Era Burden Iron Works. Start at the former Burden Iron Works offices to hear about and examine pictures and maps of the changing landscape. Reconvene a short drive upstream at the parking area of the Burden Pond Environmental Park. Then hike through an urban nature preserve with a deep gorge, a water fall and remnants of dams and infrastructure that supplied water power. We will stand in an area that had once been a mill pond. We will finish at a vantage point to see where the Burden Iron Works once stood and imagine what it all looked like.


Perhaps one of the most familiar and yet least used urban trail in Troy is the Hudson River.

“Most people don’t see Troy from the river,” said Pam Bentien, Collar City Ramble water trail coordinator. “One thing I’ve noticed about kayaking and boating is that it gives you a whole new perspective of the landscape. Kayaking in particular is suited for this kind of exploration because you get to poke into places that larger boats can’t get to. You get a duck’s eye view of the world.”

Ramblers can bring their own kayaks or canoes to the Ingalls Avenue boat launch just below the Troy Federal Dam and Lock, or use on-site kayaks from Upstate Kayak Rentals.

‘A Mile on the Hudson’ Join Donna Larkin of Upstate Kayaks for a relaxing tour on the Hudson River! Total round trip is about 1 mile on the open water. Kayaks will be available for rental or you can bring your own.

‘Adirondack Mountain Paddle Club’ Join with members of the Adirondack Mountain Club for the annual RAMBLE paddle event! Total round trip is about 3 miles on the open water. Kayaks will be available for rental or you can bring your own.


Take a bike ride through historic downtown Troy along the newest improvements on the expanded Uncle Sam Bike Trail. The trail is a combination of on street and off street bicycling and pedestrian improvements making bicycling and walking easier in Troy. Troy continues to expand its network of bicycling and walking infrastructure making all locations and points on interest in Troy accessible without the use of a motor vehicle.


This year, the Collar City Ramble continues its partnership with CDTA, which will provide free shuttle service between Ramble locations, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., doing a complete loop of all major points that have scheduled activities.

“The Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley is excited to be part of this community event because it recognizes that people with disabilities are an integral part of the community and want to enjoy everything there is to offer in Troy,” said Denise A. Figueroa, executive director of the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley located in Troy. “This event encourages everyone to participate by walking, rolling, hiking, cycling and kayaking.”

The center advised the committee on accessibility needs and although not all parts of the Ramble will be accessible, people with mobility impairments will be able to participate in many of the events.

“Our overall goal at the Center is to ensure that people with disabilities are included and can fully participate in all aspects of the community,” Figueroa said. “The Collar City Ramble is just one of many ways to make that a reality.”


The main hub and information booth for the Collar City Ramble will be at the Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market off Monument Square.

Or for a full event schedule of events and locations, visit: http://www.collarcityramble.com


The Collar City Ramble is an initiative by Transport Troy, a citizens group dedicated to improving pedestrian and bicycle lanes throughout the city of Troy. This year’s partners include:

TAP Inc., The City of Troy, Capital Roots, CDTA, The National Parks Service, Capital Coexist, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway, and The Independent Living Center with project management oversight by 2440 Design Studio.

The Collar City Ramble is one of the events of the Hudson River Valley Ramble and can be found in their listings. CDTA will be providing shuttle service from the Farmers’ Market to the outlying sites.

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