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Tompkins, Cayuga, and Seneca Counties, in partnership with the New York State Department of State and Alta Planning and Design, have completed work on the Draft Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail Plan and are seeking public comment on the draft plan between now and Tuesday, November 12. (Read our story on the Blueway Trail proposal)

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Take A Paddle – Finger Lakes available at http://www.footprintpress.com

The National Water Trail System defines water trails as “recreational routes on waterways with a network of public access points supported by broad-based community partnerships”. They provide conservation, recreational, and tourism/economic development opportunities and are focused on boaters, especially paddlers (kayaks, canoes, standup paddleboards, etc.). The Draft Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail Plan identifies the existing conditions along the lakeshore for paddlers; assesses regional assets; identifies gaps in access areas, and proposes locations for short term and long-term improvements and launch sites. It also describes opportunities to market Cayuga Lake as a paddling destination and lays out a variety of possible paddling itineraries, destinations and experiences on the lake for all abilities and preferences, from day trips to multi-day overnight adventures.

Comments can be submitted through the plan’s website directly until November 12th. http://cayugablueway.weebly.com/. Comments may also be submitted via email to Tom Knipe in the Tompkins County Planning Department, tknipe@tompkins-co.org. All comments received by November 12th will be considered as the plan is completed. The Final Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail Plan will be released before the end of the year, and it is expected that a coalition of partners from Cayuga, Seneca and Tompkins Counties will begin work on implementing the Plan in 2014.

source: Ithaca.com, link to original post

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The Town of Wilson Walkway and Bicycle Trail, is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving, Supervisor Joe Jastrzemski said Wednesday.

Niagara County Legislator David Godfrey presented the check from the Niagara County Greenway Commission at the Town Board meeting. The money came from the New York Power Authority. “It really enhances our harbor and business district,” the supervisor said. “It’s a beautiful addition to the town.”

The project cost $134,000 with $90,350 coming from the grant and $43,650 from the town.

The path extends from Park Avenue, through Shore Drive to the harbor. It ties the harbor and transient boaters to local business. Jastrzemski hopes that trail will be extended to the Tuscarora State Park in the future.”We’re grateful to the Greenway Commission,” said Jastrzemski to worked with Godfrey on the grant process. “The path almost complete,” he said. “We’re working on lighting and signing.”

source: Niagara Gazette, link to original post

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By William J. Kemble, Daily Freeman, link to original post

Work has been completed on a 4,500-foot section of trail named in honor of the late David Corbett on the town-owned Comeau property.

“David designed the plan for renovating the trails back in 2009, and it was … his plan and the work of a lot of other people that really brought the trails up to a high-class standard,” Councilman Ken Panza said during a Town Board meeting on Tuesday.

Corbett is credited with securing wood slabs that had been used for the Coney Island boardwalk and having them placed on the 76-acre Comeau property to keep people from walking through wetlands. In December 2011, about six months before he died, Corbett said the project had proven popular despite concerns from people who wanted to avoid putting manmade materials along the trail.

“We put in 220 feet of the now-famous Coney Island boardwalk,” he said at the time. “Despite some initial protestations, some quite loud, most people are now using it, including a number of people who originally had a problem with it and feel it is more than a worthy solution now.”

A board-approved resolution honoring Corbett credits him with creating a “model for collaboration between the town, the public and Woodstock Land Conservancy for future stewardship of the Comeau trails.”

Panza said another recent milestone on the Comeau property is the expansion of its soccer field.

“This is a project that was presented to the Town Board in … 2009, and now, almost exactly four years later, it’s done,” he said. “The soccer field has been expanded. The grass is growing. I’m not sure it’s ready to be played on yet, but this was a major project. It took a lot of time and effort by a lot of people working out the details.”

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Observer-Dispatch, link to original post

Little Falls celebrated the officially completion of the one-mile segment of the Erie Canal trail on Tuesday.

Little Falls City Mayor Robert Peters along with state Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton and several state and local officials cut a ribbon to celebrate the completion of a one-mile of the trail off of state Route 167 in Little Falls.

The section helps connect 40 continuous miles of the trail from the city to Amsterdam in Montgomery County. This completed section marks more than 75 percent completion of the trail, with about 60 miles of trail left to finish.

It is part of 10 miles of trail the Canal Corp. has been working on to help close the gaps in the 348-mile Erie Canal trail.

Stratton said the Canal Corp. is making the completion a priority, and the 10 miles currently being worked on is expected to be completed by 2015.

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Rails to Trails Project in North Buffalo Moves Forward

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New York’s Expanded Hiking Trails And State Park Restorations

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North Elba wants tracks gone, favors multi-use trail

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On September 4th at 11:00am the Developers of the Williams Lake Project will open their 1.5 mile section of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail for public access with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Honorable Maurice Hinchey, Congressman Chris Gibson, Senator John Bonacic, Supervisor Jeanne Walsh and County executive Mike Hein and many others have been invited to participate in this historic occasion. All are welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

The planning for the opening of the Rail Trail has been ongoing for more than two years now. The Williams Lake Project’s developers have been working collaboratively with the Wallkill Valley Land Trust and the Open Space Institute to create a permanent public easement for the rail trail through the more than 779 acres of lands owned by the development company. The trail will open under a temporary easement that will become permanent once the Williams Lake Project developers receive approval for their master plan by the Rosendale Town Board.

As with everyone else in Rosendale and the surrounding area, the Williams Lake Project’s developers are excited about opening this beautiful section of trail. The connection through the Williams Lake area north of the trestle will allow the general public, from as far south as Gardiner, to travel all the way to the city of Kingston for the first time since the rails came up on the former Wallkill Valley Rail Road line in the early 1980′s.

“Connecting the Williams Lake Rail Trail to the greater rail trail network has been a priority for us from Day One. We are thrilled to provide public access to the beautiful historic resources on the property and to take an important step forward in creating a connection between the Resort and Main Street Rosendale”, stated Tim Allred, Project Manager of the Williams Lake Project.

This historic event is one more critical step forward in creating a county wide system of interconnected trails and trail systems that will soon become the envy of New York State.

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DEP, Catskill Mountain Club open hiking trail at Pepacton

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By Roger Muehlig, Batavia News, link to original post

The town of Batavia will seek state funds to develop a bicycle/hiking trail along an abandoned railroad bed east of the city.

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Take Your Bike – Rochester available at http://www.footprintpress.com

The proposal looms as the possible start of a larger-scope trail project that has been in Genesee County’s vision for a long time, according to town Supervisor Greg Post. The trail would be located on a portion of the former New York Central Railroad’s old “Peanut Line.” “Hopefully, it’s the first leg of an extended trail,” said town Councilman Chad Zambito.

The Town Board, in cooperation with the city, authorized applying for a Transportation Enhancements Program grant from the state during a special board meeting Wednesday night.

The program would provide 75 percent funding for what Zambito said would be a biking/hiking trail stretching from Seven Springs Road to the city. The city and town would split $340,000 of the cost of the estimated $1.2 million project.

Post said there would be no monetary impact for the town, that most of its share of the project would be in in-house services from its engineering, highway and parks staffs. “We’re not looking at incurring additional costs,” he said.

Take Your Bike - Finger Lakes available at www.footprintpress.com

Take Your Bike – Finger Lakes available at http://www.footprintpress.com

Zambito, a member of the town’s Parks and Recreation Committee, said plans call for the path, adjacent to a proposed housing project, to be paved and hopes are that it would take bicycle traffic off East Main Road. Eventually, it could run along abandoned rail lines through the city to Pearl Street, he said.

The board authorized Stuart I. Brown/LaBella Associates of Rochester to prepare a grant application for TEP funds at a cost of $5,000. Post said the town should receive an answer from the state by the end of October.

Take Your Bike - Genesee Valley available at www.footprintpress.com

Take Your Bike – Genesee Valley available at http://www.footprintpress.com

The “Peanut Line” connected Canandaigua and Niagara Falls. Its route passed through towns including Le Roy and Batavia.

But the route eventually became redundant and a portion in Livingston County was abandoned in 1939. Most of the remainder was torn up by the 1970s, although some tiny segments remain in use, including in Batavia.

Portions of the old line have also been converted into trails in Amherst, Clarence and Canandaigua. These are included in the guidebooks “Take Your Bike – Family Rides in the Finger Lakes & Genesee Valley Region”, “Take Your Bike – Family Rides in the Rochester NY Area”, and “Take Your Bike – Family Rides in NY’s Finger Lakes Region.”

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