Donna Lynch and Bill Nickal of the Chittenango Creek Walk and Neighborhood Trail have just informed us of some very exciting news. Village Mayor Ronny Goeler received a letter today signed by Andy Beers, Acting Commissioner of NYSOPRHP, announcing that a matching grant of $200,000 has been reserved from the Environmental Protection Fund for the Dyke Road Spur of the Chittenango Creek Walk. The letter noted that $13.4 million dollars was allocated for municipal parks, historic preservation and heritage areas grants. OPRHP received 259 applications requesting a total of $61 million.
The Creek Walk and Neighborhood Trail Committee and the village government are working to develop 3.3 miles of trails linking village neighborhoods, the village commercial area, the Erie Canalway Trail, and a Village and Town park. Only recently the village cut the ribbon on an accessible, 1.09- mile multi-use trail along the banks of Chittenango Creek. The matching grant will allow the village to move forward with the next phase of this ambitious project that, when complete, will link the Canalway Trail and the popular Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum with the business district.
PTNY began working with the Creek Walk and Neighborhood Trail Committee in 2006 as part of our Healthy Trails, Healthy People program.