Late in 2010 the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation released a list of more than 60 projects in 35 counties that have been awarded grants ranging from just over $13,000 up to $400,000 from the state’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).
The Columbia Land Conservancy (Columbia County) will receive more than $121,000 to complete final design, planning and engineering for an extension of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail that will connect Taconic State Park with the Hamlet of Hillsdale.
The Village of Chittenango, Madison County, will use $200,000 to develop a Master Plan for a soon-to-be-donated park property and a spur trail connecting this new village park and a nearby neighborhood to the recently opened section of the Chittenango Creek Walk.
The Town of Montezuma in Cayuga County will receive more than $49,000 to prepare a concept plan for Aqueduct Park, which will include the historic aqueduct that once carried the Erie Canal over the Seneca River and is a potential future attraction along the Erie Canalway Trail.
Top image: Walkers on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Bottom Image: Village of Chittenango Creekwalk ribbon cutting.