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Otsiningo Park Trail Improvements

Town of Dickinson, NY – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston joined Congressman Richard Hanna, Broome County Legislative Chairman Jerry Marinich, Director of Parks, Recreation and Youth Services Art Garrison and Senior Engineer Leslie Boulton to outline upgrades to one of the trails in Otsiningo Park.

“These renovations will improve these trails for the people who walk them daily, but also for people who want to ride a bike, or skateboard or anything else,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “We thank Congressman Hanna for helping to secure the funding for this important project.

The project on the trail that runs from the Bevier Street entrance of the park, along the Chenango River will be widened from 8 feet to 12 feet and will be transformed from a walking path to a multi-modal trail.

“We will be addressing some drainage issues where water tends to pond currently, but the trail location and alignment will generally follow the existing path,” says senior Engineer Leslie Boulton.

Broome County was awarded over $406,000 from the Federal Highway Administration, which covers about 80% of the project.

The total cost is a little more than $500,000.

“Outdoor recreational opportunities, like walking and cycling, are among the many reasons that Broome County is a great place to work and raise a healthy family.” Rep. Richard Hanna said. “I look forward to seeing this trail project improve Otsiningo Park, and I thank County Executive Preston for her commitment to bettering the everyday lives of citizens in the Southern Tier.”

“Thank you to Congressman Hanna for his hard work in securing funding to make these much needed improvements to Otsiningo Park,” said Legislature Chairman Jerry Marinich. “Otsiningo is a gem in the County Park system and these enhancements will greatly benefit the entire community who utilize it.”

Otsiningo Park is the busiest park in the County park system and hosts several events including the Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally, the Otsiningo Farmers Market, many charity run/walks and the Broome Bands Together concert series.

“These improvements will make our trails safer and more pleasant when they are shared by walkers, bicyclists and others,” say director of Parks, Recreation and Youth Services Art Garrison.  “We have over 1 million people coming through the gates of the park and many of them come to use the trails.  These upgrades are necessary now, and in the long term.”

Construction will begin right after the Spiedie Fest and is expected to wrap up at the end of October.  During that time, the trail will be closed to the public.

To learn more about the project, you can log onto the facebook page South Otsiningo Multi-Modal Riverfront Trail.

 

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04/07/2015 - 2:39pm