ROTTERDAM- Schenectady County will benefit from two rest stops in Rotterdam along the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail and the City of Saratoga will make updates to the Hudson River boat ramp after receiving funding from the Canal Corporation and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
Schenectady County received $22,175, according to a Canal Corp news release on Wednesday.
“Schenectady County is proud to welcome 21 miles of the all-new Empire State Trail within our borders,” said Schenectady County Legislator Gary Hughes, chairman of the Economic Development and Planning Committee.
He said the funding will allow the county to build two rest areas along the trail, which include water stations, seating, signage and a “mapping feature that will highlight attractions and businesses.” local”.
Rest areas will be located at Kiwanis Park and the new trailhead parking lot in Pattersonville, said Erin Roberts, county communications director.
The grant is 50/50, with the county’s economic development team providing the additional funding, Roberts said. She said the project was to be tendered, but the county hopes to complete it this bike season.
“We would like to thank Canal Corporation for supporting these projects which will improve the user experience for residents and visitors alike,” Hughes said.
The Town of Saratoga received $8,000 in funding to upgrade its Hudson River boat launch, including adding a kayak boat launch, picnic tables, gate -bicycles and signage, according to the press release.
Saratoga City Supervisor Thomas Woods could not be reached for comment.
The grant funding is part of the Reimagine the Canals initiative, which aims to identify new uses for the canal, including for recreation and tourism, as well as to help the canal corridors economically.
“Reimagine the Canals is an initiative to showcase the grandeur of New York State’s canal system through a 21st century lens,” said Brian Stratton, Director of Canal Corp. “Through these grants, community organizations and local municipalities will have the opportunity to help revitalize the canal, enhancing the programs and infrastructure that draw visitors to this landmark each year.” We look forward to supporting the recipients of these grants and the continued improvement of this historic piece of New York State heritage. »
A total of 38 nonprofits and municipalities received grants in 2022 totaling $259,300. Grants ranged from $500 to $24,000.
“The combination of federal, state and local resources in support of community projects and events will benefit residents and visitors to New York’s iconic canals,” said Bob Radliff, Executive Director of the Erie National Heritage Corridor. Canalway in the press release. “We look forward to working with grantees to bring these innovative projects and exciting events to fruition.”
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