The New York State Canal Corporation held the official opening of a 12-mile Canalway Trail segment in Onondaga County on May 31. The trail between Warners Road in Camillus and Route 31 in Jordan will link to a Canalway Trail segment currently under construction to create a 20-mile bike and hike path adjacent to the Old Erie Canal between Camillus and Port Byron.
The trail opening was part of the Canalway Trail Celebration, a series of events being held across the state to mark the progress of the Canalway Trail and to promote National Trails Day. This year, National Trails Day began on June 2.
An official dedication of the Canalway Trail segment was hosted by Canal Corporation Director Carmella R. Mantello at the Camillus Erie Canal Park. The event was attended by numerous State and local officials, community members and trail volunteers.
"Today's dedication represents another step forward in our efforts to connect canal communities and encourage increased recreation, tourism and economic development along the entire Canal system," Mantello said. "As with many other Canalway Trail projects, the partnerships forged between the Canal Corporation and numerous organizations, including state and local governments, are vital to the Trail's success. We are particularly grateful for our partnership with Onondaga County, the towns of Camillus, Van Buren and Elbridge and the village of Jordan, which own most of the right of way on which the new trail was built. Completion of the Canalway Trail will provide a tremendous statewide link, creating new and exciting recreational opportunities here in Onondaga County and all along the scenic and historic Canal corridor."
The 12-mile segment is part of a multi-million dollar program to complete the Erie Canalway Trail linking the Hudson River and Lake Erie. More than two-thirds of the 348-mile Erie Canalway Trail is now complete. The $1.2 million project was funded with Federal Transportation Enhancement funds administered by the New York State Department of Transportation.