B'ville: South Shore East Trail underway

Plans for Baldwinsville's South Shore East Trail are coming together.

An eight-foot stone dust trail, which will meander along the river from Syracuse and Meadow streets to Community Park, was presented to the board last Thursday by QPK representative Dave Harding. QPK is the firm the village hired to design the trail.

The path will have a park-like appearance with tree plantings and river views and a 46-foot by eight-foot bridge, which will allow pedestrians to cross Crooked Brook into the northern-end of Community Park.

"I've spent 20 years pushing two things -- the local police service and that the river and water belongs to village residents," said Trustee Rick Presley. "I'm very pleased to see this happening."

The village received a $318,000 New York State grant to complete the project. The village share of trail costs amounts to $106,400, most of which has already been spent on the bridge and surveys.

"I find these trails will set us apart from other communities," said Mayor Joseph Saraceni.

Officials expect construction of the trail to begin in the next couple of months.

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