Onondaga County Legislator Richard Lesniak has announced Community Development funds are available for projects located in the village of Baldwinsville and the town of Lysander.
The village has been working diligently on a pedestrian/bike trail that will run along the shores of the Seneca River. Onondaga County's Community Development office has agreed to allocate $90,000 to continue this project. The project includes construction of a downtown, urban park along Denio Street, adjacent to the Seneca River. Currently, four trails converge in the central business district of the village, but do not connect. This project will connect all four trails and allow safe access to, and passage through, the business district.
This project will also improve access to various parks and recreation points of interest. Specifically, the plan calls for 600 feet of sidewalk with monolithic curb to outline the park and 400 feet of sidewalk to connect the existing Sergei Yevich trail to the River Street walkway and the proposed South Shore East Trail. Additionally, eight streetlights will be added to this section of the trail. This project will increase pedestrian traffic to the village business district and hopefully will increase business activity.
Forty-five thousand dollars will also be allocated to the town of Lysander to improve the bathrooms at the town park on Smokey Hollow Road. Currently, Lysander's town park bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible. This project will include the demolition of a block wall section and installation of new access doors to the bathrooms. Two sinks, four toilets and two hand dryers will also be replaced. When this project is completed, it will follow ADA requirements for a public facility. These improvements are important to maintaining a safe, handicap accessible facility.