There is a new trail open in Skaneateles, running North from Elizabeth Street to Parkwood Place, the new entrance to the Parkside Community off Fennell Street. The trail has been in the works for a number of years. Parkside Development, in agreement with the village board, the planning board and the zoning board, has provided the village with approximately 1400 l.f. of curvilinear, wooded and semi canopied trail. Composed of compacted grit, the path meanders along the West side of Skaneateles Creek providing partially hidden and open vistas of the creek at its best.
The "pioneering fathers" wanted a Green Space feeling - a linear space that would soften the new housing community while preserving the pristine shoreline. The trail can also be accessed from two locations off Orchard Road. Two wooden bridges are to be found on the trail, as is a bucolic pond complete with cattails.
Over a year ago, John Hennessey, then president of the Rotary Club, volunteered to add trees, shrubs and splashes of seasonal color along the trail upon completion. Well, it is time to begin the planting, either this fall or next spring! John and I have prepared a Master Plan and budget to this effect. Now the Rotary will secure the plant stock and I assume look for community involvement toward the Phase I planting. This a great opportunity for high school Horticultural Clubs, Scout Troops, Garden Clubs, and the like to step up and give John a hand this Fall. A formal ribbon cutting will be held soon.
Participate - make Creekwalk YOUR walk!
Scott Drahos grew up on his family's farm in Aurora, which is now the site of McKensie Childs Pottery. A retired army reservist and registered landscape architect, he has relocated back to CNY and now resides in Skaneateles. Reach him at email@example.com or he is often hangin' at the Creekside.