Riverwalk Dedication, Groundbreaking Set For Tuesday

Linchpin sections for the overall Greater Jamestown Riverwalk will be in the spotlight Tuesday afternoon.

Starting around 2:30 p.m., the dedication for Phase IV and groundbreaking for Phase V will be occurring in the city.

Phase IV is the north shore extension that is the blacktop path of the Riverwalk along the Chadakoin River’s north shore. The path is approximately 1,000 feet long. During the project, decorative lights were installed; a streambank stabilization system using rip-rap rocks upstream of the Warner Dam was constructed; park amenities like benches, picnic tables and trash cans were installed; landscaping including trees and grass were installed; and prepared links and departure points for a planned pedestrian bridge crossing have been established. The estimated project cost is around $319,000, with $150,000 coming from a state Environmental Protection Fund grant, $150,000 from the city of Jamestown in labor, materials and equipment and $19,000 from the Gebbie Foundation, which included donation of land.

Phase V is the Chadakoin Park Trail and bike path from McCrea Point Park to Clifton Avenue. The trail will include a blacktop bike and pedestrian path over the former J&W railbed that runs along the Chadakoin River from West Eight Street to Clifton Avenue, near Fluvanna Avenue; additional blacktop trails will lead from the main path to a nature trail and river observation platform; decorative lighting; park amenities like benches, picnic tables and trash cans; and landscaping including trees and grass. The project cost will be $525,162.

A state Environmental Protection Fund grant of $262,581 will be matched by the city with labor, materials and equipment.

People attending the event are asked to park in the Blackstone-Ney or the Riverwalk Medical Center parking lots along South Main Street. People should arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for a short walk to the ceremony location at the end of the Phase IV trail. After the Phase IV dedication, the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase V will be held at Clifton Avenue, near D&S Glass on Fluvanna Avenue. A CARTS bus will be available at the Phase IV location for transportation to Phase V’s groundbreaking or parking will be available in the D&S Glass parking lot.



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Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi; along with state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean; state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-C-Chautauqua County; Greg Edwards, county executive; and Mark Thomas, state Western District parks director, are scheduled to be in attendance.

“I think it is another great piece of a long-term plan and dream coming into place,” Teresi said about the completion of Phase IV. “Phase V is going to be another huge step toward getting it built over time from border to border. Phase V is key because it will create the ‘V’ of the walkway going up the eastern and northern side of the river to McCrea Point Park where it will meet with the other side of the V to Celoron Park.”

Teresi said another future phase will develop the Riverwalk along Jones and Gifford Avenue to Celoron Park along Chautauqua Lake. Also, another planned future phase will pick up where Phase III and IV end now in the vicinity around the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities campus. This will also include the renovation of the McCrea Point boat landing.

Teresi said funding for future phases has been applied for through state agencies and is pending, with a possible decision by the end of the year.

“Next year, at this time, we could have a continuous trail from downtown Jamestown to Celoron Park on Chautauqua Lake on the west side and from McCrea Point to Clifton Avenue on the east side of the river,” Teresi said.

Teresi said another project for the Riverwalk includes a path from the back of the Gateway Train Station over the railroad tracks to connect to the Riverwalk’s north shore extension.

“This will extend the Riverwalk up and over the railroad tracks up to the train station, and into downtown Jamestown,” Teresi said. “When people get out to the dedication, they will be able to visually start to see the whole connection of the Riverwalk instead of just seeing it on a map. This has been a vision for decades and it is heartening to see it come to fruition.”