Two county bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use trail projects will receive more than $1.5 million to encourage tourism and economic development.
On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the awarding of $965,200 for a trail from McCrea Point Park to Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron. Also, $611,200 will be going toward Section 4 of the Mayville Lakeside Pedestrian and Bike Path.
The projects include the addition of accessible sidewalks, improved pedestrian access to public transportation services, construction of new bicycle and pedestrian facilities and the preservation and conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for trail use, according to the news release from the governor’s office.
George Spanos, county public facilities director, said there will be a 20 percent match from local municipalities to fund the construction projects. Construction for the projects won’t start until the state appropriates the money to the county. Once that happens, the county will select a consultant to design the projects, and then construction can start. He said it is too premature to estimate when construction might start for either project.
”I know the state will initiate the agreement with us as soon as possible,” he said.
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi said the money for the trail from McCrea Point Park to Lucille Ball Memorial Park is Phase 7 of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk project. He said the county is the lead agency for the project, with Jamestown and the village of Celoron supporting the project. The county is the lead agency because Jones and Gifford Avenue, which is the street between Celoron and McCrea Park, is a county highway.
”My thanks goes to the state and congratulations to George (Spanos) and the county for a great application to get this funding,” he said. ”This is three units of local government collaborating to get the funding, and then to build it.”
With Phase 5 – a trail between McCrea Point and Clifton Avenue – construction underway and funding received last month for Phase 6 – trails through the city connecting McCrea Point to Panzarella Park near the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities facility – Teresi said people will be able to continuously travel along a path from downtown Jamestown to Chautauqua Lake in Celoron.
”This is absolutely fantastic news for the city of Jamestown and the village of Celoron,” he said. ”This is a recreation and economic development dream come true.”
As for the Mayville trail, Section 4 is part of a five-section plan to connect Barcelona Harbor to Chautauqua Institution, Spanos said.
”Section 4 takes it from Route 430 to the other side of the village to the village (Lakeside) park,” Spanos said. ”Then Section 5 will go along Route 394 to the north gate of Chautauqua Institution.”