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State Parks Standing Committee to meet for project approval of West River Connector Trail

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Mon, Jan 30th 2017 01:10 pm

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Niagara River Greenway Fund Standing Committee will hold a meeting at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, to vote on funding for projects proposed to the Standing Committee by State Parks. The meeting will be held at DeVeaux Woods State Park and is open to the public.

The project to be voted on is the West River Connector Trail on Grand Island. The project was found to be consistent by the Niagara River Greenway Commission on July 16, 2013, and includes the following elements:

  • West River Trail Design, Bidding and Construction Administration Services - $410,000
  • West River Trail Construction - $490,000

Total Greenway Funds allocated to West River Trail Project - $900,000

The balance of the $2.4-million project will come from a federal transportation grant.

The State Parks Standing Committee receives funds from the New York Power Authority as part of a settlement agreement related to the 50-year license received by NYPA for the Niagara Project in 2007. In addition to the State Parks Standing Committee, three other standing committees were created to disperse funds those groups received in other settlement agreements with NYPA: Greenway Ecological Standing Committee, Host Community Greenway Fund Standing Committee and the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee.

The Niagara River Greenway Commission is a public benefit corporation established by Chapter 460 of the laws of 2004. It is charged with the planning and development of a greenway of interconnected parks, river access points and waterfront trails along the Niagara River from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario at the site of the historic Fort Niagara.

To learn more about State Parks, visit www.nysparks.state.ny.us.

To learn more information about the Greenway Commission, visit www.niagaragreenway.org.

For more information about NYPA and the relicensing of the Niagara Project, visit http://niagara.nypa.gov.

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