Info session on Gateway Trail

This information session is at the Ithaca Town Hall, the old Post Office building on the corner of Buffalo and Tioga Streets, on Tuursday, April 3, 5:30-7:30 pm. There is no set presentation, so come whenever you can during that time.

The trail (red line) follows the Ithaca City/Town border along an old railroad grade, so it’s not too steep. The blue line is the East Hill rec trail; the part southwest of Stone Quarry Rd. is “Phase O ne,” and northeast of it is “Phase Two.” In the upper right, if you select “OSM Cycle mapping, it shows a lot of existing trails as well.

It will connect South Hill, Buttermilk Falls State Park, the retail/employment corridor along NYS-13, and the future Black Diamond Trail. When completed, the Black Diamond Trail will connect to Robert Treman State Park to the south and Cass Park, Allan H. Treman State Marine Park and Taughannock Falls State Park and Trumansburg. From Cass Park the Cayuga Waterfront Trail, when completed, will connect to the Farmers’ Market and Stewart Park. So, the Gateway Trail is another link in a great system of trails for our community.

The note from Mike Smith, town planner: The Town will be holding a public Open House on Thursday, April 3rd at Town Hall for the Gateway Trail project. The project proposes a new shared use path from the Home Depot area on Route 13 to the South Hill Recreation Way on Hudson Street. The corridor will follow an old railroad right of way. Please come anytime between 5:30 – 7:30 pm to view the exhibits of the project, share comments, and ask questions.

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