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Trail Feasibility Study Updates

On March 2, 2016, Posted by , In Blog,News,Trail Study News, With No Comments

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Dear all,

Thank you to those of you who were able to join us last week! For those who could not make it, we’ll be having another Trail Feasibility Study Community meeting in Esperance on Monday, March 14th at 7pm at the Esperance-Sloansville United Methodist Church 175 Main St, Esperance, NY 12066.

SALT has partnered with SUNY Albany planning graduate students for the first part of the Study – the Conceptual or Vision Plan . This Plan along with guidance from NYS Department of State and Schoharie County Planning & Development as well as others, will advise SALT in facilitating the Trail Feasibility Study.

Curious about Next Steps?

  • April 2016: SALT will form a Project Advisory Committee, which will consist of a diverse range of stakeholders, for the Trail Feasibility Study.

  • May 2016: SUNY Albany planning graduate students will present their Vision Plan for the trail to SALT and the community. The Project Advisory Committee will issue a Request For Proposal.

  • August 2016: The Project Advisory Committee will select Consultants.  The Consultants will analyze greenways, blueways, amenities (benches, parking lots, etc.), cost estimates, agricultural, commercial, historic and recreational areas, and alternative trail alignments to name a few.

  • June 2017: The Consultants will schedule a public presentation on their findings.

  • December 2017: The Final Feasibility Study will be completed.

As part of our long term recovery efforts, SALT will continue collaborating with community members and professionals to build a vibrant and resilient region for all through the Trail Feasibility Study and other programs.

An artery that will enrich our valley, the trail will connect enthusiasts to many of our unique attractions and local markets . Future years may bring trail spurs that reach up into our surrounding hill towns, creating a healthier, happier and more connected community. Further, studies of trails in other rural areas show a related increase in tourism will have a significant impact on the local economy. A survey done on the Erie Canalway Trail showed that trail users bring in an average of $253 million each year in sales alone.

We are thrilled that there are over 300 community members that are specifically interested in the Trail Feasibility Study and we look forward to hearing from you again as we delve further into the Trail Feasibility Study. Keep in touch with us through our Facebook at Facebook.com/SALTrecovery.

Thank you for staying involved from all of us here at SALT!

Best,

Jerrine

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