The Yorktown Trail Town Committee is excited to announce the completion of the first phase of the long-awaited Mohansic Trailway—a 564-foot boardwalk beginning at Baldwin Road.
A ceremony marking the boardwalk’s completion was held on Saturday, Oct.13.
The boardwalk was built over a four-month period by a dedicated group of 60 volunteers under the direction and supervision of Jane and Walt Daniels. The volunteers worked a total of 741 hours on 32 separate work trips, with the Daniels putting in an additional 14 work trips to prep the site for the volunteers.
The volunteers ranged in age from 11 to 80 and included nine high school students and two middle school students.
Volunteers will begin Phase II of the Trailway, the construction of three bridges, later this fall and continue next spring. The Town is involved with Phase III, preparing the path at the Route 118 end of the Trailway and will be done in the spring. When completed, the Trailway will provide an off-road link between the North County Trailway and FDR State Park and from that park to many of Yorktown’s other trails.
The Mohansic Trailway is being funded by two 50/50 matching grants from the Hudson River Valley Greenway: a $7,500 grant to the Town of Yorktown and a $12,500 grant to the non-profit Yorktown Trail Town Committee. The Committee’s match is being met by a combination of volunteer time and donations that have helped cover the unexpected and dramatic increase in the cost of lumber. Additional donations are paying for the bridges.
Formed in 2014, the Yorktown Trail Town Committee’s dual mission is to leverage the town’s extensive network of foot and biking trails to promote economic development while at the same time providing greater recreational, health and social benefits to its residents and visitors.
Earlier this month, the Committee unveiled the installation of 26 directional signs on town roads designed to help residents and visitors locate some of Yorktown’s hidden hiking and mountain biking trails.
More information about the Mohansic Trailway and Yorktown Trail Town Committee is available at yorktowntrailtown.com.