YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Construction is underway on a “missing link” which, when completed, will connect 22.9 miles of trails west of Baldwin Road with 28.2 miles east and south of the Yorktown Heights area.
The 0.4-mile trailway, being cleared on a town right-of-way in between Baldwin Road and Route 118, is considered the final piece of the puzzle for Yorktown’s extensive trail system. The Town Board approved a wetlands permit for the trail in April.
“You can hike until your heart’s content,” said Susan Siegel, a member of the Yorktown Trail Town Committee. “And that’s what makes this the true missing link.”
Work will be done primarily by crews of volunteers who have constructed similar projects in Yorktown. The project includes a boardwalk over a wetland at the Baldwin Road entrance and three bridges over streams and culverts. Town staff will also assist with the project by clearing a berm and laying down material.
Jane Daniels, a trail volunteer, was lauded for her work in getting the trailway funded and approved. She said the length of construction depends on how many volunteers assist.
The trailway was made possible by two grants from Hudson River Valley Greenway: a $7,500 grant awarded to the town of Yorktown and a $12,500 grant awarded to the Yorktown Trail Town Committee. Both grants require a 50 percent match that will be met with administrative time of town staff and the Yorktown Trail Town Committee, the Highway Department and volunteers.
Town Supervisor Ilan Gilbert, who attended the June 2 construction kickoff, said Yorktown’s trails are a “wonderful resource.”
“It’s progress and preservation, and that’s what it’s all about,” Gilbert said.