The Yorktown Trail Town Committee opened the Mohansic Trailway last weekend, fulfilling a 20-year dream.
“This was an incredible joint opportunity and effort by so many people. Thank you for coming and welcome to another beautiful asset we have here in Yorktown,” Supervisor Ilan Gilbert said at the opening ceremony on Sept. 28.
The trailway links downtown Yorktown to FDR Park and was built by a network of volunteers.
Jane Daniels, member of the Yorktown Trail Town Committee, oversaw the project along with her husband, Walt Daniels.
“I can’t thank the volunteers enough,” Daniels said.
Ninety volunteers, from ages 11 to 80, helped construct the trail, boardwalk and bridges in the wetlands near Baldwin Road. They cleared brush, rocks and soil, and hauled 50,000 pounds of lumber on furniture dollies. They dedicated over 1,300 hours of work in all types of weather. Combined, their labor is estimated at the value of $25,000. Altogether, they constructed three bridges and 564 feet of boardwalk.
The Highway Department helped with construction, adding blacktop pavement at the entrance of the trail on Baldwin. They also distributed a mix of rock and cement on the trailway.
Austin Fritz, an Eagle Scout with Troop 165, helped build 50 feet of boardwalk for his Eagle Scout project.
The trail was funded through grants and donations. A 50/50 matching grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway helped fund the construction, along with the town and the Yorktown Trail Town Committee.
Donations were provided by Marvin and Susan Raskin Charitable Foundation, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and four anonymous donors.
Both Site Design Consultants in Yorktown and Lakeland Lumber helped with the trail by preparing engineering designs for the boardwalk and bridges and discounting the lumber used and providing free delivery.
The trail will be maintained by volunteers of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and volunteer Matthew Stillman, at no cost to the town.
Though far from the beach, Yorktown is now home to its very own boardwalk.