Paved path links trail with Zenner fields

Photo Kristin Schultz
Melissa McKinnon was among town residents and officials on hand for the official ribbon cutting of a bike hike connector between the Mohawk Hudson trail and the Zenner Soccer Fields. McKinnon also serves on the town's tree council.Photo Kristin Schultz Melissa McKinnon was among town residents and officials on hand for the official ribbon cutting of a bike hike connector between the Mohawk Hudson trail and the Zenner Soccer Fields. McKinnon also serves on the town's tree council.

By Kristin Schultz

Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — In the town’s ongoing effort to create a more pedestrian-friendly community, officials cut the ribbon on a new path linking the bike trail to the Zenner soccer fields.

The 0.2-mile-long paved trail is partially shaded and winds from the Mohawk Hudson Bike Hike Trail up to the soccer field parking lot adjacent to Craig Elementary School.

Town officials on hand for the ribbon-cutting, including board members John Della Ratta, Bill McPartlon and Lisa Weber and Supervisor Joe Landry, all called the bike path a community asset and thanked, among others, GE, which granted an easement for the project.

The town’s Safe Routes Committee identified the need for the connection in 2012. In 2014, the town applied for a grant through the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC).

In 2015, the CDTC planning committee approved the plans, and last year the easement agreement between the town and GE was finalized.

The total cost of the project was $173,000 with CDTC grants picking up $139,000 of the bill.

The ribbon-cutting was attended by officials from the Department of Transportation, CDTC, GE, the Complete Streets Committee and the town government.

Valley Paving was the contractor on the project.