By Stephen Williams
There’s a new walking trail through the woods between the town’s Indian Meadows Park on Droms Road and the Anderson Dog Park on Van Buren Road, thanks to efforts this fall by the town of Glenville and volunteer groups.
The trail passes through woods on the Mekeel Christian Academy property off Cypress Drive and incorporates a newly constructed boardwalk over wetlands.
Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle called the trail an important link in a long-term vision to connect the entire town with pedestrian trails, so people can exercise or bicycle to destinations without using a motor vehicle.
“Once you’re at Van Buren Road, you can link to the Town Center, and we’ll link to the neighborhoods,” Koetzle said on Nov. 30 at the 190-foot wooden boardwalk. “That’s the big long-term vision.”
The roughly 2-mile trail linking the two parks was built over the past two months, largely with volunteer labor provided by the Glenville Rotary Club, the Parkside YMCA and some local companies.
Indian Meadows, the town’s largest and most-utilized park, has been expanded in recent years, while the dog park opened about two years ago, roughly eight years after the Anderson family bequested the land at Van Buren and Swaggertown roads to the town. A master plan written after the Anderson property was acquired envisioned a trail link between the two parks, once Anderson was built.
“We’ve been talking about this for years,” Koetzle said. “Once the dog park was done, this became the next step.”
The two town properties are separated only by the 39-acre Mekeel property, a former Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake elementary school and later a district administration building that Mekeel bought in 2016, with plans to someday expand into it. Mekeel officials agreed to let the town’s trail cross the property.
The boardwalk, finished in mid-November, crosses an unnamed tributary of the Indian Kill and its associated wetlands, and was built to be sturdy enough for small off-road vehicles, as well as walkers and hikers.
“It will handle snowmobiles, ATVs, utility vehicles,” said Andy Tomko, a Glenville Rotarian who designed the boardwalk.
The town paid about $4,000 for the pressure-treated lumber and other materials, but the construction was done by volunteers over several weekends. The town also pursued the needed permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Koetzle said an official ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for some point in the near future.
“It’s going to be open to cross-country skiing, hiking and bicycling. I’ve bicycled it, and it’s spectacular,” said Glenville Deputy Town Supervisor Jamie McFarland, who owns a fat-tire bicycle.
With the walking trail complete, Koetzle said the town’s next step in developing a townwide system will be pursuing grant funding for construction of a pedestrian-bike trail from the dog park to the Town Center area along Route 50, where supermarkets, banks, stores and restaurants are located.