ITHACA, N.Y. — Construction for a new lakefront pathway in Allan H. Treman State Park is underway, though the rainy spring has slowed progress.
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is paving a trail that will start by the dog park and loop north along the waterfront. Previously, it has just been a grassy trail along the shore. Though the construction was expected to be completed mid-July, poor weather has pushed the completion date back, Fred Bonn, the Finger Lakes regional director of the OPRHP said. The contract ends at the end of September but should be completed before then, he said.
“We could use Mother Nature to cooperate with us,” he said. “So I have don’t have a definitive date.”
The trail has been created, in part, to allow people with mobility concerns to visit the waterfront.
“It’s a beautiful view,” he said. “I really am excited to have that shared by more people.”
The paving is part of the plan to expand the Black Diamond Trail, which currently extends 8.4 miles along an old railroad bed from the City of Ithaca to Taughannock Falls. The goal is to eventually extend trail current trail systems to connect to Buttermilk Falls and Robert H. Treman State Parks, Bonn said.
“That’s still many, many, many years out there,” he said. “That’s a big project.”
The trail is managed separately from the Cayuga Waterfront Trail plan due to its location on state property, but the two parks staffs have cooperated to make the trails feel similar, Bonn said. He said users will barely be able to notice a difference, as the teams collaborate on fixtures like benches and bike racks so the parks blend together.
According to Bonn, the total project cost $678,000 and was funded through a variety of sources, but mainly the New York Works/Parks 2020, the State Parks Infrastructure Fund and the Recreational Trails Grant program.
Featured image: Construction vehicles at Allen Treman State Park on June 5. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)