Plans call for expanding nature trails

NORWICH – The Chenango Greenway Conservancy discussed ways to apply grant money to improve the Greenway Riverwalk Trail in Norwich at a meeting held Wednesday.

The Greenway Riverwalk Trail, a recreational trail open to the public, begins in Norwich near Weiler Park and meanders its way through the county for six miles along side the Chenango River. The trail currently ends at the Jamba Flats area by the railroad tracks south of the city. The conservation group is a nonprofit organization comprised of Norwich citizens who worked for more than a decade to create an agreement with municipal officials before making the Riverway Trial a reality back in June 2009 when it opened. The long term goal has always been to eventually link up the Riverway Trail with other trails in the area, such as the Finger Lakes trail.

During Wednesday’s annual board meeting, the group reviewed the progress of the previous year. Last year, a grant was received from the Greater Norwich Foundation through NBT Bank. Marjorie Grap, Chenango Greenway Conservancy treasurer and program director at Headwaters Youth Conservation Corps, said the money amounts to $5,000 and will be used to construct historical signs along the Riverway Trial. “We aren’t going to start installing the signs though until the ground starts to thaw,” she said. People can expect to start seeing the signs on the Riverway Trial starting in early spring and possibly even sooner.

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