CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. – Thirteen upstate communities in New York will receive a combined $1.3 million dollars in grants from the NYS Canal Corporation toward projects.
The grants stem from Governor Cuomo's ‘Regional Economic Development Council' initiative, which was recently awarded $738 million dollars in funding across New York.
The grants will support thirteen projects in ten upstate counties, and 40% of the funding will go to REDC projects, including the extension of the Canalway Trail, expansion of public access to the canal waterfront and the leveraging of communities along the waterway for local economic development opportunities.
The Canal Corporation awards will support the following projects:
$150,000 to the Village of Fayetteville to complete Phase II of the Canal Landing Park project. The project will create a connection between Canal Landing Park, the adjacent Old Erie Canal State Park and the statewide Erie Canalway Trail.
$150,000 to the City of Geneva toward development of a lake-front museum and visitors center.
$120,523 to the Village of Palmyra toward the Nature Trail Project to fund the second phase of improvements. These will include new docks, additional parking and an expanded boat launch.
$50,000 to the Village of Phoenix on the Oswego Canal to rehabilitate and improve Lock O-1 canal park amenities for boaters and other visitors. A new pavilion will be installed along with restrooms and updated signage.
$150,000 to the Town of German Flatts for the development of a Town Park adjacent to the historic Fort Herkimer Church, the Erie Canalway Trail and the Erie Canal. Improvements will include an ADA accessible trail connection, trail surface improvements and park enhancements to allow for community programs and events.
$150,000 to the City of Rome for the restoration and rehabilitation of the Bellamy Harbor Terminal Building on the Canal. Rome has embarked upon a long-term, linear waterfront revitalization strategy as part of their overall community development efforts.
$55,000 to the National Heritage Trust to provide docking and other infrastructure on the Champlain Canal for waterfront access to the Saratoga Historic National Battlefield. This will fulfill a long standing need for access from the Canal to the Battlefield for both tour boats and recreational boaters.
$50,000 to Schenectady County for reconstruction of two miles of existing Erie Canalway Trail in the Town of Rotterdam. Funding will also support historic and environmental signage and a handicapped-accessible water fountain.
$132,500 to the Town of Halfmoon to fund the final design and construction of a new multi-use Champlain Canalway Trail segment. The project will extend several miles of existing Champlain Canalway Trail in Halfmoon to the Town of Waterford.
$76,000 to the Town of Waterford to make needed repairs in and around the Canal Harbor Visitor Center resulting in energy efficiency improvements, technology advancements and customer service upgrades.
$93,081 to the Corn Hill Foundation to provide a Canalway Regional Information Center on the River Walk at Corn Hill Landing. This is a Finger Lakes Regional priority project.
$75,000 to the Town of Clifton Park for creating and developing multi-purpose visitor access to numerous unique sites and locations along the Mohawk River and the Old Champlain Canal route.
$93,493 to the Town of Fort Edward for the Canal Street Farmers Marketplace project which will transform an 1880's Old Champlain Canal Barn into a source for agricultural goods from Washington, Warren and Saratoga Counties. Plans call for retail space inside and outside of the barn, the creation of green spaces to compliment and connect the farmers market to other downtown amenities and streetscapes that will incorporate historic canal-themed amenities and a more pedestrian-friendly downtown.
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