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Susquehanna Greenway

SUNY Athletes To Expand Trails In City’s Wilber Park

SUNY Athletes To Expand

Trails In City’s Wilber Park

Tomorrow Is ‘Into The Streets’ Day

SUNY students will be adding a ridge-line trail to Wilber Park’s system tomorrow.

ONEONTA –  Tomorrow, SUNY Oneonta students will team up with Otsego County forester Joe Sweeney  and the Susquehanna Greenway to build a new nature trail on 50 acres on a ridgeline above Wilber Park.

As part of the college’s annual Into the Streets service day, 30 student athletes and other volunteers will spend the day building a trail in the Van Cleft Bird & Wildlife Sanctuary managed by the county Soil and Water district.

City, Town To Collaborate To Seek Greenway Funds

City, Town To Collaborate

To Seek Greenway Funds

When Oneonta Common Council meets Tuesday, it will be asked to approve collaborating with the Town of Oneonta on a $63,750 grant to complete components of a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan that would provide design concepts for improving access to the Susquehanna River from Southside Oneonta.  Also Tuesday, council will hold a public hearing on a $230,000 grant to enable the reopening of Nick’s Diner; a vote may be taken that night.  The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in City Hall.
Greenway Project Suspended, But Trails Still Open

Greenway Project Suspended,

But Existing Trails Still Open

Council Member Melissa Nicosia brought the resolution to suspend the expansion of the Susquehanna Greenway out of the recommendations from the Community Development Committee. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Council member Melissa Nicosia, Second Ward, brought the resolution to suspend the expansion of the Susquehanna Greenway to Common Council from the Community Development Committee. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The Susquehanna Greenway will remain open for biking, walking and recreation.
The Susquehanna Greenway will remain open for biking, walking and recreation.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for AllOTSEGO.COM

ONEONTA – For now, at least, plans to expand the Susquehanna Greenway are dead.

“The city would have to come up with $40,000 just to do a redesign,” said Council member Melissa Nicosia, Second Ward, who brought the resolution to suspend the project from the Community Development Committee.  “We would have to start the work by September and finish in January.  It’s just not in the best interest of the city.”

The resolution, which passed unanimously at tonight’s Common Council meeting, suspended the proposed plan to expand the Greenway in both directions for improved access and trails from South Main Street.  “We’ve had flooding since we originally designed the project,” said Nicosia.  “The plans we had no longer work.  And with the timeline, it’s just not feasible.”

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