OSSINING, N.Y. A new three-quarter mile trailway is being planned for the Edward M. Wheeler Crawbuckie Nature Preserve area that can be accessed from Beach Road.
"There's been a trail there for many years but it's not at present the easiest thing to walk through," said Mayor William Hanauer. "This is part of the plan to create a riverwalk from Yonkers to Peekskill."
The village Board of Trustees passed a resolution Tuesday evening authorizing the village clerk to put the construction of the trailway out for bid.
The trustees also passed a resolution acknowledging the results of a State Environmental Quality Review Act study that revealed that there would be no significant environmental impacts resulting from the construction of a trail.
Village Manager Richard Leins said consultants have already been hired to work on a trail proposal, and trustees were awaiting a final presentation.
The Westchester RiverWalk is a planned 51.5-mile pathway that will span the Hudson River waterfront from Yonkers to Peekskill.
According to the county government website, when completed, the walk will span 14 municipalities, linking village centers, historic sites, parks and river access points via trails, esplanades and boardwalks.
Last summer, Ossining village officials unveiled a plaque that renamed and rededicated the Crawbuckie Nature Preserve to Edward M. Wheeler, a former mayor of Ossining who dedicated the 26-acre preserve as parkland.
Even after a Crawbuckie trailway is constructed, Ossining will still have several stretches of pathway to put in before there is a continuous path from the Louis Engel Waterfront Park to Croton Point Park, Hanauer acknowledged.
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