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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Trail Connections to Naples, New York

Grimes Glen Falls
a 60-foot cascade in Grimes Glen (photo from
from various sources

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced $3.3 million in grant awards for 32 trail-related projects around the state as part of the federal Recreational Trails Program. The grant awards were announced June 23.

“New York’s expansive trail system offers four-seasons of recreation for all who live and visit our great state,” said State Parks Commissioner Carol Ash. “Through these grants, New York will help connect people to the spectacular scenery and wide open spaces across the Empire State, while helping to improve the quality of life and economies of host communities.”

Funding is provided through the Federal Highway Administration's Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, usually known as SAFETEA-LU.

In Ontario County, $80,000has been granted for a spur to the Finger Lakes Trail System's Bristol Branch. The four-fold purpose of the Finger Lakes Trail Spur at Grimes Glen County Park project is to improve accessibility and usability of the trail at Grimes Glen, while increasing the overall connectivity between trail resources in the region.

The link will include signage, both route-finding and interpretive, along village streets and sidewalks to connect the Grimes Glen County Park to the entire Finger Lakes Trail, and also to the North Country Trail.

In November 2008, The Finger Lakes Land Trust and Ontario County partnered to acquire and permanently protect the heart of Grimes Glen in the Town of Naples, New York. The 32 acre property was purchased from Naples resident Don Braun.

Funds for the land purchase were raised by the Finger Lakes Land Trust and title to the property was transferred to Ontario County to manage as a public park. The Land Trust retains a conservation easement on the parcel.

Grimes Glen features a trail leading to two 60-foot waterfalls. In the spring wildflowers carpet the glen.

See CNYlink,"County receives park and recreational grant"
See Finger Lakes Land Trust, "Grimes Glen Protected"
See Grimes Glen County Park

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