Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WDT: New Planner Pushes Trails

    Urban planners talk about trails, but such developments have gotten a very tepid embrace locally. Perhaps it' weather.....or demographics....
     New and motivated planning staff at City Hall is trying to move forward the notion of trails and such initiative is needed to get things done.
     Waterfront parks like the Veteran's Walkway or Factory Square Park are used scantly despite good intentions over the years. There have been some wins with Black River development such as Whitewater Park.
     Changing an old, discredited industrial waterfront takes time, but the jury is still out on whether this form of recreation is embraced.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/watertown-developing-a-blue-print-for-the-black-river-trail-20160817

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Planners got to do something...

Anonymous said...

You apparently never go on the Black River portion of the trail. The trail is hugely popular with bikers, roller bladers and people walking.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear the powers that be are finally getting behind our water front and the trail system. I have seen several well done trails thru out the US and we have all the makings of something truly enjoyable for our residents. Hopefully, a few businesses will open and cater to those that will use the trails and create a few part time jobs for those that still want to work.

Anonymous said...

This should have happened years ago. To me, this was one of the biggest failures of your tenure. Access to the river should have continued to be developed. Instead, we planted an ambulance company where it blocked all future development. An uninterrupted bike path from JCC to Huntington St would have been possible, and it would have done more for the citizens than two Thompson Parks.

Anonymous said...

It will be just as big as the special launch for boats , and the wave that doesn't wave any longer. Failed, done, and just as much a waste of tax money. Remember how we were going to have national fame from that? Same pony show.

Anonymous said...

Why do these idiots try to blame the mayor for not doing what any number of others could have done. Instead of commenting here they should be writing lesson plans or preparing for staff development day or getting the sales force to sell another weather teaser spot to an advertiser.

It makes no sense to give up all commercial prospects along such a large swath of the river, in exchange for permission to apply for state grants for trails that few people will ever use. This city sucks and they are not happy unless they are begging Albany for free stuff or jumping through hoops to get free stuff. Meanwhile Albany is trying to ruin the lakefront communities all over the county by turning over windmill permitting to Albany and giving tax breaks to them by fiat without county approval.

I propose a bunch of windmills for that black river trail !!!