Completing the   Champlain  Canalway  Trail Community workshops January 2009
The Canalway Trail System <ul><li>Erie </li></ul><ul><li>Champlain </li></ul><ul><li>Oswego </li></ul><ul><li>Cayuga-Senec...
Champlain Canalway Trail Working Group <ul><li>Lakes to Locks Passage </li></ul><ul><li>Town of Halfmoon </li></ul><ul><li...
Our goal: <ul><li>Complete and promote an attractive and continuous route for the Champlain Canalway Trail from Waterford ...
What we are doing: <ul><li>Local trail “open house” workshops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify issues & opportunities  </li>...
State of the Trail <ul><li>58 miles total: </li></ul><ul><li>7 miles open today </li></ul><ul><li>13 miles planned or in c...
Existing & planned Trail Segments  <ul><li>Whitehall </li></ul><ul><li>Fort Ann to Ft Edward </li></ul><ul><li>Schuylervil...
Regional & Connecting Trails  <ul><li>Champlain Bikeways </li></ul><ul><li>Feeder Canal Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Warren Cou...
What’s happening on the Trail?
Why an action plan & why now? <ul><li>Take advantage of opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Locally-driven; “help ourselves” <...
What are some potential  trail opportunities? Alternative transportation Better health Close-to-home recreation Trail even...
Economic benefits of trails <ul><li>Local spending by day users: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Average $3 - $11 / day </li></ul></...
Trail studies in New York  <ul><li>Economic benefits to communities </li></ul><ul><li>Trail user surveys </li></ul><ul><li...
Trail marketing in New York <ul><li>Erie Canal Cycling guide </li></ul><ul><li>Inn-to-Inn Touring </li></ul><ul><li>3-day ...
Who will use the trail?
What is special along the Trail? <ul><li>Whitehall </li></ul><ul><li>Hudson  Crossing Park & Dix Bridge </li></ul><ul><li>...
How will issues be addressed? <ul><li>Type(s) of trail along the route </li></ul><ul><li>Public safety & emergency respons...
Future funding <ul><li>Transportation Enhancements (NYS-DOT) </li></ul><ul><li>NYS Environmental Protection Fund (NYS-OPRH...
Please give us your ideas: <ul><li>Issues & opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Mark up the maps </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more ...
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Champlain Canal Trail Planning

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The Champlain Canal Trail Working Group is planning the development of the trail from Waterford to Whitehall, New York. The Working Group is led by the National Park Service; Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program State agencies, municipalities and non-profit organizations forom the Working Group to plan the 58 miles of trail

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Champlain Canal Trail Planning

  1. 1. Completing the Champlain Canalway Trail Community workshops January 2009
  2. 2. The Canalway Trail System <ul><li>Erie </li></ul><ul><li>Champlain </li></ul><ul><li>Oswego </li></ul><ul><li>Cayuga-Seneca </li></ul>
  3. 3. Champlain Canalway Trail Working Group <ul><li>Lakes to Locks Passage </li></ul><ul><li>Town of Halfmoon </li></ul><ul><li>Hudson Crossing </li></ul><ul><li>Saratoga County Snowmobile Assn </li></ul><ul><li>Washington County Assn of Snowmobile Clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Washington County Planning Dept </li></ul><ul><li>Warren County Planning Dept </li></ul><ul><li>Saratoga PLAN </li></ul><ul><li>Saratoga National Historical Park </li></ul><ul><li>NYS Canal Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>Hudson River Valley Greenway </li></ul><ul><li>Parks & Trails New York </li></ul><ul><li>NYS Dept of Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Feeder Canal Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor </li></ul><ul><li>NPS Rivers & Trails Program </li></ul>
  4. 4. Our goal: <ul><li>Complete and promote an attractive and continuous route for the Champlain Canalway Trail from Waterford to Whitehall, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>historic towpaths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>community attractions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>on-street bicycle routes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>part of a regional trail network </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What we are doing: <ul><li>Local trail “open house” workshops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify issues & opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find ways communities can capture trail benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define trail route(s) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Champlain Canalway Trail “Action Plan” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local and regional action </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exploring ways to raise the profile of the trail </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Events & promotions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corridor-wide trails conference? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Encouraging local Canalway Trail projects </li></ul>
  6. 6. State of the Trail <ul><li>58 miles total: </li></ul><ul><li>7 miles open today </li></ul><ul><li>13 miles planned or in construction </li></ul><ul><li>16 miles defined but not pieced together </li></ul><ul><li>22 miles – trail route undefined </li></ul>
  7. 7. Existing & planned Trail Segments <ul><li>Whitehall </li></ul><ul><li>Fort Ann to Ft Edward </li></ul><ul><li>Schuylerville </li></ul><ul><li>Stillwater </li></ul><ul><li>Halfmoon </li></ul><ul><li>Waterford </li></ul>
  8. 8. Regional & Connecting Trails <ul><li>Champlain Bikeways </li></ul><ul><li>Feeder Canal Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Warren County Bikeway </li></ul><ul><li>Snowmobile Trails </li></ul><ul><li>Zim Smith Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail </li></ul>
  9. 9. What’s happening on the Trail?
  10. 10. Why an action plan & why now? <ul><li>Take advantage of opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Locally-driven; “help ourselves” </li></ul><ul><li>Identify ways to work together </li></ul>
  11. 11. What are some potential trail opportunities? Alternative transportation Better health Close-to-home recreation Trail events Bicycle tourism Fishing & boating access Link business to historic sites & other attractions Trailside art Boost real estate values Attract visitor spending to our communities Outdoor experiences for kids Safe routes to schools Walkable communities Local or regional trail & canal festival Snowmobiles bring business Preserve historic features
  12. 12. Economic benefits of trails <ul><li>Local spending by day users: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Average $3 - $11 / day </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Total benefits to host communities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$1.2 – $1.9 million / year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$200k - $600k / year in new money </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Property values: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>0% - 6% increase near the trail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier sales </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Trail studies in New York <ul><li>Economic benefits to communities </li></ul><ul><li>Trail user surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Property owners’ attitudes </li></ul><ul><li>Impacts on real estate </li></ul><ul><li>Trail safety </li></ul>
  14. 14. Trail marketing in New York <ul><li>Erie Canal Cycling guide </li></ul><ul><li>Inn-to-Inn Touring </li></ul><ul><li>3-day Tours </li></ul><ul><li>Champlain Bikeways </li></ul>
  15. 15. Who will use the trail?
  16. 16. What is special along the Trail? <ul><li>Whitehall </li></ul><ul><li>Hudson Crossing Park & Dix Bridge </li></ul><ul><li>Saratoga National Historical Park </li></ul><ul><li>Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Hudson River access </li></ul><ul><li>Locks </li></ul>
  17. 17. How will issues be addressed? <ul><li>Type(s) of trail along the route </li></ul><ul><li>Public safety & emergency response </li></ul><ul><li>Property values </li></ul><ul><li>Trail ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Costs of construction & maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Protecting & respecting private property </li></ul>
  18. 18. Future funding <ul><li>Transportation Enhancements (NYS-DOT) </li></ul><ul><li>NYS Environmental Protection Fund (NYS-OPRHP) </li></ul><ul><li>Recreational Trails Fund (NYS-OPRHP) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to $200,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Challenge Cost Share grants (NPS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Designated National Trails and RTCA-assisted rail-trails </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to $10,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hudson River Greenway Trails grants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to $5,000 </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Please give us your ideas: <ul><li>Issues & opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Mark up the maps </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more about & offer your thoughts on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trail benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trail planning & Trail use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trail construction & management </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>
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