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    Champlain Canalway Trail Plan Champlain Canalway Trail Plan Presentation Transcript

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