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Sunday, August 30th at 11:00 A.M.

August 24, 2009

[WOODRIDGE] – The Fallsburg O&W Rail Trail Committee is inviting the public to attend a ribbon-cutting and trail dedication on Sunday, August 30th at 11AM in Woodridge.   The ribbon-cutting will take place at the Veteran’s Memorial Park on Roosevelt Avenue in downtown Woodridge, next to the gazebo and rail-trail sign.


A brief ceremony will mark the official opening of a 2-mile section of the former Ontario and Western Railroad right-of-way to the public as a recreational trail.  Light refreshments will be provided, and musician Paul Lounsbury will perform an original song called “To the Mountains by Rail.”   Following the ribbon-cutting, the public is invited for a leisurely walk down the trail, which ends at the Neversink River where a railroad trestle once stood.  Volunteers will provide a shuttle service back to the park.


The Woodridge trail will be the third segment of the O&W rail-trail open to the public within the Town of Fallsburg.  A 2.5-mile segment from Mountaindale to Woodridge, and a separate 3-mile segment from Hurleyville to South Fallsburg, have been open and actively used as recreational trails since the mid-1990s.


Opening of the Woodridge segment is the culmination of three years of hard work by volunteers who make up the Fallsburg O&W Rail Trail Committee, headed up by Mountaindale resident Allen Frishman.  Overcoming several setbacks, volunteers cleared trees, widened the trail, removed debris, and replaced two culverts washed out by heavy rains to make the trail accessible.


In preparation for the official opening, volunteers with Woodridge Kiwanis and Woodridge Renaissance last year erected a gazebo and a sign with interpretive information, and brought in several truckloads of fill to create a beautiful trailhead lined by split-rail fencing.   That project was funded through Sullivan Renaissance, earning the group a third-place prize in their category ($5,000).


For more information on this event, or the rail-trail in Fallsburg, please call Allen Frishman at (845) 434-8811 or Helen Budrock at Sullivan Renaissance at (845) 295-2462.