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RIBBON CUTTING & TRAIL WALK ALONG THE O&W

Walk from the Neversink River to the Village of Woodridge

October 29, 2010

[WOODRIDGE] – Have you ever walked from the Neversink River to the Village of Woodridge?  The Fallsburg O&W Rail Trail Committee is inviting the public to attend a ribbon-cutting and trail walk on Sunday, November 7 at 1:00 p.m. in Woodridge.  The ribbon-cutting will take place at the new trailhead and parking area on Tabaczynski Road (also known as River Road and Avon Lodge Road) near the Neversink River just outside the Village of Woodridge.

A brief ceremony will mark the official opening of the new trailhead.  Light refreshments will be provided. Following the ribbon-cutting, the public is invited for a leisurely two-mile walk along the trail, which ends at the gazebo in downtown Woodridge.

With a grant from Sullivan Renaissance, Town of Fallsburg work crews cleared and graded the trailhead, laid down wood chips, and created a picnic area.  Woodridge Renaissance volunteers handled the installation of a new trailhead sign and planter. 

The improvement was part of an inter-municipal effort along the O&W Rail Trail that brought together four community groups and the Town of Fallsburg.  In addition to the trailhead, work included extensive landscaping at the recently constructed Visitors Center in Mountaindale by volunteers from the Mountaindale Action Committee and Sullivan Striders.  New interpretive signs and a trail map are also being developed through the efforts of the Mountaindale Community Development Project.

This trail is one of three segments of the old Ontario & Western Railway right-of-way that is open to the public as a recreational trail in the Town of Fallsburg.  Other segments include a 2.5-mile segment from downtown Woodridge to Mountaindale, and a separate 3-mile segment from Hurleyville to South Fallsburg.

In the event of rain, the ribbon cutting will be held on Sunday, November 14 at 1:00 p.m.  For more information on this event, or the rail-trail in Fallsburg, call Allen Frishman at 845-434-8811 x 301 or Helen Budrock at Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2462.