FULTON, N.Y. — The New York State Department of State on Oct. 8 announced the completion of the Pathfinder Towpath Trail in the city of Fulton as part of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP).
The $1.1 million, multi-phased project was funded in part with $811,500 in Environmental Protection Fund LWRP grants that helped pay for the trail’s design and construction to increase recreational opportunities, support tourism, and spur economic growth for the region, the department said.
The new 2.5-mile trail segment includes a newly paved surface, kiosks, lighting, site furnishings, grading and planting, and interpretive panels. The new trail segment advances the goals in the city’s draft LWRP by “capitalizing on Fulton’s canal location to attract visitors and offer more recreational opportunities along the waterfront,” per a Department of State news release. The project also received $150,000 from the New York State Canal Corporation.
“This is an exciting time for Fulton. This new trail is the perfect complement to our ‘Fulton Forward’ mindset. It allows our residents and visitors to enjoy our beautiful waterways while exploring new parts of the community. This project would not have been possible without the support of our friends at the Department of State. They believed in our vision and as a result we are here today to celebrate what is just the start of our revitalization,” City of Fulton Mayor Deana Michaels said in the release.