Halfmoon opens first leg of canal path

"The canal is part of the Upstate economy," Mantello said.

According to O'Grady, plans for the trail began more than 10 years ago after the land was purchased from the City of Mechanicville.

The town broke ground on the trail more than a year ago.

After the ribbon cutting, a tour of the trail was provided by O'Grady with stops at Old Lock No. 7, the stone culvert over McDonald Creek and the waste water weir.

"I think the trail will provide recognition of our history," O'Grady said. "We will be able to see things that existed."

The Halfmoon Champlain Canal Trail is one of several recreational trails along the Champlain Canal, which was one of the first canals in the United States and provided for the shipping of goods along the Hudson River.

The town passed a resolution to submit a grant application to the New York State Department of Transportation requesting Transportation Enhancement Program funding for expansion of the trail.

"We will continue to seek grants for any and all trails," said Town Supervisor Mindy Wormuth.

There were 40 other events statewide for National Trails Day, including a bike ride in Clifton Park, Sunday, June 8.""

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