Another helping hand for Rail Trail

Grant could portend opening of another segment in New Scotland, Voorheesville

— The Voorheesville Community and School Foundation has given a significant donation to help open the next section of the Albany County Rail Trail.

The group has awarded the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy a $10,000 grant to help open another section of the trail within Voorheesville and the Town of New Scotland. Most of the improvements needed to open the new trail section will be done by Friends of the Rail Trail members, a committee within the Conservancy.

“Opening this 2.4-mile trail will provide access from the center of the Village of Voorheesville through the town to Upper Font Grove Road for passive recreational use such as walking, jogging, wildlife observation, fishing access, snowshoeing and cross country skiing,” said Nancy Rucks, president of the Voorheesville Community and School Foundation, in a statement.

Rucks said her group was founded in 1999 to help “enhance the educational, cultural, athletic and organizational opportunities for the students and communities of the Voorheesville Central School District.” She said many people have spoken up to ask that money be provided for the Rail Trail and Foundation members felt it was a worthy project.

The funding will mostly be used to purchase materials needed for safety improvements, including decking and railing over Vly Creek. Protective chain-link fencing will also be welded onto the bridge spanning Route 155.

“This project is something we felt the community really wanted to see happen,” Rucks said. “It provides the community with additional recreational amenities and connects us with Slingerlands and eventually Delmar.”

New Scotland Town Supervisor Tom Dolin said New Scotland and Voorheesville were “fortunate” to have the continued financial support of the Foundation.

“This grant is very timely and much needed,” he said. “During recent meetings, community members have shown overwhelming support for the Rail Trail. Thanks needs to go the Foundation for the investment they are making in the community.”

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