Executive Fiala Announces Construction of New Trail in Northern Broome

BINGHAMTON, NY - Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala announced today current work taking place to create a 2.1 mile trail that will connect the village of Whitney Point and Dorchester Park. The County Executive was joined by members of her administration, Connie Newheart, President of Whitney Point Rotary Club, Carol Eaton, Superintendent of the Whitney Point School District, and community stakeholders for the news conference at the entrance to the new trail behind Whitney Point High School. The trail is scheduled to be completed by the second week in September and is estimated to cost $530,000.

“This is an excellent addition to Dorchester Park and the Whitney Point community,” stated County Executive Fiala. “The trail is another scenic route into one of our County's beautiful parks. We will continue to partner with communities to get projects off the ground and completed.”

Work has begun on the trail continuing along the damn, connecting the town center to Dorchester Park. The trail is ideal for biking, walking, running, and in winter months, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. The idea of the trail was suggested by Michael Decker of the Whitney Point Rotary club in 1997. Since then, the Whitney Point Rotary club has hosted several fundraisers for the project.

The Whitney Point Rotary club has donated $20,000 to the trail from fundraising efforts. Other funds granted to complete the project included: $200,000 from the New York State Parks and Recreation, $86,000 from the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), $136,000 from Broome County Parks and Recreation, and additional funds from the Broome County Highway Department.

Crews began laying macadam this week and have made significant progress. Trail construction includes the reuse of old asphalt millings, reducing the costs of the project. Connecting the town to Dorchester Park, the trail will be used by many all year round.