City of Troy to Restore Prospect Park Trail
Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy will restore a long-defunct half-mile walking trail located in the southwest corner of Prospect Park. When complete, the trail will directly reconnect the peak of the 80-acre city park to the Little Italy and South Troy neighborhoods and expand the historic park’s trail system. The restoration effort will begin with trail cleanup day on May 13 in cooperation with the Friends of Prospect Park, the National Park Service Rivers & Trails Program, and the Little Italy Quality of Life Committee.
Volunteers will meet at Hill Street between Adams Street and Jefferson Street at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 13, and are asked to bring gloves, pruning shears, rakes or any other tools that may be helpful in clearing the trail way. Pants and long-sleeve shirts are recommended and participants are advised to bring bug repellent. Water will be provided. In the instance of inclement weather the trail cleanup will be rescheduled to the following Saturday, May 20.
Mayor Patrick Madden stated “Amenities like Troy’s Prospect Park provide unique opportunities for residents and families to enjoy the outdoors right in our city’s own backyard. The effort to revitalize this former trail will increase direct access for our diverse neighborhoods to one of Troy’s most valued recreational spaces and further reveal the natural beauty of our city. The City is thrilled to work with such valued community and federal partners to complete this important improvement effort.”
Karl Beard from the National Park Service Rivers & Trails Program, said "There is plenty of work to do at Prospect Park, but I have been impressed by the interest and energy in the neighborhood. The National Park Service is happy to provide hands-on assistance, helping people in the community to get involved in restoring and maintaining this trail.
People in Troy are lucky to have such great parks, urban trails and natural areas right near their doorsteps. My hope for the city is that this is just the start."
Steven Strichman, Commissioner of Planning for the City of Troy, said “Prospect Park is a significant recreational asset that has lost its connection to the adjacent neighborhoods to the west. We are clearing this trail to again offer residents an easy 10 minute walk from downtown to the Park's summit through a scenic natural setting with spectacular views of Troy and the Hudson Valley.”
Peter Grimm, President of the Friends of Prospect Park, said “This trail project is in perfect alignment with the Friends mission to protect, improve and promote Prospect Park to benefit residents of Troy. We are happy to be part of this community collaboration.”
Sam Chiappone, Chair of the Troy Little Italy Quality of Life Committee, said "The revitalization of the path is a welcome addition to the Little Italy Neighborhood. The path will once again allow residents the opportunity to use a walking nature trail to access the park from our neighborhood. The Little Italy Neighborhood Quality of Life Committee welcomes the opportunity to be part of a larger group working on this effort."
Restoration of the Prospect Park trail will add to Troy’s growing network of walking, hiking and biking trails located throughout the community, including the Uncle Sam Bike Trail, the 24-acre Staalesen Preserve in South Troy, and various urban trails and walkways.
For additional information on the Prospect Park Trail restoration project please contact the City of Troy Planning Department at (518) 279-7392.