Clarkstown Board Approves Finishing Congers Lake Walkway

The project is expected to be completed by the summer.


The Clarkstown Town Board approved the bid and authorized funds for the final portion of the Congers Lake West Trail at Thursday’s meeting.

The project will complete the circle going around the lake, making it 2.6 miles. The project is expected to start in January or February and last about six months, finishing up over the summer.

Cal Mart Enterprises of Congers was awarded the bid for a cost not to exceed $4,144,414 with a 10 percent contingency fee. The board also voted on an agreement with Mayo, Lynch and Associates for up to $98,000 to provide engineering services associated with design for the trailway.

The board also approved a bond resolution for the construction, stating the maximum cost is $4,560,000, and authorizing an issuance in serial bonds to not exceed that amount.

On the resolution, it initially listed the projected as “emergency,” but Town Attorney Amy Mele said that was a typographical error, and the town board was voting on a revised resolution without the word “emergency” included.

JoAnne Pedersen, Clarkstown superintendent of Recreation and Parks, said since the walkway was built, people have been asking for its full completion.

“It’s probably the most popular thing we’ve done,” she said.

She said that a tree fell on part of the walkway during Superstorm Sandy, and so they put a chain up to block it off until the tree could be cleared. Before the tree was cleared, she said people took the chain down so they could use the walkway.

Theodore Simone January 22, 2013 at 10:40 AM
I am more than happy to see my taxes pay for a project that brings enjoyment to so many of the people who live in Clarkstown and encourages exercise. Congers Memorial Park is one of the gems of our community and I'm looking forward to being able to walk a complete circle around the lake. My thanks to the workers who keep it so clean.
Mary January 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM
What exactly is a "contingency fee"?
Z January 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM
There's plenty of places to enjoy and exercise in this town - Rockland Lake and just walking around your neighborhood as my family has done for years. But to borrow money which sooner or later will be passed on to the taxpayer is absurd when many many people in this town are suffering from high taxes, no jobs, no raises, etc. And Clarkstown will need to watch who exactly takes those walks around the lake as there are those from other towns outside of Clarkstown who have been seen using it.
Theodore Simone January 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Z, while it is true we have a wonderful park at Rockland Lake, it is State owned and you must pay to park your car there from May until October.
j d March 05, 2013 at 05:38 PM
The west path that is now being built is destroying wildlife habitat for many animals. How many trees are being cut down? All the brush is being removed. Waterfowl, turtles, frogs, possum, rabbits, deer, etc. all use this area for foraging and cover. Even more so since the South and North trails were created last year. This side of the lake, for many people who own homes on South Harrison Ave, has long been a beautiful view. Many bought their homes 40-50 years ago, and paid for that view. How much privacy will be lost, the view will be gone, replaced by a paved walkway and a fence. Unless you enjoy the idea of living in a public park when you sit out on your lawn or deck, there is no benefit for many of us. There will be no more fishing from the shore, setting out on a kayak or canoe or playing fetch with your dog in the water. I wonder how many people need to walk a complete circle of the lake and cannot enjoy what is already there. Apparently enough to warrant spending over 4.5 million dollars on this project. Did anyone ask the residents it affects the most? Exactly how does this benefit the "entire" community? For those who have asked for it and for those who are building it, I ask again, who and how many are you? When it is completed enjoy the trains and the soot and the high power transmission lines that hum while you walk over the bulldozed homes of displaced wildlife. I will be the one waving to you from my once private peaceful back yard.


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