It's been 11 years in the making. Finishing touches are being done on a new nearly $1 million walking trail in Peru, New York.
Jackie Douglass is excited about a new walking trail being built yards away from her home in Peru, New York.
“The happiest places in America have walk and bike trails, just to enjoy family time and enjoy each other,” said Jackie Douglass.
While some residents are worried about new foot traffic coming to the neighborhood, Jackie sees it as an opportunity.
“If it brings people in to enjoy Peru, then that's great,” said Douglass.
“We want all the townspeople to actually enjoy it. It's theirs,” said Peru Town Supervisor Pete Glushko.
The Little Ausable River Walking Trail was first imagined back in 2003. And now, 11 years and almost $1 Million later, it’s almost finished
80% of the costs are being covered by grants. “We have to co-pay about 20% or so,” said Glushko. “There's a little bit of overage because of the length of time it took, the cost of materials went up so we've handled a little more of the 20%. We've handled all the overage too."
The trail will have many functions: a walk/bike path in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
The 2.5 mile trail loops all the town's parks. All those miles will be patrolled.
“All the town parks close at dusk, so nobody should be out here at night,” said Glushko. “We will be patrolling it with volunteers and with some town employees."
The town is planning a big kick-off party for the trails on October 4th.