countywide trails committee
This committee, convened by PLAN, and currently headed by Katharine Petronis, Vice-Chair of Saratoga PLAN, consists of representatives of user groups (horse riders, snowmobilers, runners, walkers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, etc.) who meet regularly with County planners and administrators to advance the trail network proposed in the Saratoga County Green Infrastructure Plan. The committee focuses on trail systems that extend beyond municipal boundaries and have the potential for serving as alternative transportation centers as well as providing quality recreational experiences. The committee recognizes that not every section of every trail will be appropriate for every user group and appreciates the input of all user groups.
The public is welcome to attend the meetings, held every other month at the County office building in Ballston Spa. Meeting announcements and minutes are posted regularly. To receive periodic trails news by email please contact our office at 587-5554.
Board of Supervisors Trails Committee Top Goals
- Complete Right of Way acquisition to connect the Zim Smith Trail south and east into the City of Mechanicville.
- Champlain Canalway Projects.
- Identify funding dollars for the construction of the Waterford section of the trail to meet the Halfmoon segment that will be built in the spring/summer of 2014. Would provide 7 miles of continuous trail.
- Work with Scenic Byway grant and others to determine best method to bring Canalway Trail across Route 4 and 32 into Mechanicville.
- Support Stillwater, Halfmoon, Waterford and Saratoga in their efforts to complete the trail.
- Advocate with NYS for the extension of the Palmertown Trail from Moreau Lake State Park through the property currently owned by McGregor Prison.
- Facilitate agreement with NYS DEC, Lyme Timber lands, and Saratoga PLAN to provide legal access to the Spruce Mt Fire Tower.
- Assist and support equine advocates in developing a trail system on county forest lands in Moreau to connect with Moreau Lake State Park.
- Update the county and PLAN’s website for the trails throughout the county.