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TONAWANDA BIKE PATH TO OPEN IN '99

A plan to build a two-mile bike path between the City of Tonawanda's Isle View Park and Tonawanda town's Sheridan Park will get under way next year, officials said Friday.

In a news conference with county and other local officials, County Executive Gorski said construction of the Two-Mile Creek Bike Path should start next fall, with the path open for use in 1999.

A federal grant of $340,000 had already been earmarked for the project. The county recently agreed to set aside in its 1998 budget the remaining $285,000.

The path starts at Isle View Park, crosses into the city's Veterans Park, continuing to Fletcher Avenue, where it crosses Fletcher to run between Two Mile Creek Road and Two Mile Creek. From there, it crosses the creek, continuing to the East Park Bridge before ending at Sheridan Park.

County Legislature Chairman Charles Swanick, D-Kenmore, said the new path will be the first expansion of the River Walk in Isle View Park, which officials say is the most heavily used park during the summer in the County. Planners hope to obtain funding to continue the path so it loops back and ends near the town boat launch.

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