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Path from Williamsville to Canalside gaining traction

A proposal for a bike and pedestrian path connecting Glen Park and Amherst State Park is getting more support.

The Amherst Town Board this week agreed to work with the Village of Williamsville in seeking state funding for the new path. The town and village plan to submit a joint application this year through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application.

The project – which has been discussed by Amherst officials in the past – was recently resurrected by the village and Williamsville Trustee Chris Duquin, who wants to carve out new bike paths and lanes in and around the village so bicyclists can connect to existing routes leading to Canalside along Buffalo’s waterfront.

The town and village also will explore other funding sources, including securing money through the Niagara River Greenway Commission.

“The hitch right now is the funding,” said Councilmember Ramona D. Popowich, who is working with Duquin on the project.

Popowich’s colleagues on the board are supportive of the effort.

“That’s great,” said Councilmember Guy R. Marlette. “I’m fine with it.”

“I would like the village to take the lead on this,” said Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein. “They have a terrific record for getting grants.”

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