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Wheatfield trail project will connect North Tonawanda to Niagara Falls

LEWISTON – The Greenway Commission has approved a request for partial funding to complete a $2.9 million bike path and walking trail on River Road in Wheatfield, which will connect North Tonawanda to Niagara Falls.

Also approved was a $31,500 project to construct a floating boat launch for paddle boats, canoes and kayaks at West Canal Marina, Pendleton.

The approvals for the use of New York Power Authority relicensing money were made during a board meeting of the Greenway Commission Tuesday in Waterstreet Landing.

The final hurdle for the grants is approval of the Host Communities Standing Committee.

The Town of Wheatfield had asked for $600,000 to $150,000 per year over four years – for the Phase II funding of the River Road Trail Project.

The town had been awarded $1.16 million from the National Scenic Byways federal highway program for Phase I, which was used to design the trail and complete half of it.

The 7,000-foot path will be 12 feet wide with a 4-foot-wide path of asphalt along River Road. It will connect Gratwick-Riverside Park in North Tonawanda to Griffon Park in Niagara Falls

The trail also will include benches, bike racks, landscaping, guardrails and signs where it crosses River Road.

In its application, the Town of Wheatfield noted it would be responsible for future maintenance of the trail.

The floating launch is targeted for West Marina Park at Tonawanda Creek and Townline roads, Pendleton.

The $31,500 grant was requested by Niagara County Parks and approved by Pendleton Town Board.

The proposed dock is considered so durable, it can remain in place during the winter, according to the project application.

Broken down, $25,000 of the grant would be for construction and $6,500 for signs.

Niagara County Parks will be responsible for planning, bid design, preparation, construction oversight and annual operation and maintenance.