NEWARK — Officials from across the county joined the town of Arcadia and the village of Newark in celebrating the official opening of the newest section of the Erie Canalway Trail that connects Palmyra, Newark and Lyons.
A special ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Lock 28B near Clinton Street in the village.
“I have so many people to thank for helping us get from concept through construction and completion of our segment of the trail,” Arcadia Supervisor Dick Colacino said at the ceremony. “This trail supports our heritage by offering a beautiful means to check out various views of the canal that previously were difficult to access for most of our residents and visitors.”
The ceremony included a special dedication to former Town Councilman Tom Chappell, who passed away in 2009. Chappell is credited with having spearheaded the project, working to acquire a grant to fund the trail construction. The grant funding was stalled for several years before Colacino asked the state Canal Corporation director the time, Brian Stratton, to help him jump-start the project.
Chappell’s wife, Barb, and daughter, Robin, attended the ceremony to acknowledge the honor. A plaque honoring Chappell’s memory now hangs on a bench along the trail at Lock 28B, a fitting dedication, Barb Chappell noted as her husband had always been a thoughtful man who took time to think things through before acting.
“Tom brought his enthusiasm for nature and history to the table when he spearheaded the grant application that funded this endeavor,” Colacino said. “I am proud to do this for him and am confident that he would appreciate this small, humble tribute to him and all his work.”
The trail begins at East Avenue and follows the canal east, except for a portion that has been constructed along Old Lyons Road to avoid CSX railroad tracks.