Following the completion of the restoration of the North County Trailway in 2020, the County began the restoration of the South County Trailway. Together, these connected trailways run the entire length of Westchester.
County Executive George Latimer said: “Outdoor recreation is more important than ever. In the past year, we’ve seen our parks become extremely popular and we’re proud to be able to provide these spaces to our residents. We are thrilled to be in the final phase of this project. Upon completion – bikers, walkers and joggers will have 36.2 miles of enhanced trailway to explore.”
The South County Trailway project covers approximately 6 miles, stretching from Barney Street in Yonkers to Route 119 in Elmsford. The scope of work includes the restoration of the drainage system, which will keep the trailway dry, and the reconstruction of the asphalt, which will allow for a smoother ride. Both address safety and will decrease the likelihood of accidents.
Signs, benches, traffic control gates, railing and plantings are also being installed along the path.
Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation Kathy O’Connor said: “Whether you’re looking to take a leisurely walk with the family or clocking miles on your bike, the North-South County Trailways are a great option. We look forward to the completion of this project.”
This project is the result of multiple departments working together; including the Department of Planning, the Department of Public Works and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation.
Legislator MaryJane Shimsky said: “Westchester’s parks are our most popular County facilities; and our trailways are our most popular parks. This section of the South County Trailway has been in need of repair for many years. Now we are nearing the point when the thousands of Westchester residents who enjoy this section of trailway will have a new surface on which to walk, run, cycle and skate. Thank you to County Executive Latimer and his Administration, and to the County Departments of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, Planning, and Public Works and Transportation, for their hard work and persistence in making these repairs a reality.”
Legislator David Tubiolo said: “Westchester's parks have been more important than ever to the people during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the South County Trailway, which offers green space to people in some of our more densely populated communities, like Yonkers, is one of our most used parks. The County Executive's office and the Board of Legislators have been working diligently to make sure parks like this one get the investment they need to continue to serve the people, and the work we're beginning now on this park is one important example of our continued commitment.”
Legislator Ruth Walter said: “The South County Trailway is a wonderful example of creative ways former industrial spaces can be reclaimed for recreational use. It's been a fabulous asset to the quality of life of the people of Southern Westchester. I'm so excited that the County is undertaking the process of maintenance and repair that will ensure that this great, much-used park, will continue to be a wonderful outdoor resource for all the people of the County.”
Construction is expected to be completed by next spring. For the latest construction updates follow the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation on Facebook and Twitter.