Public gathers for Windham Path informational meeting
Daniel Zuckerman is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media an informational meeting on the controversial Windham Path was recently presented by the Windham Area Recreation Foundation to approximately 75 members of the public. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has halted construction of the path system because, in its view, the proposed construction and use of the trail for mountain biking, would harm the area's wetlands and streams. For Legislator Lori Torgersen, a Windham business owner and a Foundation member, the multi-use Windham Path is about connectivity. “It’s about connecting residential areas in Windham,” Torgersen said. WARF President Nick Bove said the meeting was held to provide information about the path and to clarify the foundation’s intentions. Bove denied the Windham Path is intended for mountain biking, only. The plan, he said, is for a hiking trail, but the path would also serve as a route for mountain bikers to connect with biking trails. Bove said the meeting was "upbeat and positive" and at its conclusion there was "...a lot of enthusiasm for WARF and what we’re doing.” The DEP was not invited to attend the WARF meeting. When contacted, a representative of the department said the DEP's position on the Windham Path has not changed. He said the construction of trail infrastructure will not be permitted on land designated as forever wild, which protects water quality. The group's offer to collaborate on a low-impact hiking path still stands, he said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.