Actor Mark Valley presents plans for new walking trail in Ogdensburg at City Hall
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 6:01 am

By JIMMY LAWTON

OGDENSBURG -- Ogdensburg native and television actor Mark Valley presented plans for a new walking trail on behalf of the Fort De La Presentation Association Monday at City Hall.

Valley, who also serves as vice president for the association, gave a brief presentation on plans for Abbe’s Trail at the meeting.

The project would establish a walking trail at the fort and along the river near lighthouse point. It would also be tied into the city’s existing Maple Trail.

Valley estimated the total project cost at about $470,000. He said the association was not asking the city to contribute funding for the project, but believed the city could help support the project in other ways, such as advancing it through the city’s permit process.

“I kind of though the fort and the city could become friends with benefits,” he said.

Valley said the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation would cover the majority of the cost. Additional funding is also expected from the St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Association.

He said the fort’s share currently stands at $82,550, but the organization hopes to reduce that cost through regional grants.

Valley said the park will contract with the Office of Parks and Recreation this June and hopes to complete the project by November of 2015.

Valley also thanked the council for years of support.

Mayor Nelson credited the volunteer organization for their hard work and said he was sure the trail would be a success.

Association President Barbara O’Keefe said the project was a milestone for the group, which has overcome many obstacles throughout the years, including a legal battle with Exxon Mobil and the remediation of the once polluted site.

Valley, whose TV credits include “Boston Legal” and “Human Target,” has most recently appeared in the role of the CIA Director in the NBC series “Crisis.”