Louisville island to receive $934,000 for 2.5-mile walking trail from NYPA
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 2:37 pm

LOUISVILLE -- The New York Power Authority has awarded a $934,000 contract to a downstate company for the design and construction of 2.5 miles of hiking trails on Nichols Hill Island in Louisville.

The new trails will provide both handicapped accessible and rustic sections and include a fishing pier, observation platform and hunting blind, according to a NYPA press release.

The trustees approved the competitively bid contract to Tahawus Trails LLC of Accord, in Ulster County.

“This recreational initiative provides another excellent example of NYPA’s commitment to help improve the quality of life in the North Country,” said Eugene L. Nicandri, a NYPA trustee and resident of Massena. “The new trails will bring great enjoyment to everyone who visits Nichols Hill Island.”

“We are pleased to offer environmental and recreational enhancements that will further promote the beauty of the North Country to tourists and local residents alike. The new trail, designed by award winning trail-builders, will provide opportunities for all people to experience the sights and sounds of nature for many years to come,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer. “Recreational and habitat improvement are an integral part of the Power Authority’s continuing mission to collaborate closely with the residents and communities of the North Country.”

Small equipment and hand tools will be used by Tahawus Trails to develop the Nichols Hill Island hiking trails. This will ensure protection of the island’s natural environment along the St. Lawrence River.

Tahawus Trails LLC is a member of the National Professional Trails Builders Association.