What do you think about paving the PutnamTrail?

The Parks Department has been working for some time on a plan for the Putnam Trail in Van Cortlandt Park (this is the path that runs on the west side of Van Cortlandt Lake, where the old Putnam Railroad used to run. There’s a lot of conversation taking place about the Parks Department plans for the Putnam Trail — some people see this as a great improvement of the trail, while others see it as the trail’s destruction.

Basically, Parks intends to widen the trail, now approximately 8 feet wide, so that it has an 8-10 foot multi-use paved path and a 3-4 foot earthen path.

We at FIPNA thought we’d post some different opinions on the matter, and invite our readers to share your thoughts on the matter, and ask any questions you might have. We don’t promise to be able to answer every question, but perhaps together we can find the answers.
We’re going to start with two pieces that were published in the Riverdale Press a while ago — a Point of View piece by Michael Burke, and a response by Jack Marth.
Here’s Michael Burke’s piece:
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2 responses to “What do you think about paving the PutnamTrail?”

  1. Joann Prinzivalli

    Paving the Putnam trail through Van Cortlandt Park would allow better bicycle access from and to Westchester and Putnam County trailway systems. Currently, for those traveling from the north, the pavement stops at the Westchester/Bronx line, and for those without mountain bikes heading south, it means leaving the trailway for MacLean/Caryl Avenues (and the steep hills) to get over to Broadway to continue through the Bronx. It would provide an important link for bicycle commuters and recreational riders who don’t have big knobby tires on their bicycles – and it would provide easier access to the Westchester and Putnam trailways for those heading north from the Bronx.

  2. Suzanne

    There are birders, naturalists, hikers, the elderly, school children who want to “enjoy nature slowly.” These plans turn the path into a bikeway that removes what draws these special groups to this very special trail. Let’s preserve the trail AND make it accessible. There are ways to do this.

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