Tonawanda News — “All of it depends on when we get the grant distribution approval,” LaMonaco said. “The way it’s been going with the state, it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s too late to start next fall. But we are kind of hoping to get it during the summertime.”
The city also received $250,000 from the Niagara Greenway Commission for the project. The commission has provided funding for a number of projects, including the handicap-accessible Eastern Park kayak launch, newly installed in August, and the pavilion, a $1.2 million project that is nearing completion.
LaMonaco has completed his final walkthrough of the pavilion and contractors just need to complete punch list items before it is officially complete.
“They are basically housekeeping things,” he said.
LaMonaco also updated the council on yet another project, Rails for Trails, at the Dec. 4 meeting.
The project has been in the works since the 1980s and if it comes to fruition, will convert old railroad tracks to bike paths, running from the City of Buffalo to Tonawanda.
LaMonaco and Brian Rose, of the Erie County Department of Public Works, have been looking at two route options.
At the meeting, LaMonaco said one option, that would take bikers over Fremont Street bridge and onto Fillmore Avenue, won’t work.
“The path wouldn’t be wide enough there,” he said.
Instead, the path will likely end on Young Street, with bike racks being installed near Smoke on the Water and parking options at the nearby municipal lot.
The city will likely not be responsible for the funding of the project, with the majority of money coming from the federal government.Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.