The Grand Island Town Board will apply for two grants from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to fund the initial phases of the town’s Scenic Woods Bicentennial Park project.
Scenic Woods comprises 220 acres of wetlands, meadows, shrub thickets and forest on the east side of the island. The project would give residents year-round access to the site for such recreational activities as walking, jogging, bird-watching, bicycling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
The town is seeking $196,488 from the state’s Recreational Trails Program and $70,459 to match funds from the Municipal Grant program.
The town has already secured $164,321 from the Erie County Standing Committee of the Niagara River Greenway for the planning and construction of the project’s initial phases and has completed a master plan for the entire project.
The town is required to bond the entire amount of the project’s initial phase which has a price tag of $396,336. The first phases would install 7,194 linear feet of stone dust trails and 132 linear feet of boardwalk while adding vernal pools, interpretive signage, kiosks and rest areas.