UPDATED 2/25 @ 5:00 P.M.
Syracuse residents are getting their chance to say how they might walk along Onondaga creek, or bike or access a creek path from their neighborhood. The first of three public meetings on expanding the Onondaga Creekwalk was last night. Syracuse Facilities engineer Russell Houck has been working on phase two of the Creekwalk for two years and says the first portion has been beneficial.
There’s that recreation connection from downtown to the lake; it opened areas along that section as well. We’ve seen additional development in the Inner Harbor are and I think the Creekwalk has had a big impact on that to promote that development. We hope the Creekwalk phase II promotes some additional development south of the city as well.
There’s been a plan to extend the trail for years; a 2008 feasibility study laid out potential routes for the trail, but no plans are definite. The City of Syracuse wants to find the best location for the trail and how it might integrate into various neighborhoods. Houck says individuals, developers, or commercial entities will see an improvement in a neighborhood and want to take part.
We talked about promoting development, improving the streetscape and the look of the neighborhoods along the creek corridor, creating more access to the creek corridor itself. Those are the goals.
The second public meeting takes place Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Southwest Community Center; a third introductory meeting is March 4th at the MOST. After those meetings, final design plans will be brought back in front of the public for more input.
The City of Syracuse is starting to plan for the next phase of the Onondaga Creekwalk, and residents are invited to add their thoughts.
Three public information meetings will be held throughout the city to give the public an opportunity to comment on design options for Phase II of the Creekwalk. The proposed second phase of the Creekwalk will extend 2.2 miles, from Armory Square to West Colvin Street.