SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse has begun work on Phase II of the Creekwalk project, a pedestrian and bicycle trail which currently runs from Onondaga Lake to Armory Square in downtown Syracuse. The 2.2 mile extension, a 13-foot wide, paved asphalt surface adjacent to Onondaga Creek, will connect Walton Street in Armory Square to Colvin Street near Kirk Park West. The City anticipates hosting a community meeting in early summer 2019 to provide updates, allow for a question and answer session, and conduct a tour of key sites located along the Phase II trail.
Phase II work started in February 2019 with clearing of trees and brush along the trail corridor, removing old fencing, and installing silt fence to protect Onondaga Creek from debris. The Department of Public Works picked up 150 tires from the trail and several truckloads of large debris. Trash is also being picked up along the route as part of the project.
The next stages of planned work include grading of the trail; installation of power conduits; and the demolition of four vacant properties located on the 400 block of Temple Street, the 400 block of Midland Avenue, and near the intersection of Bellevue and Midland Avenues. The lots will be turned into green spaces. Additional components to be installed throughout Phase II include:
- New LED lighting; projected away from residences
- 20+ security cameras
- 5 emergency call boxes
- 2 wheelchair charging stations
- Trail signage and mileage markers
- 7 rest/viewing areas