FULTON – The city of Fulton was recently able to complete sidewalk repairs along the Canalview Bridge Walk thanks in large part to a $5,000 donation provided by Oswego County Opportunities.
Mayor Ron Woodward, city employees, and city volunteers recently met to thank OCO for its donation.
“I am grateful OCO was able to help us with this project. The Canalview Bridge Walk is well used and I hope that with these repairs, more residents can safely walk the route that overlooks our beautiful river,” said Mayor Woodward. “I’d also like thank our city employees and especially our Department of Public works’ staff. They were able to stretch this donation and they did a fantastic job.”
C.J. Smith, Public Works Commissioner for the city, said his staff was able to fix 43 areas of sidewalk around the bridges that will help improve safety and accessibility along the bridge walk.
“I was happy to be a part of this project and am pleased that with OCO’s help and the great work of our crew the city could help make these sidewalks safer for people,” said Smith.
Leanna Cleveland said OCO was happy to assist the city of Fulton with this project.
“OCO’s mission to inspire partnerships and provide services that empower people, support communities, and change lives is exemplified by this collaborative project,” said Cleveland. “By making these investments, members of the Fulton community can more safely navigate the bridges regardless of physical capabilities. The project also demonstrates how multi-sector collaboration can truly move the needle on community health and equitable access. Together we can create change.”
Brittney Jerred and Marie Mankiewicz – two volunteers and co-founders of Fulton Foothpaths who have been working with city officials to improve sidewalks and trails throughout the city and other efforts – were thrilled to see the sidewalk repairs complete.
Both noted that the repairs complement other planned improvements set forth in a multi-use trail study recently adopted by the city.
Making this bridge walk more functional and user-friendly invites more people to walk and enjoy the Oswego River and the canal. We look forward to seeing more improvements like this for more people to appreciate our city’s rich history and scenic waterways, said Jerred and Mankiewicz, adding, A big thank you to OCO for assisting and thank you to the mayor and everyone who helped make these repairs a priority.
Smith, along with Joe Fiumara, executive director of the city of Fulton’s Community Development Agency, and Barry Ostrander, city of Fulton Parks director, have also been integral to recent planning efforts and the trail study.
Fiumara said this repair project fits in perfectly with the city’s planned trails.
“The goal of the trails is to improve pedestrian and bicycle circulation in the city, improve access to the city’s waterfronts, direct more people to the city’s parks and other public amenities, showcase Fulton’s history, and install public art,” said Fiumara. “The sidewalk repairs along this well-used bridge walk are exciting to see and align with the priority areas the city wants to focus on improving moving forward.”
In 2016, the city of Fulton was awarded a $61,500 grant from the New York State Department of State to complete the study.
Last year, the city contracted with Environmental Design & Research, the firm that is providing architectural and engineering services for the study.
As part of the grant, the city is also updating its draft Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan which will help the city plan for the future of its waterways and help the city qualify for additional grant dollars.
The city recently applied for a state grant to help construct the multi-use trails.