FULTON – At the request of Friends of Great Bear, Andrew York, a Boy Scout from Troop 119, Baldwinsville, as his Eagle Scout Project, designed a foot bridge across the Great Bear Springs Stream at Great Bear Springs Recreational Area.
Andrew secured donations for materials and organized the work party, made up from scout volunteers, family and Friends of Great Bear.
The lumber was pre-measured and cut to size ahead of time.
It was transported to the site, then assembled like a kit.
The bridge will connect an open section, crossing a stream near the Oswego River.
With the addition of the bridge, the southern section of the old tow path, rarely used, will be accessible.
In the future, it will connect with other trails at Great Bear.
The old connecting foot path along river’s edge will still be accessible for use by horses and others wanting to use the shoreline.
Located in Volney south of Fulton on Route 57, Great Bear covers more than 425 acres as a cooperative with the land owners of the city of Fulton, town of Volney, the NYS Canal Corp and private landowners.
It is a non-motorized recreational area for hiking, mountain biking, x-country skiing, snow shoeing and other natural outdoor activities.
The name is based on a Native American legend in which a young brave was attacked by a large bear near the springs.
The property also contains the historic Oswego Canal guard lock number 2 and towpath that were a part of the original Oswego River Canal.
Information about Great Bear Springs Recreational Area, including trail maps, can be found at www.friendsofgreatbear.org