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Stone Staircase Erected At Great Bear Springs

Pictured on the staircase from left are: Ed Wavle (Volney Town Board), Naneen Drosse, Margaret Bocsor, Mary Arnold, Peggy Hotaling, Kelvin Kio (Volney Town Board) and Dennis MacVittie.

Pictured on the staircase from left are: Ed Wavle (Volney Town Board), Naneen Drosse, Margaret Bocsor, Mary Arnold, Peggy Hotaling, Kelvin Kio (Volney Town Board) and Dennis MacVittie.

FULTON, NY – Friends of Great Bear is pleased to announce the completion of a natural stone staircase near the historic Oswego Canal guard lock at Great Bear Springs Recreation Area.

Pictured on the staircase from left are: Ed Wavle (Volney Town Board), Naneen Drosse, Margaret Bocsor, Mary Arnold, Peggy Hotaling, Kelvin Kio (Volney Town Board) and Dennis MacVittie.
Pictured on the staircase from left are: Ed Wavle (Volney Town Board), Naneen Drosse, Margaret Bocsor, Mary Arnold, Peggy Hotaling, Kelvin Kio (Volney Town Board) and Dennis MacVittie.

The stone steps replace a steep eroded hillside trail connection.

A grant was awarded from the Oswego County Community Foundation to help fund the construction of the stairs.

With additional funding and services from the town of Volney and Friends of Great Bear, the construction of the stone staircase was made possible.

An adjacent hillside traverse allows for bikers, horses and skiers to continue making the trail connection.

The natural design and construction was done by Fox Creek Landscaping to blend with the landscape and compliment the limestone color of the lock.

The Oswego County Community Foundation is a philanthropic initiative to attract and retain permanent charitable dollars for the benefit of Oswego County.

This charitable endowment serves as a collection of gifts from many donors who are committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in this region.

Information about the Oswego Community Foundation can be found at:  www.cnycf.org/oswego#.V3MaLiMrIdU