GOOSEPOND BRIDGE REPAIR COMPLETED, VOLUNTEERS HOLD RIBBON-CUTTING
By Edie Johnson
Hikers in our area are a really passionate group and have beautiful trails through the Schunnemunk Ridge, connections to the Long Path, Highland Trails and even the Appalachian Trail to enjoy. In the Fall many of them spend much of their spare time helping to clear trails by clearing brush, moving logs and fallen branches This Summer when hiking enthusiast Jeff Zahn, the NYNJ Trails Conference and some good-natured volunteers discovered the treacherous condition of the Goosepond Bridge in Chester, they mobilized, made a complex repair plan, got permission from the state’s DEC, and went to work.
The bridge is an important link into Goosepond State Park, both for hikers and horseback riding buffs, it being a favorite for equine adventurers.
The work began in July with fundraising for some basic supplies. Then New York State chipped in and widened the trail so they could bring some trucks in loaded with over 1,000 lbs. of rocks, cement and millings.
On November 7, the volunteer crew celebrated a grand re-opening of a beautiful rebuilt bridge and a wider trail that will provide better access for all Park users.