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Seneca Lake State Park unveils new trail linking Geneva to Cayuga-Seneca Canal

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Seneca Lake State Park has launched a fresh trail extension, connecting the City of Geneva’s trail system directly to the Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail.

The partnership between the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the City of Geneva has borne fruit in the form of the 2,130-foot-long, 27-foot-wide paved trail. State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid praised the trail as an enhanced recreational opportunity, emphasizing the outdoor allure of the Finger Lakes Region and the combined effort to amplify its significance.

Officials voiced appreciation for the collective endeavor, recognizing the project’s role in both tourism and community well-being. Joseph Venuti, City of Geneva’s Director of Public Works, highlighted the trail’s scenic nature and its safe access from the Cayuga Seneca Canal Trail to Geneva’s Lakefront Park, inviting enthusiasts to relish the city’s waterfront and business offerings. Meanwhile, State Senator Pam Helming emphasized the project’s role in augmenting tourism and fostering the local business environment.

The revitalized segment of the trail, previously an abandoned part of NYS Route 5, was accomplished with labor and equipment from the DOT and City of Geneva, and State Parks’ investment of $70,000 in materials. The new connection offers a direct route to the Finger Lakes Welcome Center, bridging the city’s 3-mile park trail systems and a recently introduced ½ mile mixed-use cycle track, funded through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative for the Rte. 5&20 Corridor Reconfiguration Project.