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Stillwater trail considered as project for regional council

A trail project in Stillwater has been identified as a possible priority project for the latest round of funding the Capital Region Economic Development Council is competing for.

The town is looking to develop two miles of trail that would be part of the envisioned 71-mile Champlain Canal Trail. If approved, the funding would allow the town to triple its existing one-mile of trail, said town Supervisor Ed Kinowski.

With the funding, Kinowski said, ""We can do engineering work and perhaps some actual construction."

Below is the Capital Region Economic Development Council's progress report, which includes its list of possible priority projects.

The possible priority projects include the high-profile request of $15 million for a film and television studio in Schenectady.

Maria Trabka, executive director of Saratoga PLAN, which is one of the organizations working on realizing the Champlain Canal Trail, said the funding would allow Stilwater to connect its portion of the trail to Mechanicville. "Mechanicville is working on a shoulder connection through the city of connect to the Zim Smith Trail in Halfmoon," she added.

Developing the trail is important, Trabka said, because it can be used for recreation, tourism and transportation. When people want to travel along the Hudson, she said, "[This trail] will be a people powered way to get there, plus it is beautiful."

A full story on the proposal will be in the Friday issue of the Daily Gazette

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Capital Region Economic Council Progress Report

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