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Our trail is open

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At long last

It looks like this is, finally, at long last, the trail we’ve been waiting for. This spring the park people started pretty early with work that didn’t really make much impact; very important, no doubt, but it didn’t increase the … Continue reading

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The trail on the map

This is an interactive map of the trail; you can zoom in to find cross roads, etc.

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State of the Trail 2015

Last week we heard from officialdom about how bids will be invited, contracts awarded, and work — yes, actual shovels and gravel and culverts — work will begin/resume/appear in a year. Meanwhile, the Black Diamond Trail is a resource that … Continue reading

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Trail Surfacing in the Works!

Feb 13, 2014. Today’s Ithaca Journal reported that Finger Lakes State Parks Regional Director Fred Bonn expects new work contracted by Parks on drainage improvements (culverts) and crushed-stone surfacing to begin by early Fall: “I think we’ll have sections of … Continue reading

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Great News–Last Piece Procured!

As many of you BDT trail-users know, although 99% of the land easements necessary to construct the Black Diamond Trail from Cass Park to Taughannock Falls State Park were procured by FL Parks several years ago, one small stretch about … Continue reading

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Wash-out south of Glenwood Hts Rd

Major flood damage from last week’s storms occurred just south of the Glenwood Heights Road entrance. GPS coordinates are N 42° 29.431 W 076° 32.436.  Thanks to Tiffany and Raven for these coordinates and photos —         … Continue reading

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$950,000 NYS funds for BDT!

This morning’s Ithaca Journal reported that $950,000 in NYS funds will go towards improvements on the Black Diamond Trail “including drainage, surfacing, railings and signage (Taughannock Falls to Alan Treman).” IJ journalist Haley Viccaro reported: “The funding is the second … Continue reading

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The Glenwood Creek bridge

There is still a lot of construction activity near Cass Park — a huge culvert project seems to be winding up with big concrete pourings in place, and pieces of culvert pipe lie along the trail, presumably waiting to be … Continue reading

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City of Ithaca Seeks $$ for BDT

ITHACA SEEKS  $15M GRANT FOR BRIDGE, TRAIL March 30, 2013   Ithaca Journal By Meagan McGinnes [Excerpts below — see full story at http://theithacajournal.com] ITHACA — The city has requested a $15 million grant to update city bridges and make progress … Continue reading

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