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 60′ long had remained in private hands until now. That stumbling block to construction has just been removed!
Sue Poelvoorde, Senior Natural Resources Planner for New York State Parks, announced recently that “the State of New York is now the owner of the former Holochuck property…the last piece of the Black Diamond Trail corridor between the city of Ithaca and Taughannock Falls State Park.”
Poelvoorde wrote that “engineers and landscape architects are in the process of pulling together plans and specifications for the trail construction. We intend to go to bid in early 2014. If all goes well with bidding and contract approval, construction could start by fall 2014.”