The award recognizes public projects that demonstrate innovative and notable planning achievements. The idea for the greenway was born out of an extensive upgrade of a sewer line that was damaged by a fallen tree years ago.
During the project, village engineer Paul Fraioli realized that the walkway required for routine sanitary sewer maintenance could be transformed into a pedestrian path. The result is an innovative public green space that runs under Ossining’s historic Double Arch Bridge and winds through the Sing Sing Kill gorge, inviting pedestrian access to its natural beauty for the first time.
"Who would have thought that a sanitary sewer project could become a magnificent public greenway winding through the heart of downtown Ossining? You would be hard pressed to find a more glorious or efficient use of public funds," said Village Mayor Victoria Gearity.
The greenway is ADA-compliant, has steel railings along its full 1,800-foot-run, with entry points from the lower parking lot of the Joseph Caputo Community Center (95 Broadway), and from a staircase to the Central Avenue Bridge.
The Planning Achievement Award will be presented to the village at the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation’s annual awards dinner on Thursday, June 2 at the C.V. Rich Mansion in White Plains.
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