Opening Date Set For Riverwalk Trail, Pedestrian Bridge

The start of the Chadakoin Park Trail near Clifton Avenue that will officially be opened to the public following a ribbon cutting ceremony in June. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

The long-awaited opening dates for two sections of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk have been set.

On Monday, Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, announced the official opening date of the Chadakoin Park Trail will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 29. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at a the new overlook area designed along the trail, which is close to the Eighth Street opening of the trail.

The Chadakoin Park Trail is considered Phase V of the Riverwalk. The bike path runs from Clifton Avenue to near McCrea Point Park. When completed, this section of the Riverwalk project will be a 10-foot wide blacktop bike and pedestrian path that will use the former J&W railroad bed that runs along the Chadakoin River from Eight Street to Clifton Avenue. The cost of Phase V is $525,162.

A state Environmental Protection Fund grant of $262,581 has been matched by the city with labor, materials and equipment.

The two pedestrian bridges located in downtown Jamestown along the Riverwalk will officially open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7.

Teresi said the Riverfront Management Council is planning several activities that will include food and music for the grand opening of the bridges.

The two COR-TEN steel superstructures that feature wooden decks, a rustic metallic look and lighting were installed in October, with one bridge connecting the north shore and south shore of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk below the Washington Street Bridge and the second bridge connecting the Riverwalk’s north shore with Panzarella Park.

In October 2014, state officials announced the city would be receiving $1.6 million in funding for the construction of the two pedestrian bridges. The $2 million project required the city to use the $400,000 First Instance Urban Development Action Grant as the local funding match.

Teresi said state, county and local dignitaries will be invited for both grand openings. The mayor also asked the public to not use the bridges and the trail because there is still landscaping and construction work being done for both projects. During the Jamestown City Council work session Monday, the group discussed how railing and fabrication work is still being done to two of three bridges being installed along the Chadakoin Park Trail.