Heritage Trail's 2.2-mile extension in Goshen is completed

Goshen. The project's next phase will expand the popular trail another 4.2 miles, from Goshen into the City of Middletown.


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  • Pictured in the first row (from left): Barbara Martinez, Executive Director of the Goshen Chamber of Commerce; Travis Ewald, Orange County Deputy Commissioner of Public Works; Steve Brescia, Chair of the Orange County Legislature; James O’Donnell, Orange County Legislator; Jim Brooks, Orange County Parks Commissioner; Steve Neuhaus, Orange County Executive; Michael Paduch, Orange Couunty Legislator; Doug Bloomfield, Town of Goshen Supervisor; Stephanie Kistner, Orange County Tourism Coordinator; Jiana Barker, Orange County Tourism Assistant; and Harry Porr, Deputy Orange County Executive. Second row: Michael Amodio, Orange County Deputy Commissioner of Parks; and Orange County Legislators Joel Sierra, John Vero, Rob Sassi, and Barry Cheney. (Photo provided)




  • Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus shakes hands with Jim Brooks, Orange County Parks Commissioner, and Legislator James O’Donnell of Goshen looks on. To the right are Legislators John Vero and Paduch, Goshen Supervisor Doug Bloomfield, and Legislator Rob Sassi. (Photo provided)




Local officials held a ribbon-cutting on July 17 to celebrate the completion of a 2.2-mile extension of the Heritage Trail from the village to town of Goshen.

The Orange County trail was paved from West Main Extension Avenue in the village to Hartley Road in the town, making the linear park 16.2 miles long.

“The Heritage Trail is an important recreation destination, and this provides residents with even more access to it,” said County Executive Steve Neuhaus. “Tourists and residents alike visit the trail to enjoy the beauty of our county. The trail is also instrumental not only as an educational tool, but also as a contributor to the county’s economic development. I enjoyed working with the legislature, our department of public works, and our parks and planning departments, as well as the involved municipalities to finish this important project.”

The county spent $500,000 on the project and provided the labor.

Later this summer, construction will begin to extend the trail an additional 4.2 miles from Hartley Road to East Main Street in the City of Middletown. This next phase will create a 20.4-mile paved trail from River Road in Harriman to East Main Street in Middletown. It's expected to be complete in the fall of 2020.

Some 150,000 people a year use the trail for running, biking, hiking, and environmental and natural studies. It has access points in Monroe, Chester, and Goshen, and features historic landmarks, scenic views, a bird and wildlife sanctuary, and access to dining and shopping in the municipalities through which it runs. It's the second-most used county park behind Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Hamptonburgh.



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