GLENVILLE -- The Glenville Greenway Trail System doesn't exist yet, but town officials are starting to put some effort into making it happen -- or at least deciding what it would look like.
The town late last week issued a request for proposals from engineering consulting firms to design a bike and pedestrian trail plan.
The study, which the state is funding, would create a plan the town could use to seek federal and state funding for an off-road system that would allow people to walk or bike between residential areas of Glenville and the town's commercial zones.
"This would be an engineering study to look at all the pieces we would have to connect, and how to make those connections," Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said.
The state's Regional Economic Development Council in late 2017 awarded $50,000 for the study. Koetzle expects completing the study would take at least the rest of this year.
There are currently sidewalks in the Town Center commercial corridor on Route 50, and a $1.8 million state "complete streets" project scheduled for 2022-2023 would add bike/pedestrian amenities along the Freemans Bridge Road commercial corridor. Koetzle said the town's goal is to create off-road connections between those areas and the town's residential neighborhoods.
"Our vision is to connect our neighborhoods to our commercial neighborhoods to our parks with pedestrian-friendly paths," he said.
Some trails already exist. Indian Meadows Park is now linked by off-road trails to the Andersen Park on Van Buren Road. The town is in the process of building an off-road trail along Glenridge Road east of the town center. Proposals for the engineering study are due by May 17.
At the same time, the town is seeking engineering/architectural services for an estimated $560,000 in improvements at Maalwyck Park on Route 5, with the goal of getting the work done this year. The work will include construction of a pavilion, playground, bathrooms and a concession stand. The work needing detailed design includes providing electrical service for the pavilion and future field lighting, and detailed design of the pavilion to ensure is meets all applicable building codes.
The park, which has numerous playing fields, has become popular with both league play and for community events like Oktoberfest. Proposals for designing the improvements are due by May 23.
Koetzle said the June Town Board meeting is scheduled for June 19, but a special meeting could be held sooner if the town wants to get the consultants working more quickly.