For Immediate Release
May 3, 2019
TROY, NY –Mayor Patrick Madden is encouraging residents to participate in the annual Garnet Douglass Baltimore trail cleanup project on Saturday, May 4th.
Volunteers will meet at the trailhead on Hill Street, located between Adams Street and Jefferson Street at 9:00 a.m., and are asked to bring gloves, pruning shears, rakes or any other tools that may be helpful in clearing the trail way. Pants and long-sleeve shirts are recommended and participants are advised to bring bug repellent. Water will be provided for volunteers.
Mayor Madden said, “The work to reclaim the Garnet Douglass Baltimore trail restored a vital link between our diverse neighborhoods and valuable open space in Prospect Park. Maintaining this important walking trail requires continued maintenance and support from local volunteers, and I encourage residents to lend a hand to preserve this hidden gem for public use throughout the year.”
Dedicated to the first African-American graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the half mile walking trail was restored and reopened in 2017 through a partnership with the Friends of Prospect Park, the National Park Service Rivers & Trails Assistance Program, and the Troy Little Italy Quality of Life Committee.
Abandoned for decades, the now-Garnet Douglass Baltimore Trail was originally one of four roads that led into Prospect Park. Under the leadership of Mayor Madden and in coordination with local & federal partners and neighborhood volunteers, the approximately half-mile trail was cleared and reclaimed for public use. The trail expands the historic park’s trail system, directly connecting the Little Italy and South Troy neighborhoods to the peak of the approximately 84-acre city park. The trailhead is located on Hill Street between Adams Street and Jefferson Street in Troy’s Little Italy neighborhood and is open daily to the public from dawn until dusk.
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John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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