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MEDIA ADVISORY | City of Troy to Dedicate Hiking Trail to First African-American Graduate of RPI
TROY, NY – On Monday, August 13, 2018, Mayor Patrick Madden will join representatives from the Friends of Prospect Park, Troy Little Italy Quality of Life Committee, the National Park Service Rivers & Trails Program and Rensselaer (RPI) to officially dedicate a recently restored walking trail located in the southwest corner of Troy’s historic Prospect Park as “Garnet Douglass Baltimore Trail,” in honor of the first African-American engineer and graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
WHAT: Dedication Ceremony for the “Garnet Douglass Baltimore Trail” in Troy’s Prospect Park
WHEN: Monday, August 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Hill Street (between Adams Street and Jefferson Street)
View map: https://goo.gl/maps/WRnsgAo1tDm
WHY: The “Garnet Douglass Baltimore Trail” is named in honor of Garnet Baltimore, a distinguished civil engineer and landscape designer, and the first African-American engineer and graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1881). The grandson of a Revolutionary War solider and former slave who escaped and settled in Troy, Baltimore spent much of his early career participating in the design and construction of bridges, canals, waterways and railroads across New York State, including portions of the Oswego Canal. In 1903, Baltimore made his most significant contribution to the Collar City with the design of Troy’s now historic Prospect Park.
Beginning in 2017, the City of Troy, the National Park Service, the Friends of Prospect Park, and dozens of local volunteers assisted in successfully restoring a long-defunct hiking trail located in the southwest corner of Troy’s historic Prospect Park. The trail expands the historic park’s trail system, directly connecting the peak of the 80-acre city park to the Little Italy and South Troy neighborhoods.
John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
[email protected] / (518) 279-7131
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