Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail Community Connection Project

  • Project Goal

In partnership with the Village of Clayton, Town of Clayton and the Northern New York Community Foundation (NNYCF), the Thousand Islands Land Trust is working to complete the connection of the Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail to the Riverwalk in downtown Clayton. “Thank you to TILT for your dedication and commitment to connect our past Trails and Rails to our Riverwalk providing access from the heart of the village, for a wonderful outdoors experience.”- Norma Zimmer; Village of Clayton Mayor.

Together, we can meet ambitious goals to restore a piece of our region’s heritage, the historic railroad trestle bridge. “The Community Foundation is excited to be working with TILT to ensure the future for the Rivergate Trail and to help improve the region that we all care so much about,” explained Max DelSignore, NNYCF Assistant Director. The Foundation recently made a $100,000 matching commitment to TILT to establish an endowment and ensure the forever stewardship of the trail and trestle.

“Many communities lack up-to-date lodging and walkable downtowns. Clayton has a new $24 million hotel and a vibrant, walkable downtown: It is the County’s art, events and recreation center. This new trail will link Clayton’s downtown into the rural countryside.” - Mike Geiss

"Completion of this trail was a lifelong dream of Mike’s who passed away in May, 2019, especially as its use for bicycles and wheelchairs. Your support would fulfill his legacy.” - Sandy Geiss

Together, we can:

Connect this trail with the popular Riverwalk in the Village of Clayton, creating a corridor for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing, alongside our region’s most precious wetlands, creeks, grasslands and forests.

Restore and enhance a local asset, contribute to our vibrant quality of the life, protect our natural resources and provide recreation opportunities that support the vitality of our local economy.

Sustain nature and a piece of history by building an endowment and advancing the stewardship work required to maintain the unique piece of our region.

Your trestle. Your community. Your trail.

To find out how you can contribute, please contact TILT at 315-686-5345. Thank you for supporting this Community-wide Project!

 

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