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.
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.
With a mission-driven goal to cultivate a love for the region and connect both residents and visitors to the land, TILT is working to provide a transformative asset to our community through the creation of the TILT Discovery Center: The Gateway to the Outdoors. The Center will act as a hub where visitors and locals alike can learn about regional outdoor resources, a need that currently is not met. And with our organization embarking on a complete building renovation afforded through private donations, there is no better time to provide an interactive experience like no other in the Thousand Islands.
The Discovery Center will serve as an interpretive and educational space that will communicate the value of the land we protect, and the local recreational opportunities and access to open space that the region offers. We envision visitors leaving the Center instilled with appreciation and knowledge of the region’s unique ecosystem, natural resources, and cultural history. Visitors will be ready to explore the region’s public lands and help support this vital community. The main goal of the experience is to inspire people to get outside and connect with nature.
The creation of the TILT Discovery Center is made possible by the generous support of the Ferguson Foundation, Fresh Sound Foundation, Northern New York Community Foundation, Sweetgrass Foundation, St. Lawrence River Research and Educaiton Fund (SLRREF), the TILT Board of Trustees, and private donations.