Stream project wraps up, park trails re-open
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Last week, crews put the finishing touches on the project including repaving parts of the pedestrian trail. Because of the construction, runners, walkers and bikers hadn’t been able to use the trails in the north end.
Tony Cannonito, president of the Valley Stream Running Club, said that the project did cause some inconvenience for his members, but they were able to find alternatives. “Obviously, it changed the course that our runners typically would run,” he said. “Our members learned to adapt to the situation.”
Cannonito said that a lot of runners like to cross over directly from Hendrickson Park to the trails at Valley Stream State Park. Since they hadn’t been able to do that, member were using stretches of Fletcher and Corona avenues to get to the state park.
He added that most members of the club, despite being inconvenienced, agreed that the stream work was necessary. “We can now look forward to cleaner and freely flowing waterways through Valley Stream and our parks,” he said. “We are very fortunate to have Hendrickson Lake, Hendrickson Park and the Valley Stream State Park running through the center of our community for all to enjoy.”
Hendrickson Park has about 1.5 miles of paved trails, while the state park has about 1.75 miles of trails. Members of the Running Club typically gather at Hendrickson Park every day, sometimes as early as 5 a.m., to go running, Cannonito said.
McAleer said that the project did finish behind schedule, and delays are attributable to Hurricane Sandy and other storms this winter. He said it was important to get the park open in time for a pair of races this coming weekend.