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City breaks ground on Downtown Connector.

Groundbreaking Downtown Connector
Mayor Ron Kim speaks at the groundbreaking of the Downtown Connector or April 18. Photo courtesy of The Saratogian.

On Monday, April 18, the City of Saratoga Springs broke ground on the downtown portion of the Saratoga Greenbelt Trail. The 10-foot-wide shared-use ADA-accessible paved path along High Rock and Excelsior Avenue will extend from the intersection of Lake and High Rock Avenues to the existing Exit 15 trail end on Excelsior Avenue. The project will also construct missing segments of the sidewalk on the south side of the streets to create a continuous sidewalk network. In addition, the city will be replacing 49 trees with 62 healthy trees better suited for the local environment.

This project will provide a crucial connection between downtown Saratoga Springs and Wilton, helping to cement Saratoga Springs’ status as a premier recreation and tourism destination. Construction will begin this month. A groundbreaking was held in front of the High Rock Pavilions, and the project will be completed by the fall. The portion of the trail in front of High Rock Park will be completed by the end of May in an effort to cause the least disruption to the public’s use of the park, according to the Saratogian.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of more bike paths in our city,” Kim said. “The city, and in particular Tina Carton, Admin of Parks, Open Lands, Historic Preservation, and Sustainability, has worked hard over the past few years to make this happen. It is a testament to this hard work that this project has the enthusiastic support of so many in our community, including Sustainable Saratoga, Bikeatoga, and the Saratoga Farmers’ Market.