LET’S GET TO WORK — Pictured are, from left: Lori Szewczyk, director of community development; Councilman Dennis Feldmann; Supervisor Keith Dash; Sandy Brant, director of planning and Dave Kenyon, project consultant of Wendel Companies. Photo submitted by Brant.
EVANS — The town of Evans officially broke ground on the Sturgeon Point Nature Trail on Aug. 23.
The project is being constructed on a 26.6-acre parcel located on the northeast side of Sturgeon Point Road. It includes 950 feet of lake frontage, adjacent to the Sturgeon Point Marina.
“It has always been my belief that you want to give something back to the residents, something that will both enhance and promote the marina, while also promoting fitness and education,” said Supervisor Keith Dash. “The nature trail project, along with the Sturgeon Point Marina, will serve as a catalyst for more tourism-related, economic development opportunities.”
The project consists of a porous asphalt driveway entrance and parking area, approximately 1,850 linear feet of 6-foot wide wood chip walking trails, two picnic shelters with grills and a gazebo overlooking Lake Erie.
The construction is designed to protect the existing hydrology and minimize impacts to the wetlands and wetland buffer areas within the property, according to town officials.
“With the presence of the wetlands, the use of the site is somewhat limited, so we feel this nature trail makes wonderful use of the site,” said Sandy Brant, the director of planning. “We are excited to be developing this property for use by our residents, as well as tourists visiting our marina, community and region.”