MOUNT MORRIS — People from across the county gathered at the Greenway Bridge for a dedication celebration in its honor today.
The Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway put on the celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of National Trails Day.
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Ned Holmes of the Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway acted as MC, introducing speakers Senator Cathy Young; Rich Parker, the regional director of Genesee State Park Region Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Bob Traver, the regional director of the Department of Transportation; Lisa Burns, the Livingston County Tourism Director, as well as Dave Nagel and Jane Schumaker, board members of the Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway.
“This is a great celebration,” said Senator Young. “This project is important to New York State and very important to us locally because it preserves our history. It’s also important to our economy. It attracts people from all over the county and all over the state. I wouldn’t be surprised if it attracted people from all over the world.”
The 12 feet wide, 450 feet long pedestrian bridge was constructed using abandoned railroad piers and was funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
A golden nut donated by Blum Brothers Customs in Fowlerville and a golden wrench donated by Second-Chance Merchandise in Greigsville were present at the ceremony to represent the bridge and the connections between the community it makes. The golden nut was presented to Livingston County Historian Amy Alden.