GOSHEN – Another 2.2 miles of the Orange County Heritage Trail have been added that now extends the trail from Harriman to Goshen.
County Legislature Chairman Stephen Brescia said the new section will be a further amenity to all of the activity in Goshen now.
“Goshen is the envy of the county right now; everything is going on here,” he told a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Goshen Town Supervisor Douglas Bloomfeld also had high praise for the trail, a portion of which has been in the village of Goshen.
“The Heritage Trail is one of the busiest places. It is connectivity from one community to another,” he said.
County Legislator James O’Donnell, who represents Goshen, said the trail is more than just a recreational vehicle.
“This is about economic development. The health of the community is big thing when companies look to relocate,” he said.
The next stop to extend the trail is into the City of Middletown. That is expected to be completed next year
County Executive Steven Neuhaus said other former rail beds can be developed into walking-biking trails.
“There opportunities to expand new Heritage Trails, new rail trails into Blooming Grove or into the Wawayanda area,” he said.
This latest section cost $500,000 to create.
County and local officials said the trail could be an excellent alternate way for workers at the soon-to-be built Amy’s Kitchen facility to get to Goshen by walking or biking.
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