Master Plan
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Seneca Lake State Park is currently redesigning its lakeshore trail to extend from the City of Geneva’s Lakefront Promenade
(Figure 1) across the swimming area and new play facilities to the marina at the southwest corner of the park. The proposed Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail will begin near the pavilion in the vicinity of the new playground. From this point it will head north in the west shoulder of the park road (Figure 2) then cross the park and run parallel to NY Route 5 & 20. Following the shoulder of the state highway, the trail will turn to the east and go under the active railroad bridge that crosses over 5 and 20, then turn south in the west shoulder of NY Route 96A (Figure 3). Fencing may be required to limit off-hour access to Seneca Lake State Park from Rt. 5 & 20. The trail will stay in this shoulder until it approaches the Seneca River/Cayuga-Seneca Canal. It will follow a gravel access road ramping down until it turns to the east under the NY Route 96A bridge that passes over the Canal. An alternative trail route follows the east edge of the State Park Marina until it meets the Cayuga-Seneca Canal. The trail then turns left under the active railroad line on a structure cantilevered from the railroad bridge abutment over the canal. Canal Corporation review will be required to ensure that canal navigability is not compromised by this structure. The trail will then turn to the north and ramp up along the east shoulder of the highway until it reaches the NYSEG ownedrailroad corridor where it turns right and to the south east. Within 200 feet the trail crosses the Cayuga-Seneca Canal on an existing railroad bridge (Figure 4)The concrete bridge decking is in good condition. South of the bridge the railroad corridor curves to the east and crosses the access road to Barrett’s Marina (Figure 5). From Barrett’s Marina, the trail follows the NYSEG-owned railroad corridor to the east. The gate shown in Figure 6 is the only obstruction to the trail between Barrett Marina and the Village of Waterloo other than encroaching vegetation and old railroad bridges in need of repair. The westernmost section is somewhat overgrown but passable on foot or bicycle (Figure 7). The corridor passes the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s Bishop Preserve (Figure 8) located between the proposed trail corridor and River Road to the South. Linkages between the canal trail and preserve trails should be explored. Some sections of the railroad corridor are cleared and mowed by adjacent landowners and/or farmers (Figure 9). Approximately 3/4 mile northeast of the Barrett Marina road crossing, the Seneca River and the proposed trail converge. Inland Harbor Marina, located north of the Seneca River, is visible from the proposed trail. Continuing to the northeast the trail crosses two 10’ railroad bridge structures (See Figure 10). Both are in good condition, requiring only decking, railing, and minor abutment repairs. A half-mile further to the east the trail crosses a 110’ long railroad bridge
(Figure 11). Like the smaller ones to the west, the bridge structure appears sound and will require decking, railing, approaches, and bridge abutment repair.