Orange Pathways is currently working with several other organizations to complete a new section of the Heritage Trail. The new section would run from Thrall Library to the Fancher-Davidge Park in Middletown.
The County Parks & Planning jointly has undertaken the lead role on handling the funds & contracting for an overall engineering & cost study for the entire western extension of the trail.
- Orange Pathways has agreed to provide the match as well as has generally encouraged & assisted the City & County in whatever way is necessary to get the trail done.
- The City of Middletown has applied for trail construction funds for the section from Fancher-Davidge Park to Thrall Library. The City has already cleaned up places where they've used the trail to warehouse things like concrete sewer pipes.
- Orange Co. Land Trust and the City of Middletown is negotiating on the sections of the RR corridor that were sold to EA Morse Co, to bring those sections back into play as potential trail corridor.
- Orange Co. Planning, on behalf of the City, is working with the short-line bus company (Coach), to integrate the trail into a planned expansion & reconfiguration of their site, which is actually City-owned.
- Thrall Library is interested in being incorporated into the trail, but at the same time needs to maintain a completely functional facility. Some design options are being reviewed to find ways of making the trail work to everyone's best advantage.
- Pathways and City asked for assistance from Nation Park Service Rivers & Trails to help package and deliver these and other moving parts into tangible results on the ground. NPS has also helped convene the partners, develop consensus for how to move ahead, and help write grant applications.