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Goldens Bridge Cleanup Turns Overgrown Path Into Walkable Trail

Members of several community groups and individual volunteers worked for hours recently to clear weeds and brush from a pedestrian walkway in Goldens Bridge.
Members of several community groups and individual volunteers worked for hours recently to clear weeds and brush from a pedestrian walkway in Goldens Bridge. Photo Credit: Provided
This is what the path looked like before volunteers removed weeds and brush.
This is what the path looked like before volunteers removed weeds and brush. Photo Credit: Provided

LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- Commuters can now easily access a pedestrian walkway in the Lewisboro hamlet of Goldens Bridge thanks to the efforts of several community organizations and volunteers.

According to Mickey DeNicola of the Goldens Bridge Hamlet Organization, a group of stalwart weed-wackers recently attacked the overgrown path that runs from the staircase at the MTA’s east parking lot to just north of a nearby shopping center on Route 138.

After clearing up opposite the shopping center, volunteers will work on the part of the path that leads to Old Golden’s Bridge, an area of the hamlet west of the railroad.

Stairways allow commuters to access Route 138 (Waccabuc Road) and safely cross over Interstate 684.

The highway split the hamlet’s small business district in two in the 1960s and diverted drivers away from Route 22, affecting longtime businesses that had operated there.

Participating in the 3 1/2-hour-long Saturday, Oct. 1 cleanup project were: GBHO trustees DeNicola, Tony Goncalves, Jim Moreo, and Jonathan Monti; Lewisboro Lions Club members Lauren Donohue and Joel Faynschmid; . Boy Scout Ian Rhodes of Troop 154; and volunteers Joanne, Will, and Jackson Moreo; Melena Jovanovic Monti, Steve Rogers and Richard Sklarin.

According to DeNicola, many motorists gave the volunteers a “thumbs up” and pedestrians told them they were happy to see the pathway become “usable once again.”

But the effort doesn’t stop there; the GBHO plans to ask state Assemblyman David Buchwald, D-93, and state Sen. Terrence Murphy, R-40, for funding to enhance pedestrian walkways and bike paths throughout the hamlet, DeNicola said.

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