Abbe Picquet Trail Opens To PublicPosted: Updated:
They're carefully putting on some finishing touches. But the Abbe Picquet Trail and its beautiful river views are already getting a tryout.
“They're walking. They're using…we just put the benches in last week. I've noticed people sitting on the benches already. They walk their dogs. They bring their kids down,” said Marsha Hough, Fort La Presentation Association board member.
It's essentially been a 20 year effort by an army of volunteers. They moved a monument there some years ago. Now the trail is ready. So is parking and a picnic area is going in. The Fort La Presentation Association owns the 25 acres.
“We have the most beautiful spot in Ogdensburg. Why not share it with the community,” said Barbara O'Keefe, Fort La Presentation Association president.
It was a half-million dollar project. It includes access roads, improvements to the peace garden. A big chunk of the funding came from the state. People have contributed by buying memorial bricks. Businesses are donating labor and materials.
They have even bigger plans. They'd like to build a visitors center there someday and maybe a Native-American village. And then a reproduction of Fort Presentation itself.
“This is the beginning. Everyone has a vision of having a fort and this is our first major accomplishment," said O'Keefe.
A ribbon cutting happens Saturday. But people aren't waiting for that to enjoy the views.