The overall project will not change Wilderness Park – it will only make it more beautiful and accessible. Of course, there will be some disruption to the park at first, but it will be short-term. Some trees have to be removed as they are aged and dying; however, replacing these trees will revitalize the park. The cost of planting trees and grasses are included in the project budget.
The West Point Trails and Pathways Committee formed a subcommittee of local citizens to determine the location of the trails. Input was also sought from the West Point Park Board, and the committee met several times to study, discuss, plan, and navigate the proposed route.
There are loops within the trail of varying difficulty. One continuous loop was not formed because it would require crossing private property and doing so is not cost effective. It is possible additional trails could be made throughout the city as a second phase to the project.
We are currently working with the City of West Point on these issues. Once the project is completed, the trails will be owned by the City. The city will be responsible for maintaining the trail which will involve some snow removal, trash pick-up, and mowing. The city already has employees tasked with mowing Wilderness Park, so there will not be much added work.
The West Point Trails and Pathways Committee has a number of ideas for recognizing our valued donors. The “First Fifteen” to donate over $10,000 will receive naming rights on a bench. The “First Five” to donate over $150,000 will get to name a loop within the trail. Once a recognition system is finalized, it will include different levels of recognition for different donation amounts and will then be publicized.