O’Connor Hospital, part of Bassett Healthcare Network, has granted $1,600 through its Complete Streets Committee to the Catskill Recreation Center (CRC) for their work on walkable communities. The grant will help fund a half-mile trail on CRC’s property in Arkville that will be connected to a larger network of trails to help establish the hamlet as a recreational hub.

Trail development will begin this month. The goal is to create a community trail that can be utilized by anyone for health and wellness activities as well as educational purposes. “We hope to build a community space where everyone can enjoy what nature has to offer and where students can learn from their environment,” says Amy Beveridge, director of operational support at O’Connor Hospital. “We would like to thank the Rural Health Alliance of Delaware County for providing the means to make this project happen. Their continued support is moving our community forward.”

A landscape designer will create a map of the trail for users and build two outdoor benches. The CRC hopes that people will utilize this trail on a daily basis; anyone who uses the trial will be encouraged to sign in at the recreation center’s front desk during business hours.

Additionally, with the help of a grant from the Rural Health Alliance of Delaware County, O’Connor Hospital’s Complete Streets Committee purchased bicycle and pedestrian crossing signs for Sherwood Road and Sherwood Bridge in Delhi. The inclusion of these signs will make the road safer for all modes of transportation. Delhi is considering additional improvements to strengthen infrastructure and pedestrian safety throughout the community.