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Riverfront Trail designed to be completely accessible

GREAT BARRINGTON — Along the west bank of the Housatonic River, running parallel to Main Street, the Housatonic River Walk trail has been open to the public for nearly 27 years as a project of the Great Barrington Land Conservancy.

The construction of a brand new trail, called the Riverfront Trail, will soon give hikers entry to a long-inaccessible section of the Housatonic River, according to the GBLC.

Janice Kabel, GBLC president, says construction is set to start this month and the trail is slated to partially open next spring, with several pathways that will connect the sidewalk to the trail.

“Extending the pathway of the [Housatonic] River Walk, at South Bridge Street, has been a long-held aspiration of the land conservancy,” Kabel told the Record. “The trail will be of a crushed stone construction, very similar to what we’ve done at the [Housatonic] River Walk.”

Peter Jensen, established trail builder and designer, helped create and design the first section of the River Walk trail in July of 1992.

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