Members of Schoharie Promotional were joined by local residents and public officials on Saturday afternoon in breaking ground on the new Lillies of the Schoharie Valley Walking Park and Gardens located on Fort Road in the Village of Schoharie.
The park's location, once known as Fox's Dorf, is the historic entrance to the Village of Schoharie. It is close to the Fox Creek covered bridge, which presently attracts many passersby for its ideal photo opportunities.
Planning to create a gravel path that stretches from Fort Road to Route 30, Schoharie Promotional is creating the park in expectation of filling it with lillies. Volunteers began these efforts Saturday by clearing brush and old tress from the area.
Envisioning the lily park as a tourist destination that will bring in needed foot traffic and tourist dollars to the still recovering community that was devastated by Hurricane Irene almost four years ago, Schoharie Promotional is focusing their attention on the park this year.
The Village of Schoharie has recently received a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant from New York State to look at ways to revitalize the community with connections to the water. It is oriented to recreation and connections between Fox Creek Park and the Old Stone Fort.