The John Jay Community Trail Project has been a multi-year effort with trail clearing beginning in 2015 and building projects starting in 2016.
Current status Spring 2021: The effort is 95% completed with 10 of the 11 structures finished and open.
The final unfinished part of the project is the Final Link Boardwalk which creates a connection from the lower campus trails uphill to the John Jay Contest Field and Track. See description and link below for details.
- See project overview page for background and project requirements.
- See History page for a deeper dive into the scope of the John Jay Community Trail effort.
Construction Projects & Status
The construction sites to date include:
Wetlands Trail Loop Section
- Bridge 1 – over river crossing site 1 (COMPLETED October 2017)
- Causeway – between Bridge 1 and Bridge 2 (COMPLETED October 2019)
- Bridge 2 with attached boardwalk – over river crossing site 2 (Bridge COMPLETED April 2018, Boardwalk COMPLETED May 2019)
- Boardwalk 1 (COMPLETED May 2019)
- Boardwalk 2 (COMPLETED June 2019)
- Boardwalk 3-4 (COMPLETED August 2019)
- Boardwalk 5 (COMPLETED July 2019)
- Boardwalk 6 (COMPLETED July 2019)
- Note: the sites are numbered in the order they occur on the trail from the Pit Field up to John Jay Middle School
Frog Hollow Boardwalk
There is a solo boardwalk between the JJMS field and the Pit Field where the ground is saturated and always muddy. See original survey map included with this 2015 article for location.
- Frog Hollow Boardwalk (COMPLETED September 2019)
Final Link – Championship Bridge and Boardwalk
The Final Link Trail goes uphill 1/4 mile from the far side of Bridge 3 (#championshipbridge) up to the John Jay Contest Field, on the south side of the ravine. It traverses the school district-owned woods behind the Meadows Condominiums and the Orchard Square Shopping Center.
- Bridge 3 aka “The Championship Bridge” Construction completed in July 2020 after COVID-19 pandemic delay and work crew restrictions. Some detail & grading work remains on the south ramp approach.)
One boardwalk will be necessary on this final trail segment which was cut and cleared in September 2019.
- Final Link Boardwalk and retaining wall approaches (Begun spring 2021)
- Boardwalk is 20-25 feet in total length with ramps either side.
- Retaining wall construction will be 6×8 railroad ties over an 80-100 feet span to the east (uphill) and the west (downhill) of the Final Link Boardwalk.
- This will level a slope that is currently at a 15º camber unsuitable for running.
- Materials for Final Link Boardwalk purchased July 2020 and positioned on site ready for volunteers.
- Materials for retaining wall section purchased Summer 2020 and delivered to site.
- Materials for lining the full path around the drainage area (weed blocking and erosion control) purchased June 2021 and on-site.
- Current Status: trail grading work by KLSD O&M staff done spring 2021 and volunteers have begun boardwalk work. Still to go: retention wall work, trail lining & drainage work.