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 February 2022: 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.
Project volunteers in action from 2015-2020. Click for larger image or to download to your device.

Construction Projects & Status

JJTrail Map detail showing locations and status of the bridge, causeway, and boardwalk structures. (Green = compete, yellow = started, orange = planned not yet started)

The construction sites to date include:

Wetlands Trail Loop Section

  • Bridge 1 – over river crossing site 1 (COMPLETED October 2017)
  • Causeway – boardwalk 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.

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.

Championship Bridge & Final Link Boardwalk trail sections
  • Bridge 3 aka “The Championship BridgeConstruction 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 is needed on this final trail segment which was cut and cleared in September 2019 by our volunteer crew.

  • Final Link Boardwalk and retaining wall approaches (Begun spring 2021)
    • Boardwalk is ~33 feet in total length including ramps on 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 and keep it from getting eroded by weather and water over time.
    • Materials (geotextile material, vegetation barrier, etc.) for lining the full path around the drainage area (weed blocking and erosion control) purchased June 2021 and on-site. More may be needed but will reassess.
    • Current Status: trail grading work by KLSD O&M staff done spring 2021. Trail volunteers have nearly finished the Final Link boardwalk work. Still to go for 2022: retention wall work, trail lining & drainage work. Possibly need tree work as well.

Project timeline video shown in map form (dated 2014-2019, needs refresh!)