OCA Trail Program Launched

Hundreds of people have walked the 41-mile length of the Old Croton Aqueduct trail. The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct have launched a certificate program for those who complete either the entire trail or the segment from Croton to Westchester County.

FOCApatchesHundreds of people have walked the length of the Old Croton Aqueduct trail from New Croton Dam to 42nd Street where it ends at the site of the distributing reservoir that sent water to New York City neighborhoods, a trail spanning 41 miles. More people have walked smaller segments including the 26-mile segment from Croton to the Westchester County border south of Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers. Completing either the Westchester segment or the whole trail can now earn you a patch and certificate of recognition.

The idea for the program, launched by the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct, uses the Appalachian Trail Miler program as a model. After much hard work, the badges, application forms and certificates were designed and the program launched in early summer.

Diona and Ronald Koerner, the first to apply for the patches and certificate have been walking the trail for more than 10 years. They set a goal for themselves of walking two miles in one direction and two miles back. Each trek started where the last one left off until they completed the entire 41 mile trail. Diona enjoyed the different environments along the trail as you travel between communities and says that “everyone should walk the Aqueduct trail from start to finish.”

For more details, visit the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct website.

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