CLAYTON Village, county and state officials and the public at large celebrated the completion of Claytons $600,000 Riverwalk 2 project at the new Frink Park pavilion Tuesday on Riverside Drive.
Workers with Continental Construction, Gouverneur, broke ground on the roughly 300-foot scenic trail along the St. Lawrence River and pavilion in March and maintained an aggressive schedule to wrap up the project for the 2012 tourist season.
The village government partnered with the Clayton Local Development Corp. to secure a $316,000 state grant matched by village money and donated labor.
The projects gem, the new pavilion across from the Clayton Opera House, was designed by Aubertine & Currier Architects, Watertown, to look like a large, covered patio resembling the old train station that was once on the Frink America property and will be used for cultural performances.
Using the same railroad track pattern, the existing walkway on the Frink site where a $30 million luxury hotel project is proposed was extended to downtown Clayton.
The first 1,100-foot stretch of the 8-foot-wide trail, which wraps around the peninsula along the river, was completed in 2009.
With the extended trail, Clayton officials hope to attract more visitors to local restaurants, souvenir shops and museums.