(ENIDCOTT, NY) Broome County Executive Jason Garnar and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo are pleased to announce the opening of a new scenic outlook at Roundtop Picnic Area in Endicott.
Historically, Roundtop was known for the fantastic views of the river valley, but in recent years these views have been obstructed by vegetation overgrowth. Construction of the outlook restores a scenic view of the Susquehanna River and surrounding river valley and enhances the recreational experience for park users.
“We’re excited about these enhancements and how they showcase the wonderful views Broome County has to offer,” said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar. “Thank you to Assemblywoman Lupardo for her partnership on this and helping make Broome County a great place to live, work and raise a family.”
“Roundtop is a special place in our community’s history,” said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo. “It was the site of the only Revolutionary War skirmish in Broome County and later a favorite sanctuary for George F. Johnson who loved taking in the view of our beautiful valley. I was happy to secure grant funding that restores this scenic overlook so it can be enjoyed by a new generation of Broome County residents. I’m looking forward to the additional improvements along the riverfront as well.”
Assemblywoman Lupardo secured a $700,000 New York’s State and Municipal Facilities Grant for the project, which was also supported by funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission. The Outlook is part of a larger project for enhancing the waterfront along the Susquehanna River in western Broome, including expanded multi-use trails, boat launches, enhanced boating amenities and other aesthetic improvements.
Broome County has also partnered with the Endicott Rotary for development of a hiking trail connecting Roundtop and Grippen Parks in the waterfront area. Rotary volunteers donated their time and effort to the creation of the trail, enhancing access to this untapped natural area for recreational use. This rustic trail will connect to additional waterfront improvements being constructed at Grippen Park and other nearby waterfront areas as part of the Chugnut Trail extension project, a segment of the Two Rivers Greenway. The Chugnut Trail extension project is being completed through a partnership between Broome County, the Town of Union and the Village of Endicott.