Nine years after the death of Bristol resident Darlene McCue family members, friends, and area residents made their way down Kennedy Road on the Darlene McCue Trail to cut the ribbon at the archway commemorating the path.
The move to create the path along Kennedy Road started after McCue's death in 2009. She and her step-daughter, Cristin, were riding their bikes along the road when they were struck from behind by a GMC pickup. Both Cristin and Darlene were rushed to a nearby hospital, where Darlene was pronounced dead.
Not long after McCue's death, friends and family created the Push for the Path organization, to call for the creation of a path along Kennedy Road for bikers, walkers and runners to use. Between 2012 and 2017, the group raised $357,000 to help pay for the path, matching a state-funded grant.
The pathway is referred to by two names: The Kennedy Road Multi-Use Path, and The Darlene McCue Trail, which begins at the commemorative archway on the path.
At Saturday's event, Yorkville resident Lynn Dubajic, a close friend of McCue's and one of the organizers of the group, described the project as a "labor of love of many individuals."
"This has been the most amazing experience to work with all these people, and to get to know all these people...to come together and make this become a reality," she said. "It's most certainly a celebration, but it also has some deep feelings. It is the most wonderful feeling, though, that I could explain to say how fabulous this is, to see this become a reality."
Bristol resident Billy McCue, brother-in-law of Darlene, also praised the event saying, "I think the biggest thing is 50 percent of the people didn't think it would ever happen. That was the biggest thing, the people saying it isn't going to happen. So, to get it done and show them that we did do it...it was awesome to see that many people get involved in it."
The path begins at the intersection of Galena Road and Kennedy Road, at Steven G. Bridge Park, and winds its way down to Rt. 47, connecting Mill Road along the way. The path provides access to the Mill Road trail which extends east into Oswego.