New Albany City Council is expected to consider a land donation from the New Albany Links to build a leisure trail.

New Albany City Council is expected to consider a land donation from the New Albany Links to build a leisure trail.

Mayor Nancy Ferguson said most of the land that would be used to construct a bicycle trail is the right of way along Central College Road. Other smaller pieces of land are close to streets and could be used to connect bike trails. Most are long, thin strips of land that couldn't be used for much other than bike trails, she said.

The city typically has to pay to acquire right of way. Ferguson said the trail can be built quicker if the land is donated because less time is spent on purchase negotiations.

Council has not yet considered legislation to accept the property donation. The Central College Road leisure trail extension is anticipated to be done this year. Funding already has been allocated for the project, said Scott McAfee, the city's communications director.

If a trail is built, maintenance will become the city's responsibility, Ferguson said.

She said it is typical for housing developments to donate open spaces to the city. Some of the donations are included in zoning agreements approved before the developments are built.

- Lori Wince