Long Island Blueway Water Trail Map to be Discussed
March 22, 2012
The Town of Oyster Bay [Long Island], in cooperation with Friends of the Bay (FOB) and the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee (HHPC), will host an open house on Tuesday, March 27, to unveil the proposed map for a blueway trail along the Town’s north shore. The meeting will be held at the office of FOB, 111 South Street, Oyster Bay, Suite 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The public meeting is being held to present
a draft trail map and solicit comments from the public.
“In 2010, the Town, partnering with FOB and HHPC, received a $76,250 matching grant through the New York State Environmental Protection Fund’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program for the planning of a blueway trail, which will begin in Hempstead Harbor, travel along Long Island Sound and proceed through Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbors,” Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto explained. “The first part of the project consisted of an in-depth study of Hempstead Harbor, Long Island Sound, Oyster Bay Harbor, West Harbor, Mill Neck Creek and Cold Spring Harbor. The Town, FOB and HHPC, along with other members of the steering committee, employed the environmental and community planning firm of Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC (NP&V), which inventoried the best-suited trailheads and amenities that provide access to recreational facilities, commercial establishments such as restaurants and shops, and ecological, historical and cultural resources along the proposed trail. As part of their outreach, a survey was conducted to give residents an opportunity to share their ideas for the design of the trail.”
The public meeting is being held to present a draft trail map and solicit comments from the public. Representatives of the Town of Oyster Bay, FOB, HHPC and NP&V will be on hand to discuss all aspects of the blueway trail, including features, amenities and resources.
The blueway trail will connect with a similar trail being designed by North Hempstead and which will run from Hempstead Harbor to Manhasset Bay and Little Neck Bay. In addition to Oyster Bay, FOB and HHPC, the water trail working committee consists of the Waterfront Center, the Long Island Paddlers, Nassau County, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and others.
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