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Bike Trails, Hiking Trails, Now Water Trails?

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 06:14 PM

You’ve heard of bike trails and hiking trails, but what about a water trail?

In Nassau County, Freeport, Hempstead and Oyster Bay officials are planning a 45-mile trail through the marshlands and wetlands along the South Shore. They presented a plan for the trail at a news conference on Monday.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said the South Shore Blueway Trail would boost recreational and conservation efforts and generate some $800 million in total tax revenue.

“The purpose here is to create a map that kayakers and canoers can follow, which would obviously provide parking areas as well as ingress and egress ramping and ADA compliance,” Mangano said.

The trail would only be open to non-motorized boats, like kayaks, canoes or sailboats.

Proposed Blueways map

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Julianne Welby

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Comments [3]

Caroline Massa from New York

This is great! A perfect way to learn about and build value for the wetlands that provide natural ecosystem services, and reduce storm surge impact on our neighborhoods!

Oct. 22 2013 11:45 AM
South Shore Blueway from Freeport, ny

People can visit www.southshoreblueway.com to view the proposed South Shore Blueway Plan and find out about the planning process. All are invited to join the community discussion of the plan on November 14, 6pm at the Freeport Village Hall.

Oct. 22 2013 10:08 AM
Erik Goetze from 11217

This is great! More ways to experience the coast of NY.
How does it connect with Jamaica Bay where there's already some terrific kayaking run by the National Park System during the summer?

Oct. 22 2013 09:19 AM

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