South Shore Blueway Trail draft plan presented
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• Jones Beach Field 10
• Jones Beach West
• Point Lookout
• Town Marina, Point Lookout
The draft plan identifies 18 sites as ready for use, and eight sites as top priority for needed infrastructure – the plan includes drawings for the eight sites of pathways from parking to the dock lines with rubber matting and docks that will enable boats to get from the parking to the water:
Alhambra Park in Massappequa; Baldwin Park, Bay Park in East Rockaway, Cedar Creek Park, Newbridge Road Park, Oceanside Park, Seamans Neck Park and Waterfront Park.
Ms. La Rocca says the plan estimates a cost of $2 million, for which grant money will need to be raised, for the site improvement. Signage will also be needed, and the plan also foresees the need for other amenities such as concessions and boat storage facilities (there is no plan in place as yet for camping and lodging facilities).
In addition, a logo has already been designed as part of the “branding” of the trail – plan are included for brochures and maps – even T-shirts! And all sorts of possibilities exist for events to promote the trail – competitions, local history lessons and paddlers day events.
Where to go from here
Ms. La Rocco stated that it was hoped that the trail could be launched in the spring of 2014. But many things need to be done before that can happen:
• The draft plan must be finalized, and the advisory committee is seeking public comment. To view the draft plan in full, and to offer comment, you can go to the website at www.southshoreblueway.com
• construction analysis regarding the eight priority sites.
• The permitting process. Since at least six governmental bodies will need to be consulted in the process of obtaining permits needed to implement the plan – including New York State, Nassau County, the Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay and the Village of Freeport – A wide variety of rules and regulations will need to be adhered to.
• Phased development of the trail, with various parts of the plan being completed as funding becomes available.