In conjunction with National Trails Day on June 4, local officials announced the opening of the South Shore Blueway Trail at Bay Park in East Rockaway. The South Shore Blueway is made up of 22 launches and landings providing safe, easily reached water access for non-motorized boaters to explore the western bays of the South Shore Estuary Reserve and experience its beauty visiting its numerous parks, historic sites, natural areas and attractions. Visitors can discover the unique characteristics and abundant wildlife.
“More than 1,000 residents collaborated in the planning process to develop this beautiful South Shore Blueway Trail stretching across the entire south shore of Nassau County,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. “The trail offers residents and visitors a new and exciting recreational opportunity to explore our waterways while also promoting a healthy lifestyle.”
The project was approved as part of the 2006 Nassau County Environmental Bond Act Program.
“Hempstead Town is proud to partner with the South Shore Blueway along our bays and waterways, further enhancing environmental preservation and conservation in our community,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino. “As a member of the Blueway Advisory Committee, our municipality is excited to welcome this innovative water trail for non-motorized boats like kayaks to the area.”
In 2008, the Village of Freeport joined with Nassau County and obtained matching funds from a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) Grant from the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.
Visit www.southshoreblueway.com to learn more about South Shore Blueway, including maps and how to participate in Long Island paddle sports.