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South Shore Blueway Plans Unveiled

The Blueway stretches 18 miles from the western boarder of the Town of Hempstead to the Nassau/Suffolk County line.

Plans for the South Shore Blueway were revealed Monday at Wantagh Park. Photo Credit: Michael Ganci.
Plans for the South Shore Blueway were revealed Monday at Wantagh Park. Photo Credit: Michael Ganci.
Plans were unveiled Monday for the South Shore Blueway Plan, which will establish a kayak trail through the mashes and bay's of Long Island's South Shore.

The Blueway stretches 18 miles from the western boarder of the Town of Hempstead to the Nassau/Suffolk County line. 

The plan took share as part of the 2006 Environmental Bond Act. Planning began last year. In November of 2008, the Village of Freeport joined with Nassau County to obtain funds from a Local Waterfront Revitalization grant from New York State.

A water trail is designed for people to use small, non-motorized beachable boats like kayaks, canoes, day sailors or rowboats. There will be various launches, rest stops and shoreline facilities along the way, officials said.

A key element of the plan is sustainability, using green technologies for paths, ramps or any other item that needs to be built. The access plant will also be ADA compliant. The plan calls for interpretive and educational opportunities that will encourage understanding of the South Shore ecosystem and maritime heritage.

"The South Shore Blueway trail will shine a light on the precious wetlands of Nassau County and provide kayak access never before seen in this region," County Executive Edward Mangano said at Wantagh Park Monday. "I am a proud partner with out local environmental organizations and municipalities to create a new jewel for Long Island."

According to the project's website, which you can access by clicking here, the Blueway includes two inlets, four bays, seven new access points and nine boat ramps. For a full list, click here.

The public is invited to share comments during a community forum on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at Freeport Village Hall's conference room. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. During the 30-day comment period, questions and comments may be submitted to info@southshoreblueway.com.

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