Great to return from the long weekend to some good rail-trail
news. Here's a few things out of the Northeast that were in my email box this
The city of Oneida in upstate New York is making great
strides in its plan to convert more miles of disused rail-line and expand its
city-wide rail-trail network. The Oneida Improvement Committee is currently
raising money and support to improve 10.75 miles of existing rail-trails and
connect them through additional miles of rail corridor to form a triangular
"The rails were a big part of our history; they pretty
much developed Oneida into what it is now," Recreation Director Luke Griff
the Utica Observer Dispatch.
"So we're kind of bringing back the past a little bit."
To the east, planners have been able to put an approximate
timeline on an eagerly awaited extension of the Cape Cod Rail-Trail
in Massachusetts. Currently running 22 miles along former Old Colony Railroad
right-of-way on the Cape Cod peninsula, for many years communities to the west
have been eager to connect to this remarkable rail-trail that has attracted
visitors to the area for decades.
According to an
article in Barnstable's The Register,
if the Cape Cod Bike Path Task Force can secure the funding and planning
approvals it needs, construction on the first section of an eastward extension
could start as early as 2014.
And finally, a terrific yarn that comes to its lovely conclusion
along the Heritage
Rail Trail County Park in York, Pennsylvania. The friendship between Arthur
Glatfelter Jr. and his dog, Pal, survived years of World War and separation. Their
surprise reunion on a beach in the South Pacific puts Hollywood screenwriters
More than 60 years later, the City of York and local
residents unveiled a sculpture of Pal alongside the Heritage Rail-Trail (right), to
honor local veterans and the special contribution Glatfelter had made to his community.
Glatfelter passed away last week. In honoring the prominent
citizen, the York Daily Record
reflected on the statue of Pal that has become a local landmark. (Reminds me of the Dog on the Tuckerbox statue I used to love visiting as a kid back in Australia).
Photo courtesy York Daily Record
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