Government: Suffolk County Launches Hike & Bike Website, Southampton Town Earth Day Celebration

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A screenshot of Suffolk County's new website public to provide input on the county’s Hike and Bike Master Plan.

Suffolk County Launches New Website for County-Wide Hike & Bike Master Plan

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced last week the launch of a new website, hikebikesuffolk.com, for the public to provide input on the County’s Hike and Bike Master Plan. The web tool is an online map that allows users to make specific comments or recommend routes or improvements to Suffolk County’s network of hiking and biking trails. Comments and recommendations will be used to create the County’s Hike and Bike Master Plan.

“As we push forward to build a hike-bike network across the County, it is critical to solicit feedback from local stakeholders and residents that stand to benefit,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “The result will be a modernized, state-of-the-art network of trails that provides alternatives to the automobile and more recreational amenities.”

The online tool is an interactive crowdsourcing map specially designed to gather input and data from the people who know our bike lanes and trails the best – the hikers, runners, long-distance cyclists, casual bike-riders, parents, nature enthusiasts and everyday residents who use these resources year-round. Using this new public input tool, residents can ‘drop a pin’ to comment on a specific location, or ‘draw a path’ to connect two points they would like to see better connected.

The goal is to create a trail that promotes local tourism throughout Suffolk County and connects residents and visitors alike to our beaches, parks, education centers, downtowns and more. Multi-use trails promote healthy lifestyles, improve recreation options, and support the island’s tourist economy.

The creation of the master plan includes strong community engagement by incorporating broad public input and targeted stakeholder outreach. A completed master plan and suite of recommendations are expected by the end of 2019. The County will be collecting input on the plan through May 19.

Southampton Town Plans Earth Day Celebration at Good Ground Park

The Town of Southampton has announced plans to host an Earth Day Festival at Good Ground Park, 9a Squiretown Road in Hampton Bays, on Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will begin with a holiday tree dedication at 11 a.m. featuring a tree that has been donated by a local nursery and will be lit each year as a part of the winter holiday season. At 11:30 a.m., a nature walk will be held in the park’s walking trail, sponsored by the Southampton Trails Preservation Society and the Audubon Society. At noon and again at 1 p.m., guests can learn about composting from a master gardener with a 1 p.m. yoga class for adults and children available for guests who bring their own yoga mat. At 1:30 p.m., an organic lawn fertilizer demonstration will instruct participants on lawn care using organic treatments. At 2 p.m., a ukulele ensemble featuring local students will perform.

Throughout the day, the town has planned demonstrations including pottery making, bath bomb assembly, face painting and exhibits from eco-friendly vendors including the Surfrider Foundation, Seed Saver Exchange and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. A rain date has been scheduled for Sunday, May 5.

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