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Nassau County, the Village of Freeport and the New York State Department of State have commissioned a community-based waterfront planning initiative called the South Shore Blueway Trail Plan.

Months after Hurricane Sandy posed an unprecedented challenge to the villages and towns on the south shore of Nassau County, a collaborative community effort is underway to bring people back to the water.

The South Shore Blueway Trail will provide a variety of opportunities and experiences for paddle users to explore the coastline and rich estuarine environment of the Hempstead Bays and South Oyster Bay. An advisory committee of representatives from Nassau County, Village of Freeport, the Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay, Empire Kayaks, North Atlantic Canoe and Kayak and numerous community groups recently engaged Going Coastal,  and Cameron Engineering and Associates, LLP to develop the South Shore Blueway Trail Plan in close cooperation with paddlers and local communities.

"The South Shore Blueway Trail will support efforts to protect and enhance the ecological integrity of the South Shore Estuary,” said Kyle Rabin, SSBT Project Advisory Committee chairperson. "Numerous communities across America have realized the many benefits – recreational, educational, economic and environmental – that water trails can bring. I applaud the Village of Freeport, Nassau County and the New York State Department of State for pursing this important project that recognizes the beauty, value and history of this extraordinary natural resource.”

"We look forward to listening to community stakeholders to identify new water access so everyone can safely enjoy the rich history and natural beauty that’s here,” said Barbara La Rocco, president of Going Coastal. "Community input is vital at every stage of the planning process to determine how best to design trail launches so families and users of all ages and abilities are able to find a way to participate,” 

To encourage participation, an interactive website and a Facebook page have been established where visitors can suggest a launch site, take the blueway survey and get the latest news about the Blueway Plan.

The South Shore Blueway Trail planning team will host a public Stakeholders’ Meeting on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm in the Village of Freeport Recreation Center. Register to attend the meeting online at or on the project website. Additional public meetings will be scheduled to review the Draft Plan as the project moves forward.

Funding for the South Shore Blueway Trail is made possible by the Village of Freeport, a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant ($50,000) from the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund, and the Nassau County Environmental Bond Act Program ($50,000).

A collaborative community effort to develop a water trail for paddlers to experience the Hempstead Bays and South Oyster Bay.Stakeholder’s Workshop.

On Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Freeport Recreation Center 130 Merrick Road, Freeport, LI Upstairs Meeting Room


  • Identify new launch sitesþ Map routes to key waterfront places
  • Suggest ways to promote safety
  • Explore ways to tell the rich history of local waterways

Register online here 

For more information, contact

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