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Newsletter - Spring 2015

Report to the Friends of the Lock 31 D & H Canal Park

From Tom Colbert, Committee Chairman & Wayne County Historical Society Trustee.   Clinton Leet Former Wayne County Historical Society trustee, who in 1995 encourage our organization to develop a canal park and was center stage at the park’s grand opening in August of 2013, died eight days after being honored at the historical society’s November 2013 dinner. Now he is up there, with a bird’s eye view of the park’s activities.

Visitors

Our park continued to have visitors through most of the winter who walked by themselves or with their dogs, snow shoed or cross-country skied when there was enough snow. Winter birding was excellent with many types of ducks and Bald Eagles. Due to the extreme low temperatures, the Lackawaxen River froze over for most of the length of the towpath and huge pieces of ice were stacked up in places. What a sight!

Restoration

Architect John Bowie spent most of April 4th at the lock house preparing the drawings and specification necessary to bid the final phase of its exterior restoration, which includes the lock-side porch making the building handicapped accessible, replacing five windows and two doors. We have high hopes this work will be completed by late Fall of 2015 before snow flies in wayne County!

Riverside Trail

The park’s second trail has been developed as a local boy scout’s Eagle project. It is called the "Riverside Trail", and its official opening, with appropriate ceremony, will be during this year’s canal festival on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Trail access improvements and a canal “boat” pavilion

Woodland Design Associates have prepared preliminary drawings to re-grade the dirt/stone bridge just north of Lock 31; construct a wooden bridge over the sluiceway, dirt ramp into the canal bed, and a canal “boat” pavilion. Various grant applications are in the works to pay for all of this. If awarded, construction would not begin until 2016. Do you know a retired boat builder?