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Newsletter - Spring 2018

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

From Tom Colbert, Canal Park Committee Chairman and Wayne County Historical Society Trustee.  

Clinton Leet Former Wayne County Historical Society trustee, who in 1995 encouraged 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.  All of the Freinds of the Canal Park can be proud that the 6th Annual Canal Festival will be hald on August 18, 2018 from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Plan to attend!  :)

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

The final phases of the exterior restoration of the Daniels Farmhouse are almost complete.  In 2016 the lock-side porch was made handicapped-accessible and the porch project was completed. 

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, was during the 2015 canal festival.  

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; build a handicapped-accessable ramp into the canal bed, and create a canal “boat” pavilion.  Various grant applications are in the works to pay for all of this. If awarded, construction would not begin until 2019.  Do you know a retired boat builder?