2006-06-30 / Community

Greenway Path 'Opens' Next Week

People have been enjoying it for months, but the ribbon will officially be cut next week on the newest part of the Rockaway Gateway Greenway - a multiuse, blacktop path that runs through the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Congressman Anthony Weiner will join the National Park Service and state officials in the ribbon cutting, the NPS announced this week. The ceremony comes less than a year after the same group broke ground on the project in the pouring rain last October.

The 1.5-mile path, which runs parallel with Cross Bay Boulevard, west of the southbound lanes, was proposed by residents in 1996. The Broad Channel Civic Association sought Governor George Pataki's support to create a path similar to the one on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.

The proposal was modified at least four times to address various environmental and safety concerns. The end result is a 10-foot wide path that is suitable for all sorts of non-motorized recreation including bicycling, jogging and in-line skating.

The project, funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Department of Transportation, and the National Park Service, is part of a much larger Greenway network.

When it's completed, the RGG will provide almost 20 miles of off-street pathway around Jamaica Bay through the Rockaway Peninsula and other parts of Queens and Brooklyn, according to the NPS. Motorized vehicles are prohibited on the RGG.

The public is invited to join in the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will be held at the entrance to the refuge's visitor's center on Cross Bay Boulevard at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 6. Call (718) 318-4340 for more information.

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