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Chautauqua County Greenway Plan unveiling, celebration Aug. 23

August 22, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

MAYVILLE - The Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development recently announced the Chautauqua County Greenway Plan is complete.

This initiative is intended to spawn the continued development of county-wide greenways and trails as well as preserve open spaces for recreation, leisure and eco-tourism based economic development.

The public is formally invited to attend the Greenway Plan unveiling and celebration scheduled at the Mayville Park Pavilion Green Building on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 4:30 to 7 p.m., to celebrate the completion of the Chautauqua County Greenway Plan and provide an opportunity for the public to learn about opportunities in the county to take advantage of the multitude of venues available for outdoor recreation and active living.

This is a very informal ride-in, hike-in, paddle-in, boat-in, drive-in event that will display maps of the proposed natural and recreational greenways, copies of the Plan and Executive Summary for the public, displays from the County Parks Department, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regarding their Unit Management Plan and from a multitude of recreation-related businesses and organizations; and the provision of hot dogs, watermelon and other refreshments. Stick around after this educational and family-fun event to listen to Deuble and Vogan's sounds of the 1960's which starts at 6:30 p.m., part of the Village of Mayville's free Concerts in the Park series.

Development of the plan was in response to the public's overwhelming desire to conserve the county's natural resources and to connect the county's natural, recreational and cultural amenities with one another as communicated by the public during development of the County Comprehensive Plan adopted by the legislature in April of 2011.

The Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development, the Chautauqua County Parks Commission, the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, the Chautauqua County Greenway Plan Steering Committee and various other stakeholders have worked diligently in developing the Greenway Plan over the course of 14 months and their hard work has resulted in a plan that details existing natural assets, creates a future vision for preserving and promoting these assets and prescribes an implementation plan to transform the county into a regional destination for outdoor active living.

Fact Box

Greenways are linear corridors of open space designed for recreation, transportation or conservation purposes, or a combination of both.

Examples include:

Recreation and transportation greenways

Hiking trails, walking and pike paths, equestrian trails

Canoe and kayak trails

Snowmobile and ATV trails

Conservation greenways

Conservation of agricultural and forestry resources

Conservation of rare, threatened or endangered species habitat

Conservation of sensitive natural resources.

Come, rain or shine, to celebrate Chautauqua County's natural beauty, and bring an appetite, as refreshments will be provided. The plan and executive summary are available on the planning website, and Hard copies of the plan and executive summary are available upon request. Call 661-8912 for more information or with questions.



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