Support Public Walkways by Walking Both Sides of the Hudson River on June 8th
Nancy Jonap, hopes that the upcoming Hudson River Loop Walk, will not only let others experience the beauty of the walkways along the Hudson but prove that most of the coast above Exchange Place and on the New York side is back in top shape, being spared the worse of the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. Nancy is a resident of Jersey City and Project Leader for the FreeWalkers, a social network of long distance walkers. A large group of over 100 walkers are expected to experience and celebrate the many views of the Hudson River on both the New Jersey and New York side.
Partnering with the East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA), and the Hudson River Walkway Conservancy, the FreeWalkers and guests will be participating in a unique long-distance walking event called “Hudson River Loop Walk – HUDSONLOOP30” (http://hudsonloop30.org) for the benefit of the associated trail organizations and for personal fitness and pro-pedestrian issues.
The ECG (http://greenway.org) is a non-profit organization that is mapping out a continuous 3,000 mile trail from Maine to Key West, through populated areas along the U.S. East Coast, such as New Jersey and New York. The organization promotes a multi-use marked trail for walking, running, and biking and is open to the public. The ECG trail follows the best existing trails where possible. Their “shared-resources” approach promotes the use of trails, such as the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, while it helps advocate and advise pedestrian projects that benefit communities along the way.
The Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy promotes the development of the Waterfront Walkway, which is a spectacular 30 foot wide pathway on the western shore of the Hudson River in New Jersey. The objective of the walkway, which is nearly complete, is to provide a continuous and free 24/7 walking path at the water’s edge from Bayonne to the George Washington Bridge. While hurricane damage was extensive in Liberty State Park, which is still under repair, areas north are open for enjoyment once again.
According to Jonap of the FreeWalkers, “We’re inviting the public to walk the Hudson River to take advantage of the grand views, while promoting fitness and personal challenge.” With convenient access to trains and ferries there are many options to join in or drop off the walk.
The event is FREE and participants are encouraged to sign up for the event online at FreeWalkers.org. For more details go to the event’s website http://hudsonloop30.org. Jonap says, “We hope that the event brings public awareness of the benefit of walking as a form of exercise and demonstrates how resources can be put to good use to improve our communities.”