Repair the Cranberry Bog Preserve Bridge
The Cranberry Bog Preserve is well loved and used by local residents and visitors from across Long Island. It's known for its beauty, ecology, and cultural value. The loop trail and it's interpretive guide, engages the public in environmental education, appreciation, and a continued conservation ethic to appreciate and value Suffolk County's treasure of open space. And it offers a reason for people to get outside and exercise and to reduce stress by being in Nature. But around two years ago, the bridge crossing was found broken and in need of immediate repair. Suffolk County Parks' response was to close off the bridge and do nothing else. We watched the bridge deteriorate. Quality Parks attempted to work with a Boy Scout on an Eagle project to rebuild the bridge, but had no success. Last week, we were contacted by an irate citizen demanding action, as our name, Quality Parks, would indicate -- that we cared. The irate citizen said that they contacted Suffolk County Parks and nothing happened, so they contacted us. We learned that many local citizens care about the Cranberry Bog Preserve and want the bridge repaired. They are in support of Suffolk County finding and allocate funding to immediately repair the bridge. And so do we.
Updated May 05, 2017
Quality Parks met with SC Legislator Bridget Fleming on May 1, 2017. SC Legislator Fleming shared insights on public/private partnerships. Quality Parks is seeking a structural engineer volunteer who will offer a second opinion as to repair or replacement, and to also work on a professional drawing for bridge repair/replacement. Then we can submit this drawing with the required NYSDEC wetland permit, as the next step.
Quality Parks was contacted by an irate citizen demanding that we take action to repair the bridge. We were delighted to have found that their were other people who cared. They called Suffolk County Parks and then called us. We put out a petition to local government officials requesting its immediate repair.
The Eagle Scout decided that this project wasn't for him because he lived too far away. We're now in search of another Scout to take up the challenge, or other options. Public access to this nature preserve is diminished by this broken bridge. Contact Us if you're interested. You don't have to be a Scout, we're open to all ideas.
June 18, 2016
Quality Parks recruited an Eagle Scout to help out with fund raising and rebuilding the foot bridge. Suffolk County Parks has yet to approve this project just underway. We met to take a closer look.
April 8, 2016
Because we posted these pictures online, a local Boy Scout leader realized it would make a great Eagle Scout Project.
Quality Parks was alerted in an early spring walk by a local resident that the bridge was broken.
On a Pine Barrens Discovery Day walk led by John Turner, we visited the Cranberry Bog Preserve and walked to the bridge for a view. It was on this tour that John suggested I should work on Master Naturalist training under Quality Parks. Ray Corwin and John worked closely on many Pine Barrens conservation and stewardship policies and programs. Pine Barrens Discovery Day was modeled after the Pine Barrens Day for the New Jersey Pine Barrens, which Ray and I attended many years ago.