Attending: Mindy Block, Kara Hahn, Al Krupski, Annelies, Jane Fasullo, Ken Kindler
A small group of us met at the Riverhead County Center last week to discuss the re-opening of the Trails Center in Manorville. As we introduced ourselves, I was flattered that Kara Hahn recognized me – saying “oh, you’re the guy who helped create the Forsythe Meadow Trail in Stony Brook.” That’s a 36-acre park dedicated to Nora Bredes, A Suffolk County Legislator who died after a long battle with breast cancer in August 2011 at the age of 60. Nora was a champion of drinking water protection and open space preservation. I then remembered how I had learned about the dedication of the trail a couple of years ago while I was surfing the internet the day before the event and decided to attend. To her credit, Kara recognized me in the crowd and without having prepared it in her statements and while praising the Boy Scouts for the work they had contributed on this Suffolk County Parks-built trail, gave me credit for my work on the trail.
Nora was a champion of drinking water protection and open space preservation.
For the dedicated building to mean something, it should help advance Ray's vision for the Pine Barrens. - Ken Kindler
The media needs to do a public education campaign about this. We also need to provide clear driving directions and a visible address, so that people can find the Trail Center. Perhaps we should remove the ugly brown “Trail Center” sign by the Mobil station entrance. When I was working in or around the center, the sign would often bring in people looking for directions to “our Lady of the Shrine, or which way to the Hamptons?”
The trails community includes hikers, mountain bikers, horse, mule, and donkey riders, runners, and naturalists who may be hunting for mushrooms, rocks, or birds or just seeking a quiet place to meditate. The Trails Center is a great place for people to meet and share.