Written by Quality Parks President, Mindy Block
Legislator Fleming will be hosting a formal ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 8th at 1:30 P.M. at the Cranberry Bog 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 ribbon cutting ceremony celebrates the bridge's repair, without which the interpretive trail loop isn't possible.
Written by Mindy Block
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 exercise, education, appreciation of one of Suffolk County's treasured open spaces and freshwater wetlands. But the bridge is in need of repair. Without it, the loop isn't possible.
Next year's Suffolk County Budget is yet to be finalized. We don't if any funds have been set aside to repair the Cranberry Bog Preserve Bridge. Earlier this June, a Boy Scout Leader in training to become a Quality Parks Master Naturalist, provided continuing relevant service related to the bridge repair (pictured above). By mid June he connected with other Boy Scout Leaders and SC Parks to move a potential Eagle Scout project forward. Though the bridge's repair was highly desirable on all sides, it was deemed a NO-GO, as the old pilings where degraded, and new pilings, which required heavy machinery, needed to be installed. It was to big a job for an Eagle Scout project.
Concurrently, in May, at a SC Budget meeting, the Cranberry Bog Bridge repair was discussed with the possibility of it being done as an in house project. A Quality Parks member commented, "If SC Parks can't find the resources to restore a bridge to a much used and appreciated park, then we are in trouble. I would be surprised if they aren't already working on this." And just about a week after a Quality Parks meeting with SC Legislator Bridget Fleming to advocate for the bridge repair, Legislators Fleming and Hahn visited Cranberry Bog Preserve to experience its beauty firsthand.
And we wait to learn of the 2018 SC budget. For more updated information, refer to the timeline Cranberry Bog Preserve. Also please sign the petition to show your support.
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