Monday, October 20, 2014

Tocks Island behind it, Del. Water Gap looks to future

With the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area less than three months away, park Superintendent John Donahue said the time has come “to move ahead from what didn't happen, to what we would like to see happen.”
The New Jersey Herald's Bruce A. Scruton reports:
Part of that is the still-evolving Vision 2030 plan, a 14-page document that looks at future needs, projects and goals for the 70,000-acre recreation area, which stretches about 40 miles along the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania and annually is among the 10 most-visited units of the National Park Service.
The plan, which is likely to be fully released for public comment in early January, calls for projects including a new park headquarters building, completion of a loop road tying both sides of the river together, a “corporate identity” for the park, and getting neighboring towns and the two states involved in a range of projects and collaborations.
The plan also brings forward the idea of turning the recreation area into a designated national park and preserve, and being the center of a corridor of land, largely undeveloped, from New York, through New Jersey and into Pennsylvania.
The corridor would include federal, state and locally owned open space for wildlife to freely traverse and wetlands preservation.

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