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Saturday, January 31 2015 @ 05:24 AM UTC

Gwynne's Falls Trail

Gwynne's Falls Trail is officially open.

Secretary Flanagan, May O'Malley, the head of Rails to Trails were all there--and Congressman Ben Cardin (our next Senator?) took his bike for the 10-mile ride before the ceremony.

Take a spare inner tube and pump just in case there have been reports of lots og glass on the trail.

The official site is at http://www.gwynnsfallstrail.org/

The Northern Chesapeake trail

The Northern Chesapeake trail from Easton-Lewes is getting started. Easton already has five miles. The state is giving AA the go-ahead to get started planning a trail along the light rail line from BWI to Harbor Hospital, i.e., connect with Gwynne\'s Falls trail

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C and O Canal Invites Feedback on Proposal to Increase and Expand Entrance and Other Fees Park-wide

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Chesapeake &Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) in compliance with a nation-wide review on updating entrance fees is inviting the public to comment on proposed entrance and other fee increases. Fees collected at the park are critical to the park's operation, and 100%of the fees collected at the C&O Canal are invested in park projects that improve facilities and experiences for park visitors.

In a memo dated September 5, 2014, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, authorized park superintendents to begin a civic engagement process associated with increasing entrance fees within units of the National Park System. In an effort to standardize entrance fees, the 131 units that charge entrance fees have been placed in one of four categories based on size, complexity of operations and typical visitation patterns. To arrive at greater consistency around the Service, parks have been asked to bring their fees into compliance with others within their category.C&O Canal is in Category 1. Other similar parks within Category 1 in this region include: Antietam National Battlefield;Fort Washington Park;Great Falls Park, Virginia;Harpers Ferry National Historical Park;Manassas National Battlefield Park, and Prince William Forest Park.

C&O Canal's current park entrance fee has been in place since 2002. The only location in the park where an entrance fee is charged is at the Great Falls Tavern area off of MacArthur Boulevard in Potomac, MD. The park proposes to expand entrance fee collection to all areas of the park outside of the District of Columbia and to implement a parking fee at Fletchers Cove. As part of this fee expansion, the park proposes to discontinue the reciprocal agreement currently in place with Great Falls Park, Virginia, which allows visitors to purchase a day pass or annual pass that is valid at both the C&O Canal and Great Falls Park, VA entrance stations.

The park also proposes to extend the daily pass effective dates from three days to seven days to better align with popular recreational activities, such as cycling the 184.5 mile towpath.

The proposed entrance/parking fees that would become effective no sooner than May 1, 2015 are as follows:

Park Annual Pass:

·Current: $20 Great Falls, MD only

·Proposed: $30 park-wide outside of the District of Columbia

Per Vehicle Pass:

·Current: $5/vehicle for 3 days Great Falls, MD only

·Proposed:

oDistrict of Columbia line to Seneca Creek(near Canal towpath mile 22)

§$15 for 7 days

oWest of Seneca Creek to Cumberland, MD

§$5 in 2015 for 7 days

§$15 in 2017 for 7 days

Per Person Pass:

·Current: $3/person for 3 days Great Falls, MD only

·Proposed:

oDistrict of Columbia line to Seneca Creek(near towpath mile 22)

§$7 for 7 days

oWest of Seneca Creek to Cumberland, MD

§$3 in 2015 for 7 days

§$7 in 2017 for 7 days

Motorcycle Pass:

·Current:$5 for 3 days Great Falls, MD only

·Proposed:

oDistrict of Columbia line to Seneca Creek(near towpath mile 22)

§$10 for 7 days

oWest of Seneca Creek to Cumberland, MD

§$5 in 2015 for 7 days

§$10 in 2017 for 7 days

Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or holders of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Senior, Access or Military Passes. These passes may be obtained at the park. In addition, the park offers at least six fee-free days per year.

C&O Canal NHP is also proposing to increase or institute fees for campgrounds, picnic pavilions and parking at Fletchers Cove. Comparability studies have been completed to determine rates. The proposals are as follows:

Drive-In Campgrounds:

·Single Site Rate: Current: $10 per night, Proposed $20 per night

·Group Site Rate: Current $20 per night, Proposed $40 per night

Hiker-Biker Camping Sites: Current: No Charge, Proposed $20 per night

Picnic Pavilion: Carderock Pavilion

·Monday-Thursday: Current $150 per day, Proposed $250 per day

·Friday-Sunday &Holidays: Current $250 per day, Proposed $350 per day

Parking: Fletchers Cove - There is currently no parking charge;however, the option to establish a parking charge is being evaluated and proposed for comment.

"We are committed to keeping the park affordable and providing visitors with the best possible experiences," Superintendent Kevin Brandt said. "Fee revenue is absolutely critical to the park operation, and we ask for the public's feedback and support. National Parks are still one of America's best bargains. I don't know of anything a family can do for 7 days for just $15. The entrance fee provides full access to the park including: the historic towpath;more than 17 miles of backcountry trails;numerous visitor centers and interpretive programs and access to the Potomac River. The park is a popular place where people come to recreate, to learn, to be challenged physically and to be inspired and renewed;however, the park cannot run itself for free, and our fee revenue is essential to providing for public safety, recreation and resource protection."
Entrance fees have supported a wide range of projects that improved park conditions and visitor experience including: restoration of the Great Falls Tavern, Western Maryland Railroad Lift Bridge, Lockhouse 44, Ferry Hill Plantation and Hancock Visitor Centers;new picnic tables, grills and fire rings for campgrounds throughout park;developing and installing exhibits in visitor centers such as Great Falls and Ferry Hill Plantation;repairing park wells and hand pumps;removing trees from the canal, installation of a water fountain in Williamsport;restoration of historic lockhouses;improving ADA accessibility at park comfort stations, repairing replica canal boats used in interpretive and education programs, and rehabilitation of the CCC era restroom in Great Falls into a space for the free Bike Loaner program. Additional revenue raised by a fee increase could be used to restore additional historic structures such as Swains Lockhouse;Conococheague, Tonoloway and Seneca Creek aqueducts expand the park's ability to maintain the towpath;improve campground safety by establishing campground host sites at drive-in campgrounds;restore water in the canal between Lock 5 and Anglers;extend the re-watered section of the canal in Hancock;preservation work on the Paw Paw Tunnel;improve river access at Fletchers Cove and Dam #4, and increase interpretive and educational programming park-wide.


The C&O Canal is a strong economic engine for the area. In 2013, the C&O Canal hosted nearly 5 million visitors who contributed more than $80 million to the local economy and supported more than 1,000 jobs related to tourism.

To provide comments on the proposed fee increases, go to:  http://parkplanning.nps.gov/cocanalfeesThe public has the opportunity to comment on the increases for a 48-day period ending on February 22, 2015. Written comments should be provided through this website.
Interested citizens are invited to discuss the proposed fee increases at public meetings to be held in various locations around the park as follows:

January 21, 2015, at the Brunswick City Hall, Council Meeting Room, 1 West Potomac Street, Brunswick, MD 21716 from 6:30-8:00 PM

January 27, 2015, at C&O Canal Park Headquarters, 1850 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD 21740 from 6:30-8:00 PM

January 29, 2015, at Canal Place, 13 Canal St, 2nd floor, Cumberland, MD 21502 from 6:30-8:00 PM

February 5, 2015, at Glen Echo Town Hall, 6106 Harvard Ave, Glen Echo, MD 20812 from 7:00-8:30 PM

Following the comment period and public meetings, feedback will determine how, or if, a fee increase would be implemented.



http://www.nps.gov/choh/parknews/c-and-o-canal-invites-feedback-on-proposal-to-increase-and-expand-entrance-and-other-fees-park-wide.htm
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MET Transfers Land to Baltimore County at Robert E. Lee Park

Bike PathsThe Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) transferred an 18-acre property to Baltimore County for low impact recreational use as part of Robert E. Lee Park. In turn, the county has agreed to place a conservation easement on the property to ensure that it will not be developed, and will continue to provide plant and wildlife habitat, water quality benefits, and public recreation.


MET originally acquired the property as a gift from local philanthropist Mary Catherine Bunting, who saw the importance of keeping the land adjacent to the Jones Falls in a natural state. MET accepted Bunting’s gift along with the condition that when transferred to another owner, a conservation easement limiting its use and development would be granted back to MET.

The property, which is to the north of the county-managed 415-acre Robert E. Lee Park, follows along a former railroad bed and borders the Jones Falls as it flows along Falls Road. The easement protects woodland habitat, water quality, the scenic view from the road, and allows for passive public recreation such as hiking and birding.
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http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2014/12/22/met-transfers-land-to-baltimore-county-at-robert-e-lee-park/
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Canal Towns Program Plugs Businesses into the Enormous Potential of Trail Tourism

Bike Pathsby Jake Lynch, Rails To Trails

"When coal mining died and the railroads left, a lot of the towns really struggled. What the trail has done has brought that transportation corridor back to them. And it's actually helped to sustain businesses and revitalize the downtowns."

— Bill Atkinson, Maryland Department of Planning

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http://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2014/september/01/canal-towns-program-plugs-businesses-into-the-enormous-potential-of-trail-tourism
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DNR Opens All Sensory Trail at Patapsco Valley Sate Park

Bike PathsDNR and partners hosted a ribbon-cutting for the new All Sensory Trail at Patapsco Valley State Park on October 16th.

The first-of-its-kind within a Maryland State Park, this Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-accessible path has items that play on the senses to offer an exciting interactive experience for everyone, including people who are vision or hearing impaired.

The trail was created over the summer by youth from the Corps groups, with assistance from DNR, the National Park Service and the Maryland School for the Blind. The youth worked hard to create this special place, along the way learning valuable job skills, gaining an appreciation for nature and seeing firsthand the value of teamwork.

Accessible for people of all abilities, the trail features a walking guide rope, aromatic herbs and plants, beautifully painted birdhouses alive with chirps, melodic drums and chimes, and a variety of interesting plants for touching.

The construction represents phase one of the trail, to be enlarged and enhanced in the summer.
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Ward Rd. (Volunteer) Park UPDATE

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We NEED your help if you would like to see family friendly recreational opportunities in Calvert County!...

The Calvert County Division of Parks and Recreation and Division of Natural Resources are hosting a public meeting Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., at the Northeast Community Center in Chesapeake Beach...

So we have two action items…

#1 – Plan to attend the upcoming meeting on (see details above). If you can’t make the meeting, please take a minute to email the Calvert County Commissioners...

#2 – We need to thank Commissioner Slaughenhoupt for his efforts to see this trail system addressed in the master plan....

http://calvertctc.org/ward-rd-volunteer-park-update/
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NCR Trail: 'Bike Through History' Series Starts Wednesday

Bike PathsGuided tours offered over the next eight weeks.
By Ron Cassie, Baltimore Magazine, Posted on June 03, 2014

Starting tomorrow evening, and for the next eight Wednesdays, guided tours of different segments of the Torrey C. Brown Trail (formerly known as the North Central Railroad Trail) will be offered by members of the NCR/Hereford Volunteers Association. Each weekly tour tackles about 10 miles of the trail, covering specific history of the trail and that week's location, according to a post on the Maryland Hiking and Adventuring Meetup page.

The tours are free and open to the public, with the first tour kicking off tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the Paper Mill Road entrance to the trail. Each tour/mini-ride lasts about two hours.
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http://www.baltimoremagazine.net/2014/6/3/ncr-trail-bike-through-history-series-starts-wednesday
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PETITION: FOR NEW MULTI-USE RUNNING AND CYCLING TRAILS IN CALVERT COUNTY, MD.

Bike Pathsbuilding trails

Sign your name today to show your support for the development of new multi-use running and cycling trails in Calvert County, MD.



http://calvertctc.org/#support
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HISTORIAN UNCOVERS THE FORGOTTEN U.S. PROTECTED BIKE LANE BOOM OF 1905

Bike PathsBy Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer, People for Bikes

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'Had it been successful, a separate sidepath system would have changed American history'


Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, in 1894. Photo: nycgovparks.org.

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http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/historian-uncovers-the-forgotten-protected-bike-lane-boom-of-1905
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Indoor/Outdoor Recreation Meeting

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$2 million Jones Falls Trail extension planned

Bike PathsTrail to run between Cylburn Arboretum and Mount Washington Light Rail Stop

"Completing the phase should take 18 months"

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/north-baltimore/bs-md-ci-jones-falls-trail-20140122,0,4075124.story
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