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Input On Proposed Highlands Rail Trail Sought At Wanaque Open House

The foundation of the proposed Highlands Rail Trail would be the historic alignment of the New York and Greenwood Lake Railway, which included this station in Hewitt.
The foundation of the proposed Highlands Rail Trail would be the historic alignment of the New York and Greenwood Lake Railway, which included this station in Hewitt. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

WANAQUE, N.J. – The Passaic County Planning Department wants to hear from local residents, business owners, officials and organizations about a proposed bicycle and pedestrian friendly pathway that would cut through West Milford, Ringwood and Wanaque, providing a contiguous trail through the communities.

Those who are interested in learning more and providing input on the project – dubbed the Highlands Rail Trail – are invited to attend an open house from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Wanaque Elementary School, 1 First St.

The Planning Department is seeking the input for its feasibility study on the project.

According to the department, “the project would link bicyclists and pedestrians to the businesses civic uses and recreational opportunities along the constrained Ringwood Avenue corridor and provide a link between communities in northern and southern Passaic County.”

The foundation of the proposed greenway would be the historic alignment of the New York and Greenwood Lake Railway. According to the department, “the greenway could utilize interpretive elements of the historic railroad and the scenic beauty along the corridor to create a regional draw for tourism and a source of local pride for Passaic County.”

People with questions are encouraged to contact Jason Simmons, senior environmental planner with the Passaic County Department of Planning at jsimmons@passaiccountynj.org or 973-569-4045.

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