“It all began 200 years ago…”
Well…sort of. That’s when the Morris Canal was first envisioned, designed and built. Our story really starts 2 years ago when we received the grant which began the clearing of the defunct and overgrown canal towpath. Now that we are in our 3rd grant cycle, but only 2nd cycle directing our efforts towards the canal trail, we are expanding the canal designation through the full length of Lincoln Park. This will run along Route 202/Boonton Turnpike, starting at Aqueduct Park and meeting up with our wooded trail. We will build a 2nd kiosk and historic markers/signs along the route (with graphics supplied by Joe Macasek and the Canal Society of NJ). We even have some cool ideas for life-size silhouettes along one stretch, depicting what life was like back then. There will be a small parking area built for easy access to the trail. We already know that the trail is being used, but we want to be one of the towns along the Morris Canal Corridor Study to realize the full length of the canal through our little hamlet. We had a “Tidy the Trail” day on June 2nd (which corresponds with National Trail Day…by no accident) and will be working with the Canal Society in the fall to start work on the kiosk and signs. So, if you’re in the area, stop by for a walk through history!
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