Thursday, May 1, 2003
County residents eager to get outdoors and finally enjoy spring-like weather have a new recreational facility at their disposal. County officials will officially open the new Atlantic County bikeway on Thursday, May 8 at an 11 AM ribbon cutting ceremony. The 7.5 mile bike and pedestrian trail is available for walking, biking, running and rollerblading, from dawn until dusk.
"I am pleased to announce the opening of the much anticipated Atlantic County bikeway," said County Executive Dennis Levinson. "I encourage residents of all ages to come out and enjoy our latest recreational resource."
Levinson acknowledged the patience and support of residents throughout the construction process. The project required permits from the Pinelands Commission as well as several intersection improvements along English Creek Avenue prior to construction. "We greatly appreciate the public's support of this project and trust that they will find it has been worth the wait," Levinson stated.
He also recognized the commitment of the county's Park and Environment Advisory Commission in its persistence to see the bikeway come to fruition. According to Levinson,
the members provided guidance and consistent support.
The 10-foot wide asphalt path is located between the Shore Mall in Egg Harbor Township and the Atlantic County Vocational Technical School in Mays Landing along the former West Jersey and Reading Seashore rail line. Trail heads are located at the Shore Mall, English Creek Avenue and the Vocational Technical School with limited parking.
The bikeway was financed with a combination of federal funds and the county's Open Space Trust funds.
For more information, please contact Howard Kyle at 343-2223.