Public comment sought on proposed North Shore paddling trail

Public comment sought on proposed North Shore paddling trail

COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - St. Tammany Parish residents are invited to offer input on the development of a blueways trail system in the parish.

St. Tammany Parish Government, in partnership with the Louisiana Land Trust (LTI), the City of Covington, and the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA), have been working on a proposed Three Rivers Paddling Trail. The project area includes the vicinity where the Tchefuncte, Bogue Falaya, and Abita Rivers converge.

The overall goal of the project is to develop a blueway, or water trail, that is enhanced with launching points, signage and areas of interest for kayakers, canoeists and paddle boarders as well as providing environmental conservation to the area.

In a prepared statement, Saint Tammany Parish President Pat Brister explained, "This is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with local, regional and national partners to formulate a master plan that will enhance our residents' ability to access the beautiful river systems of our parish, provide water recreation alternatives, and build on our quality of life."

The public is invited to join in conversation regarding the development of the paddle trail, though a series of meetings that give residents the opportunity to learn about the proposed trail, ask questions, and offer input on the project.

This input will be used to develop a conceptual map designating the blueway trail.

The map will be used as a guide for future enhancement projects like signage along the route and future kayak launch sites.

There will be two meetings. The first will be held on July 13 in the Covington Council Chambers and the second will be held on July16 at the Christwood Retirement Center. Both meetings begin at 6 pm.

For more information on the project, contact the St. Tammany Parish Government Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism at 985-898-3011.

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