Monday, September 25, 2017

Big progress reported on the Manchac Greenway

Big progress reported on the Manchac Greenway
Posted: Apr 27, 2017
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From Friends of the Manchac Greenway

These are exciting times in the development of the Manchac Greenway. Our “discovery phase” has yielded much knowledge about what it will take to pursue the project as we enjoy seeing involvement from the community and significant elements begin to fall into place.

- The original Manchac Greenway Committee made of citizens from St. John the Baptist and Tangipahoa Parishes has gained formal non-profit status (IRS 501c3) to become the Friends of the Manchac Greenway (FMG). We’ve formed a board and are expanding it, forming committees to help with membership, update our web site (manchacgreenway.org) and Facebook page, formalize a logo (THANK YOU Mike and Diana Esordi!) and develop outreach materials, raise funds for Greenway projects as well as coordinate with…

- The Manchac Greenway Commission. This is a new governmental/citizen entity created by Parish Ordinances that is composed of two Parish Council persons from Tangipahoa and St. John parishes, two staff persons from each Parish Administration and three members from the FMG. It is meant to have a considerable ability to coordinate with federal, state, and regional agencies and other outside interests as well as seek funding resources.

- The Louisiana DOTD is installing new “Share the Road” signs along the Greenway in St. John Parish to increase safety and help us in “branding” the Greenway. Additional signs with our new logo are pending.

- Grant applications have been submitted by FMG for several projects that could be used to leverage with other funds to enhance implementation of enhancement improvements.

- Tangipahoa Parish Government has caught the enthusiasm for the Greenway by signing a Joint Use Agreement with the LADOTD to manage the huge North Pass Boat Launch. They jumped right to it by performing much needed repairs to the docks including adding a canoe launch dock. They are considering a number of projects to improve this huge facility that also includes the informally named “Carter/Reagan Incomplete Manchac Exit Park” and enhance its usefulness and enjoyment by the public.

- Use of the Shell Bank Canoe Launch in St. John has increased tremendously over the years, bringing thousands of eco-tourism dollars to the Parish and turning on thousands of Greenway visitors, particularly folks from area cities, to the incredible beauty (and accessibility) of the Greenway’s neighboring wetlands. The F.O.M.G. and others have advocated the development of this resource and interest in improvements here seem to be increasing.

- FMG commends the Manchac Boating Association, Tangi Clean, Keep St. John Beautiful, Coastal Conservation Association, the staff of Middendorf’s Restaurant in Manchac and others for routinely pitching-in on litter pickup projects on the Greenway. Thank you! FMG seeks to develop plans to support these and other organizations in these efforts. In the meantime, they gratefully welcome with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation/Entergy Spring Sweep (http://saveourlake.org/events-calendar/spring-sweep/) in visiting the Greenway in May.
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