The biggest thing that struck me about the Essex National Heritage Scenic Byway is Newburyport’s special treatment. While most of the route is a straight path south/north, it makes a special foray in only two main areas: Newburyport and the Cape Ann Peninsula.
And I hate to mention the obvious but which end opens up to a major highway? Lynn? No, Newburyport!
I’ve been thinking of special funding and grants along High Street but now it looks like the route from Green to Merrimac to Water to Plum Island Point will also have that opportunity. Makes me feel sad for Newburyport’s Project Director, Geordie Vining. All those funds and grants documents to submit!
It means that the Audubon Center, the Custom House and the Newburyport Lighthouse on Plum Island will join Atkinson Common, Bartlett Mall and the Cushing Museum as part of this important path.
It means the Downtown, the Waterfront and the Great Marsh all become part of this route.
Parts of Clipper City Rail Trail, Phase II will intersect the route in two separate locations!
It means we all have work to do. The horse has been brought to the trough. Now it’s up to us to get it to drink!
Even though the Byway officially opens in March, it will take years of hard work to reap the benefits.