Whenever I see a clearly-marked untruth pushed forward in the press, it grates my nerves like fingernails on a chalkboard.
The Oleo Trust properties are going up for auction. The article duly notifies the details and that is just fine until they mention the location of these lots. It lies up against the abandoned Route 95 property.
This is the second time they have duly chugged off such a statement. This ‘neglected’ open space as they seem to infer is no less than the home of two significant trails. First, the property to be auctioned abuts the Little River Bike Path. Using the old, federal-grade roadbed, this path shoots from near Storey Avenue all the way through pristine forest and meadows to Hale Street. Bikers, hikers, pedestrians and most importantly, the handicapped; can safely commune with an amazing variety of animals, birds and plants while on a flat surface. All paid for with old tax dollars long invested!
Second, Parker River Clean Water Association takes care of the Little River Nature Trail that weaves in and out of forests, meadows and wetlands as it follows this important watershed that feeds the historic Common Pasture and eventually the Great Marsh. Hauling out trash, keeping the trails open and keeping an eye out for any vandalism or unseemly activities, the Association monitors a large open space that is not regularly patrolled by the Newburyport Police Department.
Third, the bike path and nature trail both connect to a fascinating trail system that stretches into protected watershed land. You can walk through beautiful and haunting forests and open expanses and still be well-within the City Limits! Bird watchers, hikers and just curious locals; all being filled up with Nature and yet so close to a heavily-populated area.
Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul.
This abandoned highway is now by virtue of its location, become a key spot in all of Essex County. It stands at the gateway to the City and the gateway to the Essex National Heritage Byway that will open next month.
Instead of a place of ‘wasted’ open space, this is an area where the soul can be refreshed and all the while, symbolizing the high quality of life that Newburyport has to offer.
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside…amidst the simple beauty of nature.