From July 18 through July 22, five Central New York paddlers, including former Oswego County Planning Director Ed Marx, traveled water routes from Ithaca to Oswego promoting the potential for developing a water trail corridor, that links the Finger Lakes with Lake Ontario.
Traveling with Marx, who is now commissioner of planning for Tompkins County, were Andrew Zepp, executive director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust; Chris Olney, director of stewardship of the Finger Lakes Land Trust; Geoff Milz, senior planner for Cayuga County; and Sue Poelvoorde, senior natural resources planner for New York State Parks.
The paddling group of conservationists and promoters of tourism enjoyed their trip exploring the history and historic areas of the Oswego River on their way to Oswego. They were joined by other local paddlers along the way.
One of their first stops on the Oswego River and Canal was at Great Bear Recreational Area Saturday, where they appreciated the natural beauty of its resources.
In addition, Marx met with the Minetto River View Park volunteers. He was able to view and comment how nicely the park has developed since his work in gaining the grant for its construction.
The paddlers finished their voyage with a barbecue and reception at Wright’s Landing. Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillan greeted the paddlers and endorsed the potential for developing a water trail that links the Finger Lakes with Lake Ontario, utilizing the Seneca and Oswego Rivers.