February 18, 2008

Proposed greenway would connect 5 South Shore towns

Residents have proposed creating a network of walking and cycling paths in Cohasset, Hull, Hingham, Norwell, and Scituate, the Boston Globe reports. The idea is to be both recreational -- so people can enjoy green space -- and for actual transportation, to link up to parks and waterfronts as well as ferry and train stations.

"All of these communities have some beautiful open spaces," Judeth Van Hamm, president of Sustainable South Shore, which first proposed the idea, according to the Globe.

"Proponents say a South Shore Greenway would build on substantial progress already made by the towns," the Globe says. "The plan would join the corridors and fill in gaps where needed."

Sustainable South Shore, have worked with the Conway School of Landscape Design to create a specific plan.

Local businesses are also on board; the greenway study is backed by Cohasset Cycle Sports and Jake's Seafood Restaurant in Hull, as well as Sustainable South Shore and Scituate's People for Active Transportation and Health.

"The idea is to link all these treasures that we have," Van Hamm told the Globe. "There will be a map; people can follow it."