Trail improvements much needed at Hull Cove
If you recall, last summer someone clear-cut the trail to Hull Cove, a town-maintained public rightof way to the beach. The work was done without permission from the Coastal Resources Management Council. No one ever claimed responsibility for the transgression.
In addition to clear-cutting the trail, an iron gate equipped with a padlock was erected at the trail’s access from Beavertail Road. In the process, town property at the trail access was destroyed.
The CRMC said that the town of Jamestown would be responsible for footing the $17,000 cost of restoring the trail.
Now the Jamestown Conservation Commission has learned that a $100,000 grant has been approved to build a handicap-accessible elevated walkway along the trail. (See the story on Page 16.) That is good news, indeed.
In 2009, the Conservation Commission abandoned a similar project to build a boardwalk along the trail to Hull Cove because the CRMC rejected the plan due to wetlands. The CRMC said at the time the only walkway it would allow would be one that is elevated 3 feet over the ground.
It appears that the new grant application has the necessary backing of the CRMC. The town must negotiate the details of the grant, but hopefully the work will include the required trail restoration.
The public access would benefit from the installation of a boardwalk. As the trail follows through wetlands, it is often wet and muddy. That means the trail is not accessible to those who are handicapped or who may have trouble walking along the muddy ground.
Let’s hope the boardwalk project becomes reality.
– Jeff McDonough