Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ogletown Orphanage Property Trail Map

The Orphanage Property proposed park and trail system should be of interest to many of our readers. I mapped it by GPS last year when we first learned that it is threatened by an enormous mixed housing development. As many of you know, we are in the fight of our lives to save this beautiful landscape as a regional park for Ogletown - something that is desperately needed.

Ogletown residents have been vastly underserved when it comes to parkland and open space. None of NCC's regional parks with amenities are within a safe walking or biking distance of their homes, while other regions including Pike Creek and the City of Newark are continually adding them.

The easiest way to access the trail system is Pearson Drive, through Todd Estates II, south of Route 4. Pearson dead-ends at a major trail head with room for parking. Use caution; there is a small chance that you may encounter ATVs. The trails are mostly hard packed dirt, with occasional erosion and low spots that need restoration.

Please visit our facebook page dedicated to the cause, and consider liking us today!

We mapped out the entire trail system using a GPS.

The view from orbit. The lower left 1/3 will be paved over by a housing development, and the rest of the trail system shut down via DNREC directive. It doesn't have to happen if residents and advocates rally to the cause, and protest to their legislators about what is at stake.

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