Bruce Gibson here,
It’s no secret that the Cape Cod Rail Trail has been a rousing success. Just Google on “Cape Cod Rail Trail” and watch the hits. But one thing I think the Town of Harwich has failed to do is extend that traffic into Harwich Port proper, and in failing to do this, has not only deprived our local merchants of much-welcomed “wampum”, but also (and perhaps more importantly) denied our guests the full depth of the true “Harwich Experience”. (Set foot in the “Port O’ Call”, the “Hot Stove”, or “George’s Pizza”, and you’ll know what I mean.) Put another way… If you had close friends from the Mid-West visiting Harwich, where would you take them? Me? I’d head for the Port…
So here’s my idea… We create “spurs” off the Cape Rail Trail that extend into Harwich Port. See below, and feel free to click on the map to enlarge, and click to enlarge again.
True, we’ll have to put up signs, and may have to widen roads or blaze trails, but I think the pluses far outweigh the negatives. Just imagine the day trips (or “overnighters” or even weekend jaunts) that this expansion would make possible.
When all is said and done, it’s pretty obvious… This is a win for the town, and a win for folks who visit the Cape in general and Harwich in particular.
P.S. Obviously, the map above is just thinking out loud, but you get the idea.
P.P.S. Many thanks to Harwich Town Planner David Spitz… Dave and I have spent quite some time mulling over this, and he’s clearly on top of his game. Thanks Dave!
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