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OCO and Friends of Fulton Parks host Lake Neatahwanta Nature Trail Walk

OCO and Friends of Fulton Parks host Lake Neatahwanta Nature Trail Walk

Oswego County Opportunities IMPACT program in collaboration with Friends of Fulton Parks (FoFP) invites you to join them September 16 from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 p.m. for a walk along the Lake Neatahwanta Nature Trail. The 1.7 mile scenic lakeside trail is one of the ongoing projects of Friends of Fulton Parks as they work to restore and beautify Fulton’s public parks.

The Lake Neatahwanta Nature Trail encompasses the north and eastern shoreline of the lake. The trail begins on Phillips Street near Lakeview Lanes, and runs south past North Bay Campgrounds, with an easy walk through wooded areas to experience many species of birds and plants. The trail opens up at Bullhead Point, hugging the shoreline through Recreation Park’s new "Teen Haven" playground, which is currently under construction, and continues along the open lakefront at CCW Barrett Drive, to the Stevenson Beach area. From that point the trail becomes a moderately difficult hike as it weaves through the wooded marsh lakeshore to the Fulton Junior High School.

Pictured here are Kelley Weaver (l-r), president of Friends of Fulton Parks, and Kyleigh Kinney of the OCO IMPACT Program.

“Collaborating with Friends of Fulton Parks is a natural fit for our IMPACT program,” said Program Manager Kyleigh Kinney. “Kelley and the Friends of Fulton Parks volunteers have done a great job establishing the Lake Neatahwanta Nature Trail. I invite community members to join us for a leisurely walk and enjoy an outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy. It’s a great way to enjoy outdoor exercise and the beauty of nature, while discovering the many sites along the trail. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a day by the lake!”

Established with funding through the New York Department of Health, OCO’s IMPACT program is focused on the prevention of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Through IMPACT OCO is seeking to expand opportunities to be physically active and to improve access to healthy foods.

“We are pleased to partner with OCO’s IMPACT program for this project, and are grateful to the City of Fulton for providing the trail access,” said Friends of Fulton Parks President Kelley Weaver.

In addition to the walk there will be children’s activities and games, educational demonstrations for all ages by the Department of Environmental Conservation, a scavenger hunt, drawings for commemorative cinch bags, and the Oswego County Health Department’s “Smoothie Bike.”

Participants can also be on the lookout for hand painted rocks courtesy of Fulton NY Rocks that will be placed along the trail. Those finding the rocks are encouraged to post a “selfie” with the rock on the Fulton NY Rocks Facebook page before hiding the rock in a different location.

Friends of Fulton Parks is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit volunteer organization. Its mission is to preserve and revitalize Fulton's parks through collaborative restoration and community events in the parks. For more information on Friends of Fulton Parks or to become a volunteer contact Kelley Weaver at 315-418-0334 or check out FoFP on Facebook: www.facebook.com/friendsoffultonparks.

One of Oswego County’s largest employers, OCO provides more than 50 human service programs that touch the lives of approximately 20,000 county residents each year. OCO’s mission is to build partnerships that improve the quality of life and create successful communities. Visit OCO on the web at www.oco.org. Oswego County Opportunities is a member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

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