DEPT OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE
County Executive Ed Day and the Rockland County Department of Health encourage residents to put on your walking shoes and join experienced Rockland County Trail Guide Docents on a variety of free local guided walks.
“We hope County residents take advantage of this great chance to explore our beautiful, natural environment and get some exercise at the same time,” said Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, Rockland County commissioner of Health.
The September guided park walks highlighted below offer visitors varied terrain, great scenery, interesting discussion points, and different levels of walking (1 sneaker is easy, 2 sneaker is moderate, 3 sneaker is strenuous):
Lake Sebago, Harriman State Park: Walk to Two Abandoned Johnsontown Cemeteries
Saturday, September 13 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon RAIN DATE: Saturday, September 20
– Docent Louise Parnell leads this moderately difficult (2 sneaker) 1.5-mile walk to two of the four abandoned Johnsontown Cemeteries, Pine Grove and Johnson Cemetery. With the help of both Walter Luther, President, and Florence Anderson, senior historian, from the Historical Society of the Palisades, participants will learn about the vanished hamlet of Johnsontown and its cemeteries. Since Sebago Beach is permanently closed to the public, participants will have a rare opportunity to go into Lake Sebago with the park’s permission and see these abandoned cemeteries. Registration required: Call Louise Parnell at 845-290-5287by September 12.
Raymond G. Esposito Rail Trail: Where Fitness and History Merge
Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Samuel G. Fisher Mt. Ivy Park: Rockland’s Mysterious Bayou
Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Historic Haverstraw and the Brick Industry: Talk and Walk