Responding to erosion at some beaches on Cape Cod Bay, and growth in others, Brewster town officials propose a new beach access road and bike path extension in a neglected state park between Linnell Landing and Crosby Roads.
An article in the Cape Cod Times reveals the town is negotiating with the state to create the new public recreation area in state-owned land bordered by the roads and scenic route 6A.
Chris Miller, director of Natural Resources in Brewster, states beach frontage between the two beach roads is growing at a rate of 6 to 12 inches per year, yet access to the sand between them is limited to the few who can find parking at the end of the roads and who hike toward the center point north of Weathervane Way.
As the photos show, the proposed new road and bike path begin at rt. 6A at the Cape Repertory Theatre, wind through 275 new parking spaces in three lots and end near the Crosby Mansion. In addition, the existing lot at Linnell Landing would be reconfigured to allow a drop-off area for beachgoers and gear. The bike spur would extend from the existing Cape Cod Rail Trail that runs just south of Rt. 6A.
Town officials say they are responding to complaints from homeowners on Crosby Rd. and Linnell Landing Rd. who say daily beach traffic is unreasonable. At the same time, the homeowners oppose the addition of 275 parking spaces in their town.
Town Selectmen say they will seek public input on the proposal before putting it to a vote. No time frame has been revealled for the process.
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