Letter from the President Winter 2017

Do you remember your first walk with Shorewalkers? I do, very clearly. It was the Great Saunter in 2005, which I managed to finish despite strong protests from my feet after 30 miles. The Great Saunter changed the way I saw New York City. Hiking the shores of Manhattan revealed a running continuity among the city's many diverse neighborhoods. New York's waterways physically separate most of our boroughs, but they also serve as connectors, and our shores provide a common bond that can draw our communities together. That experience is part of the magic of Shorewalkers, an organization devoted to increasing public access to and appreciation of New York's waterfronts. 
 
Since that first walk, I have become increasingly involved with the Shorewalkers organization. I began by attending mailing parties, where volunteers stuff envelopes with the maps and numbered bibs that Great Saunterers receive weeks before the event. Maybe I checked you in at a registration table inside Fraunces Tavern on the first Saturday of May. Or perhaps I walked beside you during one of our Great Manhattan Bridge Walks. I believe that if one receives a good deal of enjoyment from an organization, at a certain point one should increase his or her active involvement in supporting it.
 
So it was with great humility and honor that I accepted the full confidence of Shorewalkers' board of directors to become the new president of the organization. I'm especially grateful to Shorewalkers' founder and now Chairman Emeritus Cy Adler, who spent the last 35 years building Shorewalkers into the organization it is today. I look forward to his active participation and counsel as Shorewalkers continues to grow and fulfill its mission over the next year.
 
Our primary goal for the coming year could involve you. Shorewalkers currently conducts almost a hundred volunteer-led hikes per year—from all-day treks like the Great Saunter and the Great Manhattan Bridge Walk to shorter explorations of different waterfront neighborhoods like Astoria, Queens. But New York City has more than 500 miles of coastline, and increasing participation in our hikes demonstrate that more New Yorkers than ever are ready to explore and enjoy our city's waterfronts. Maybe there is an area that you have been itching to explore or a favorite spot in the city that you'd like to share with others. Becoming a hike leader or assistant leader with Shorewalkers could be the opportunity you've been seeking. And there are plenty of other behind-the-scenes ways you can contribute your skills or time to building Shorewalkers' future. Please contact us at mail[at]shorewalkers.org to start a new type of journey with Shorewalkers.
 
In closing, I'd like to thank all of our current members, hike leaders, and volunteers. Shorewalkers is an all-volunteer organization that exists only through the hard work and enthusiasm of those who believe that our waterfronts are a natural gift that can be an integral part of life in New York City. For your continued support in moving Shorewalkers forward, you have my thanks. 
 
Sincerely,
 
David Hogarty
President, Shorewalkers

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