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Celebrate May, National Bike Month, At Brooks’ Bike Shop

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May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast.  Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more folks to try biking!    bikeleague.org

Celebrate National Bike Month by visiting Brooks’ Bike Shop on the Tammany Trace.  Brooks’ Bike Shop is your stop for Rentals, Repairs and New Rides.   Brooks’ is now your dealer for Fuji, Phat, SE, Tuesday and Breezer, plus a full range of used bikes in great condition.  You’ll also find long boards, three-wheelers and kayaks, plus just about any accessory you may need.


Brooks’ Bike Shop is also the World Headquarters of the Covington Bicycle Club, an active local group for bicycling enthusiasts.  For more information about the Covington Bicycle Club, call 985-237-3658 and Patrick will be happy to talk to you.  Brooks’ Bike Shop located 416  E. Gibson.
Visit brooksbikeshop.com and find them on FB.

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Brooks’ Bike Shop Offers Rentals, Repairs & New Rides

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Brooks’ Bike Shop is located at 416 E. Gibson St. (on the Tammany Trace) in historic downtown Covington.   Brooks’ is a full-service bicycle shop featuring new and restored bikes, repairs, rentals and merchandise. Dealer for Fuji, SE, Phat, Tuesday and Breezer, plus a full range of used bikes in great condition at great prices.
Brooks’ Bike Shop carries a full range of accessories and custom items, plus long boards and three wheelers.  Brooks’ also rents kayaks for your next trip to the river!

Brooks’ Bike Shop is also the World Headquarters of the Covington Bicycle Club, the active local group for bicycling enthusiasts.  This month, the Club rides on Thursday evenings, ending up at the Covington Trailhead for the Rockin’ the Rails Free Concert Series.  For more information about the Covington Bicycle Club, call 985-237-3658 and Patrick Brooks will be happy to talk to you about it.  More information online at brooksbikeshop.com

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KCB Announces Annual River Sweep on the Bogue Falaya – September 19th

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kcb river sweepKeep Covington Beautiful is sponsoring its annual Bogue Falaya River Sweep, a litter clean-up on the Bogue Falaya River, on Saturday, September 19th. KCB will partner with the City of Covington and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s Beach Sweep. This event is held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy.

KCB invites volunteers to bring their canoes & kayaks to the Menetre (4th Avenue) Boat Launch at 8:00 a.m. KCB will provide trash bags, gloves & litter grabbers. Paddlers will collect litter in & along the river from the boat launch to the Boston Street Bridge & back. Personal flotation devices are required for all paddlers. All volunteers will be required to sign a waiver before participating in the event. Signature of parent or guardian is required for youth under the age of 18, or if part of a group, by the organization’s authorized adult sponsor.

Volunteers will also pick up litter at the boat launch and other locations where litter accumulates or enters the river, ending at Bogue Falaya Park. Volunteers are needed to assist with signing in the volunteers at the boat launch, with setting up the picnic and with helping paddlers unload their catch at the park.

Paddlers and volunteers interested in helping with the clean-up are asked to sign up by September 14th by contacting KCB at 985-867-3652 or email to keepcovbeautiful@gmail.com. A limited number of canoes and kayaks will be available. They will be assigned as paddlers sign up. Event day volunteers & paddlers are always welcome but canoe/kayak availability cannot be guaranteed. Free Beach Sweep event t-shirts will be available in various sizes for the first (50) volunteers to sign in at the event. All volunteers and paddlers are invited to a picnic at Bogue Falaya Park small pavilion following the clean-up. Prizes will be given for the largest item and the most unusual item collected on the river.

As much as eighty percent of all litter and debris in our oceans, rivers and lakes originates on land, carried there by wind and storm water run-off. The rivers that define the city of Covington are essential to its unique character. Join us to help keep our portion of this scenic river clean!

To become a member or volunteer and to learn how to get involved with KCB’s major project, the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail, located at the Covington Recreation Complex, visit keepcovingtonbeautiful.org. In addition to the nature trail, Keep Covington Beautiful’s other projects include planting the downtown street-side planters, an Arbor Day tree give-away, educational seminars, litter prevention and recycling activities. www.keepcovingtonbeautiful.org

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Covington Community Connections: Greenways & Blueways National Park Initiative to Begin in 2015

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The City of Covington is launching a project to plan a network of sidewalks, paddle and shared-use recreational trails, thanks to being selected by the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program for technical assistance.

The federal agency will offer the city technical support as it launches “Covington Community Trails: Greenways and Blueways,” a planning project that will result in a conceptual design of non-motorized routes in and around the city. The project will take about a year to complete, and shall be implemented in stages using a strategy that incorporates grant funding and traditional sources of city revenue, along with public and private partnerships.

Bogue Falaya River

Bogue Falaya River

One key feature of the design will be a paddle trail approximately five miles in length along the Bogue Falaya and Tchefuncte Rivers which border the southern portion of the city. With the main launching hub at Bogue Falaya Park, paddlers will be able to disembark from their kayaks, canoes and paddleboards to take advantage of the city’s array of commercial, cultural and recreational venues including four municipal parks, the downtown historic district, St. Tammany Trace, and the Covington Trailhead Museum and Cultural Arts and Events Center. Access to these attractions will be further enhanced by approximately ten miles of interconnected sidewalks and shared-use trails that may be used for bicycling, skating and jogging. These non-motorized routes will tie into city neighborhoods, thereby making walking and bicycling an easier and more pleasant means of recreation and transportation for residents and visitors alike.

As the plan is implemented, the City anticipates four positive outcomes: increased recreational opportunities for citizens; spurred economic growth; improved conservation practices; and a strengthened sense of community and civic pride. Ultimately, the plan will incorporate initiatives encouraged by the federal advocacy group, Smart Growth America, and the National Complete Streets Coalition. These initiatives include creating walkable neighborhoods, providing a variety of transportation choices, improving the capacity and efficiency of local roads, and preserving natural beauty and critical environmental areas. By following “smart growth” principles, the plan will ultimately provide more options for how people can navigate the City of Covington, and support businesses and jobs in the process.

“I am delighted that the National Park Service has chosen to work with the City of Covington through the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program,” said Covington Mayor Mike Cooper. “By lending their expertise and support to this project, they are helping us move forward in our goal to increase recreational opportunities and become a more connected, pedestrian-friendly city.”

Input from local residents and prospective stakeholders will be an integral part of the planning process, accomplished in part through a series of public meetings. The first meeting is on Thursday, December 4, at 6 p.m. at the Covington City Council Chambers, 222 E. Kirkland St. The public is invited to attend. Additionally, National Park Service representatives are available to meet one-on-one with civic, recreational and professional organizations that wish to contribute ideas, obtain more information, or get involved in the project.

“We (RTCA) take the input of the residents of Covington very seriously when developing a plan that is intended to reflect that which they hope to see in the community,” said RTCA Louisiana Project Coordinator Stacye Palmer-McBride.

“Public input is essential to help shape recreational amenities that can be enjoyed by all Covington citizens in the future,” said Covington Planning and Zoning Director Nahketah Bagby, “These amenities will increase the ability for citizens to make active, healthy lifestyle choices and enhance quality of life in Covington.”

The project is being stewarded by a committee of federal and city employees that includes Palmer-McBride and Bagby, along with RTCA Program Manager Deirdre Hewitt, National Park Service Community Assistance Fellow Sofia Lopez, City Engineer Daniel Hill, Cultural Arts and Events Manager Aimee Faucheux, Executive Assistant to the Mayor for Special Projects Pam Keller, GIS Analyst Chad Whaley, Grants Administrator Kelli Moore, and Keep Covington Beautiful Executive Director Priscilla Floca.

To schedule a one-on-one meeting or obtain more information about Covington Community Trails: Greenways and Blueways, email Stacye Palmer-McBride at stacye_palmer@nps.gov or call Kelli Moore at (985) 898-4717.

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KCB Bogue Falaya River Sweep & Clean Green River Run April 5th

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Keep Covington Beautiful Bogue Falaya River Sweep & Clean Green River RunKeep Covington Beautiful will host their annual Bogue Falaya River Sweep litter clean-up on Saturday April 5th, 8 – 10:30 am, starting at the 4th Avenue Boat Launch. This year after the litter clean-up they will incorporate a River Run Race starting at the Bogue Falaya Park. This race will be open to canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. Register for either event by March 30th with KCB by calling 985-867-3652 or emailing kcb@covla.com. Visit www.keepcovingtonbeautiful.org for more information and race entry forms.

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