Morris Canal Greenway Conference: March 27, 2014

2014 Morris Canal Greenway Conference

Nearly 100 stakeholders — including state officials, county and municipal representatives, planners, community nonprofit organizations and more — participated in the Morris Canal Greenway Conference held at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Whippany on March 27.

Phyllis Oppenheimer of the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism was the keynote speaker.  She emphasized the potential to stimulate a tourism economy along the 102-mile canal corridor. Oppenheimer said identifying, developing, and marketing the Canal’s historic, cultural, recreational, and other assets will draw visitors to the Morris Canal Greenway.

The half-day conference also included three expert panels that focused on the Morris Canal’s history, success stories in developing canal assets to date, and next steps to make a connected greenway a reality.


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Welcome Remarks: Mary K. Murphy, NJTPA Executive Director

Welcome Remarks: Kathryn DeFillippo, Morris County Freeholder

Keynote Presentation: Phyllis Oppenheimer,
Tourism Rep, New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism

Morris Canal History Lesson: Joe Macasek
and Bob Barth, Canal Society of New Jersey

Intro to the Greenway: Annette Schultz, Planning Consultant,
RBA Group, and East Coast Greenway Trail Committee

Success Stories: Kathy Fisher, President, Montville Historical Society

Success Stories: John Manna, Grants Specialist, Wharton Borough

Success Stories: Jason Simmons,
Environmental Planner, Passaic County

Morris Canal Greenway Next Steps: Susan Taylor,
Executive Director, Friends of the Delaware Canal

Taylor presentation (PDF, 100 KB)

Morris Canal Greenway Next Steps: Andrea Proctor, Resource Interpretive
Specialist, Waterloo Village Historic Site, Division of Parks & Forestry, NJDEP

Morris Canal Greenway Next Steps: Megan Kelly,
Principal Planner: Regional & Subregional Studies, NJTPA

For more information about the Morris Canal Greenway Conference, contact Megan Kelly at the NJTPA at 973-639-8414 or via email at