Paseo del Morro National Recreational Trail Extension (Environmental Assessment)
The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for the Paseo del Morro National Recreational Trail Extension (EIS). The objectives of the project are: to create public access to the North Coast of the Old San Juan Islet and create recreational public space along coastal area in front of Old San Juan, protect the historic walls of El Morro, and encourage the educational tourism within the area. The EIS will include the involvement of multiple entities, including the Municipality of San Juan and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and neighborhoods along the trail corridor. The project would be constructed in four phases according to the segments within the project extension.
The park has involved the community in information gathering for developing a shared vision for the Paseo del Morro National Recreational Trail Extension as part of an effort led by the NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program. Meetings were held with the community in January 2010, August 2010, March 2011, and October 2011, to begin discussions on trail extension and connectivity. The development of the Draft EIS will use the information gathered in those meetings to assist with alternative development along with future meetings in collaboration with the RTCA effort.
The NPS will provide additional opportunities for the public to provide written comments upon publication of the Draft EIS. The NPS welcomes public participation by Federal, State, and local agencies as well as other concerned organizations and private citizens throughout the process of the EIS.
Walter Chavez, Superintendent
San Juan National Historic Site
501 Calle Norzagaray
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901