By Todd Marco
The public kickoff event May 30 for Nisene Rio Gateway (NRG) was fun for all ages! There was a great turnout of volunteers to cut invasive ivy from the trees around Aptos Village Park. Yum Yum Eatery, owned by a local 6-year-old entrepreneur, sponsored the event along with other great local sponsors — New Leaf Community Markets & Original Ferrell’s Donuts.
At the off-site after-party, supporters enjoyed some long overdue in-person socialization! It was great to put faces to names and chat in more detail about NRG’s ambitious plans to improve safety & access for active transportation in Aptos. We also enjoyed some local beer and a variety of wines from another one of our sponsors, Bridge To Nowhere Cellars.
During the event, our latest adventure campaign was announced: “Get your NRG out!” Explorers are encouraged to post their GPS track as they pilot the proposed NRG Park & Trail Network. More details are on the NRG Public Forum on Facebook.
NRG is planning future events like a group hike along the Gateway Trail, reading of The Lorax for storytime in the forest, and of course there’s still plenty of invasive ivy to cut.