Minabaug Bike-Pedestrian Lane…East Meets West

For years it bothered former MBA President George Tattersall that there was no safe and well-lit way to go from the East End Business District past the state beach to the West End Business District of Misquamicut.  So a decade ago he came up with an idea. It took years to permit and get approved.  In 2022 the dream became a reality thanks to the partnership of the Misquamicut Business Association, The Town of Westerly, RI DEM, Home Depot and the Governor’s office. Now we have the Minabaug Bike-Pedestrian Lane on Atlantic Ave. The lane was dedicated last September. Minabaug was the original name given to the pond that was later known as Brightman’s Pond and more recently as Winnapaug Pond. It was suggested by Caswell Cooke to give the connector back the name that Native Americans called it. This was approved by the Town Council in 2021.  We encourage you all to use and enjoy this lane when walking, biking, pushing a stroller or skateboarding along Atlantic Ave. There are benches, a historical marker and a kiosk with the history of our area. There is also a public kayak launching area. It is for all to enjoy!  Please help us keep the area clean and free of trash.