Efforts to construct an extension of the Shining Sea Bike Path from North Falmouth to the Cape Cod Canal were given a huge financial boost this week. The project received a $285,000 grant through the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program.

The six-mile extension of the bike path from North Falmouth up to the canal was one of 71 projects across the state that received grants totaling $5 million. The announcement was made by Lieutenant Governor Karyn E. Polito in Lowell on Wednesday, June 26.

Mark M. Emmons shepherded the grant application process as a member of the Town Administrator’s Advisory Committee on Pedestrian and Bicycle Pathway. Mr. Emmons said the group was “very excited to receive this grant.”

“It is going to be instrumental for our efforts to connect the Cape Cod Canal to the Shining Sea Bike Path,” he said.

Committee chairman David J. McPherson said the grant will provide the necessary additional funding for design of Phase 1 of the trail, from Bell Road to Monument Neck Road, and the start of design on Phase 2, going south from Monument Neck Road to Monks Cove in Pocasset.

Mr. McPherson said the grant shows that “state officials recognize the immense value of linking the Cape Cod Canal and Shining Sea bikeways.”

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