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Support Encouraged for Proposed Essex Hudson Greenway

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Residents of Essex and Hudson counties are being encouraged to contact their local officials in support of the Essex Hudson Greenway Project, a proposed 135-acre linear park that would span nearly nine miles and be jointly owned by both counties.

A long-held vision of the communities along the route, the project would follow the path of a converted rail line to give pedestrians and cyclists a way to get from the New Jersey suburbs to New York City. Proponents say multi-use trails would provide free recreational opportunities for all ages, encourage healthier lifestyles, bolster local economic development, reduce car trips and carbon footprints, provide additional transportation options and encourage better environmental stewardship.

Open Space Institute (OSI), with support from New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition and the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance, has reached a preliminary agreement with Norfolk Southern Railway Company for property spanning Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Belleville, Newark, Kearny, Secaucus, and Jersey City.

OSI and the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition are currently exploring public funding sources to pay for the acquisition of the line. The development and management of the greenway will happen after the acquisition and could be paid for through a combination of public and private funds. According to the partners, “While much work lies ahead in terms of community outreach, park design, engineering and environmental assessments and financing, the concept of this linear park has never been closer to reality.”

For information about the project and how to support it, visit EssexHudsonGreenway.org.






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