NJ Commits to Further East Coast Greenway Support!

I’m happy to share a recent bit of good news:

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (where EPA chief Lisa Jackson led until this year) announced support for East Coast Greenway Alliance efforts throughout their state.

New Jersey is already one of our leading states. Almost half of the route is off-road greenway and the state is one of only three ECG states with a top-notch trail guide completed (and available upon request) thanks to the support of the NJ Department of Transportation (DOT) and the US DOT Federal Highway Administration. The Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath from Trenton to New Brunswick is currently the longest greenway on our East Coast Greenway (though the Down East Sunrise Trail in Maine will probably take that title in 2010).

The NJ DEP grant, administered by its Division of Parks & Forestry, will send ~$19,000 to support dozens of events in 2010 that promote ECG usage throughout our ~100-mile route. The effort will be led by our Mid-Atlantic Region Coordinator, Mike Oliva, in partnership with our NJ Committee of volunteers. Mike Oliva and the NJ team will blog about these events as they occur, from bike rides and walks to informational displays at community events along the corridor. In other words, by the end of 2010, we’re gonna have a lot more people enjoying the East Coast Greenway for their local commute and as a path for visitors to see the Garden State from neighboring New York, Pennsylvania or beyond.

Thanks to the NJ DEP, the crucial New Jersey corridor will continue to get better for everyone exploring the East Coast Greenway! If you haven’t yet biked or walked along this route, I encourage you to do so soon :)

And if you like that news, just wait until tomorrow’s update (hint: we rushed to DC for an important meeting with federal leaders that want to support the East Coast Greenway)…

-Dennis Markatos-Soriano, Executive Director

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