The ECGA is Turning 25! Celebrate with us in Providence, RI, This Fall!



The ECGA is Turning 25! Celebrate with us in Providence, Rhode Island.

Who: All are invited!

What: East Coast Greenway Alliance Annual Summit & 25th Anniversary Kick-Off

WhereProvidence, RI 

When: November 11 & 12th

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Registration is required – includes attendance at all events, and lunch on Saturday. Non-members, registration also includes a year membership to the ECGA!

Friday, November 11th

2:30-4:30 pm
Join us in kicking off the ECGA’s 25th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Summit! We’ll start the weekend off right with two fun and active ways to explore the ECG in the Ocean State:

Option 1: Walking Tour
5-mile walking tour of the Blackstone River Bikeway (segment 1A in construction) and the future alignment of River Road, the Blackstone Boulevard, India Point Park and the pedestrian bridge spanning I-195, and the  George Redman Linear Park. The walk will be led by Bill DeSantis (VHB) and Rick Richards (Seekonk Riverbank Revitalization Alliance)
Click here for the route map:

Option 2: Bike Ride
20-mile bike ride on the ECG Rhode Island coastal route. We’ll start at India Point Park, cross the Seekonk River over the George Redman Linear Bridge and ride the East Bay Bike Path to Warren, RI and back. (

5:30-7 pm
ECGA Reception & 25th Celebration at Small Point Cafe – 230 Westminster Street

Saturday, November 12th: Annual Meeting and State of the Greenway Summit

Location: University of Rhode Island,
Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies
Classroom 228
80 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903

Agenda (Draft):

8:30-9:30 am
ECGA Annual Member Meeting and elections
(Read about elections and how to vote here

9:30 – 10 am
Coffee & snacks

9:30 am – 3 pm
ECGA 25th Kick-Off & State of the Greenway Summit 

10:00 – 10:30 am
Welcome with local leaders & introductions, Dennis Markatos-Soriano (ECGA Executive Director) and Molly Henry (ECGA New England Coordinator), Alex Ellis (Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition, Executive Director)

10:30 am – 11:45 am
Panel on the history of the ECG and ECGA (1991 – 2009)
Panelists: Karen Votava (ECGA Executive Director, 1991-2009), Pat King (ECGA co-founder), David Dionne (former Chair, ECGA Board of Trustees), 
Dave Lutz (ECGA co-founder), Eric Weis (ECGA staff, 1998-2016)

11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch & Networking Break

12:30- 1:45 pm
State of the Greenway Update with special coverage on New England
Niles Barnes (Director of Greenway Programs), Molly Henry (New England Coordinator), Bruce Donald (Tri-State Coordinator), Andy Hamilton (Mid-Atlantic Coordinator) & Kathryn Zeringue (South Atlantic Coordinator)

1:45 – 2 pm

2:00 – 3:00 pm
Part II: Panel on the history of the ECG and ECGA (2009-2016 & Beyond)
Panelists: Dennis Markatos-Soriano (ECGA Executive Director), Bob Spiegelman (Chair, ECGA Board of Trustees), Chuck Flink (Chair, ECGA Advisory Board), Jean Crowther (ECGA Board of Trustees)

3:00 – 4:30 pm
Guided walking tour of downtown Providence
Led by Barbara Barnes and Beverly Petine of the Rhode Island Historical Society
Meet outside of URI at the corner of Westminster & Union Street (Across the street from Grants Block)

Registration includes attendance at all events, and lunch on Saturday. Non-members, registration also includes a year membership to the ECGA! Register here

All locations can be found on the following map

Resources for downtown parking: or

For more information please contact Molly Henry at
or call 610.348.4931.

Looking for overnight accommodations? Consider some of these options in downtown Providence:
Renaissance Providence, Hilton Garden Inn Providence, Providence Biltmore, Hotel Providence, or Hampton Inn. Other options outside of the downtown area which are bike or public transit accessible include; Edgewood Manor Bed & Breakfast, Econo Lodge Cranston, or Comfort Inn Warwick Airport.

Interested in renting a bicycle? Check out these great local Providence bike shops to make reservations: Providence Bicycle, Dash Bicycle or NBX Bikes.

Top photo of Providence skyline with bicycle by Sarah Thomas,

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