Young advocates speak up in Swampscott, Mass., for town funding to develop a rail trail, a future East Coast Greenway segment. Photo: Paula Muller,

The Big Picture: Impact and Promise


A sustainable solution for communities large and small.

The East Coast Greenway is a collaborative effort that has attracted more than $1.5 billion in public investment since 1991. The dream of a 3,000-mile protected biking and walking route represents a commitment to public health, environmental sustainability, economic development, and civic engagement. Together, we are connecting people to nature and communities via a safe, accessible Greenway.

2020 Annual Report

“2020 was an incredible year. It was a really tough year for us, as it was for everyone, but we came out of that year actually deploying a lot of investment into East Coast Greenway segments," says Dennis Markatos-Soriano, East Coast Greenway Alliance executive director. 

Learn more about a challenging, yet impactful year for our nonprofit:

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Investing in Our Future

The study, "Investing in Our Future: Quantifying the Impact of Completing the East Coast Greenway in the Delaware River Watershed" was prepared by NV5 and EConsult Solutions in March 2019. The report's key finding: Completing the East Coast Greenway in the Greater Philadelphia region would mean $3 billion in public health, environmental, and economic benefits.

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The Impact of Greenways in the Triangle

The East Coast Greenway Alliance commissioned a study in 2017 to put numbers on what we know to be true: Greenways are good for economic growth. Prepared by Alta Planning + Design and sponsored by GSK, the report finds that the East Coast Greenway generates $90 million in total benefits annually for the Triangle region, from gains in health and the environment to transportation and access benefits, economic gains, and increased property values.

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The Economic, Health, and Environmental Benefits of Completing The Capital Trails Network

The Capital Trails Coalition, in partnership with a team of experts, spent two years developing an impact report to quantify the economic, health, and environmental benefits of our region’s 881 mile multi-use trail network. A key hub of the East Coast Greenway, Washington DC region is uniquely positioned to have the best trails system in the nation.

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Economic and Social Benefits of Completing the Baltimore Greenway Trails Network

Ernst & Young LLP on behalf of the Greater Washington Partnership released a report on the Economic and Social Benefits of Completing the Baltimore Greenway Trails Network. The study examines the potential economic and social benefits of a $28 million plan to expand and connect existing trails in Baltimore City to complete the Greenway Trails Network, a key stretch of the East Coast Greenway. 

Only 10 miles of trail construction is needed to complete a 35-mile trail system that will provide access to a safe, car-free trail network that connects 75 neighborhoods to new recreational and economic opportunities. When finished, the trail network has the potential to unlock new economic, health and social benefits for city residents. 

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Growing Impact, Reach in Our 25th Year

Our 2017 Annual Report celebrates the progress we made in 2017, the 25th anniversary of the East Coast Greenway Alliance. Our annual report offers an overview of the year's accomplishments, a financial summary, and acknowledgement of our many generous partners and supporters. Also included is an insert report on our fall 2017 East Coast River Relay,  the largest program undertaken by the Alliance. The report spotlights some of the 200-plus partnerships forged during the River Relay and focuses on the  Greenway's impact on environment, climate change, health, and economic vitality.

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Connecting People to Place

Our 2016 Annual Report celebrates another remarkable year of achievements and the East Coast Greenway Alliance’s 25th anniversary. It's a tribute to the members, partners, volunteers, and more who keep the Greenway growing. State by state, meet people working to advance the Greenway and read about how leaders are embracing the East Coast Greenway’s promise.

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Trails as 'top community amenity'

“Trails consistently remain the number one community amenity sought by prospective homeowners.” — National Association of Homebuilders (2008) in "Evidence of many varieties of economic benefits linked to trails "(2011)

After a nearly 3-mile walk/bike path was built as a part of the Ravenel bridge in Charleston, SC, local researchers surveyed users. Sixty-seven percent said that they exercise more since the opening of the path. This increase was even more pronounced for African Americans — 85 percent became more active thanks to [the path]. For a state with one of the highest obesity rates, this is big news.” — The Federal Investment in Bicycling: 10 Success Stories (2013)

Every 300 miles of new greenway infrastructure in North Carolina results in “economic stimulus from upfront construction of $174 M supporting 1,600 jobs" and increased tourism activity of $128 M supporting 1,600 jobs. —WalkBikeNC: North Carolina Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan (2013)

"Property values are 5-20 percent higher near trails." — Headwaters Economics

Headwaters Economics, a nonprofit research group, has compiled a searchable collection of studies on the positive impacts of trails, especially in small or medium-sized towns and rural areas. The library is searchable by type of benefit, use, year, and region.  Search Trail Benefits Library

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Meet the East Coast Greenway

The work of the East Coast Greenway Alliance encourages people to develop active lifestyles, interact and make positive impacts on the environment, boost local economic development, and connect with communities. In this video produced by one of our partners, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, meet Executive Director Dennis Markatos-Soriano and learn a little more about our vision and impact.

Meet the East Coast Greenway Alliance

Stories of Impact

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$100 million invested in East Coast Greenway development in 2020

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2020 new Greenway segments

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A trail transformation

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