From our executive director: We can all be part of Greenway Stimulus

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Philadelphia's Schuylkill River Trail

I’m giving some of my federal stimulus support to the East Coast Greenway Alliance, and I hope you will consider joining me.

This is a historic opportunity for the East Coast Greenway and greenways all over the world. With COVID cases falling and vaccinations rising, recovery is upon us. And yet this spring and summer isn’t time for us to let our guard down completely by filling indoor concert halls and conferences. The next several months is the perfect time to lock-in and build on last year’s gains in bicycling, running and walking in the safety of the outdoors individually, with family and friends, and at events like our August 28-29 New York to Philadelphia bike ride that’s poised to sell out. By investing in Greenway Stimulus, we can close remaining gaps in our networks and make everything from commuting to recreation convenient and accessible for millions more Americans.

As long as we all step up, we can make 2021 the best year yet for the Greenway, building on our momentum from last year when we became the most visited park in America. I’ve been fortunate to have kept my job throughout the crisis, and I’m happy to give back by donating more than ever this yearI feel confident that my donation to the East Coast Greenway Alliance will help spur an equitable recovery for the health, environment and economy of our Eastern Seaboard region and the entire country. Please consider joining me in turning our personal stimulus checks into greenway stimulus that can transform urban and rural America, building needed bridges and connections in divided times.

Federal stimulus support gives me the wherewithal to donate more, and I’m excited to see what the Greenway Alliance can achieve this year. And if you are thinking about legacy giving, please do consider joining the growing Greenway Legacy Circle introduced last month.

Yes, I still have to save for my children’s education and the rainy days that lie ahead. But this is a moment where continued employment, stimulus checks, record equities and home appreciation give me great confidence that we can invest in building a better future together. Will you join me in making a donation to the East Coast Greenway Alliance as part of how you stimulate a healthy, equitable and sustainable recovery?

I look forward to teaming up with you to achieve our common dream of a safe and accessible linear park from the moose to the manatee, from blueberry pie to key lime pie, and much more. What inspires you about the Greenway and its potential in 2021?

Thank you for following the Greenway’s progress and for considering becoming a lead supporter with me. Together, we can make needed transformation happen in the wake of our challenging crisis. Let’s help lead a recovery that brings joy and inspiration to future generations!

- Dennis

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