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On the Greenway
News and notes for friends of the East Coast Greenway
February 2019

Runners on the Greenway's Schuylkill River Trail. Photo @schuylkillbanks 

From our executive director

My long walk in the park: Testing our limits

That's me last Saturday morning, 1:15 am, bundled up and ready to take a shuttle to C&O Canal National Park to start walking. At 3:30 am, with wind chill in the teens and small lamps on our heads, 145 of us began the FreeWalkers' annual Kennedy 50-Mile Walk. I'm proud of how far I walked. It was tough, and I loved it. Read more

Call to action: R.I. proposing $28M cut from bike/walk projects

Dozens of Rhode Island bike/walk projects — greenway extensions and maintenance work — stand to be delayed or cancelled by the state's Department of Transportation in order to shift funding to highway work. Ocean State residents have until February 28 to voice opposition to the proposed funding shift. 
Learn more and speak up against RI DOT amendment

New hire doubles communications capacity;
two regional coordinator positions open 

Help advance the Greenway in Florida and Virginia/North Carolina

John Martin III joins the East Coast Greenway Alliance at the end of this month as communications manager. Martin will handle media relations, event promotions, and social media primarily. Lisa Watts will shift to a new role as content manager, responsible for our website, publications, and news and feature stories. Martin, who lives in Chapel Hill, served the last five years as associate communications director with USA Swimming, the sport’s governing body. He previously held a similar role with USA Triathlon and worked seven years in athletic communications at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his alma mater.

Meanwhile, two regional Greenway coordinators recently stepped down from their positions. Paul Haydt, our Florida coordinator, left to pursue business opportunities. Kathryn Zeringue, our Virginia and North Carolina coordinator, left to serve as a transportation planner in the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Division.

Learn more about openings and apply

Leading with trails: Greater Philly greenway leaders
will open Mid-Atlantic Summit Thursday, April 4
A panel of trail leaders in the Greater Philadelphia area will open the first night of our Mid-Atlantic Greenways & Trails Summit, sharing the history of local greenway segments along with recent and future successes. Andrew Johnson, director of the watershed protection program with the William Penn Foundation, will moderate the panel discussion. The opening reception, following an afternoon of mobile workshops, will include poster viewing and networking time.

Friday's schedule includes a morning keynote with New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver and mid-day addresses from Pennsylvania's Secretary of Conservation & Natural Resources, Cindy Dunn, along with Patty Elkis, planning director with Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commissioner. Attendees can choose from two dozen workshops on Friday and from four mobile workshops on Saturday.

See Summit schedule overview

Early bird rates end Friday, Feb. 15
Learn more and register for Mid-Atlantic Summit
N.H. Seacoast Greenway committee members on abandoned rail line they are pushing to turn into Greenway. Seacoast Online photo

Greenway in the news: Media mentions
Bicycling Boom: East Coast Greenway, Lufthansa Magazine, February 2019
County to join East Coast Trail System, Chesterfield Observer, Feb. 13, 2019

Trails Coalition (MA) works to link communities, Daily News, Feb. 8, 2019

Hamden (CT) plans canal trail repairs, New Haven Independent, Feb. 8, 2019

State outline plans to restore Moosup Valley Trail (CT), Hartford Courant, Feb. 4, 2019

As Mount Pleasant (SC) runs low on land, rural Awendaw braces for growth, Post and Courier, Jan. 30, 2019

Harnett (NC) trails part of national system, joins rail trail in East Coast Greenway, The Daily Record, Jan. 28, 2019

Hampton (NH) votes to support rail trail proposal, Seacoast Online, Jan. 28, 2019

Bucks (PA) towns get grants to improve trails, walkable communities, The Intelligencer, Jan. 25, 2019

Biking/walking 'trail' blazers all in on East Coast Greenway (FL), Vero News, Jan. 24, 2019

Final segment complete in bike trail between St. Johns, Putnam counties (FL),  St. August Record, Jan. 17, 2019

Valentine's Day: Show your Greenway love, get a gift  

Join or renew your East Coast Greenway Alliance membership today at $50 or higher and we'll send you a Greenway neck-warmer buff as a thank you. Offer good through February, but today's a great day to give!
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