Recommendations help partners and stakeholders expand the state’s greenway trail network
Development and expansion of greenway trails should target underserved communities
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) today announced the release of the Draft Statewide Greenways Plan/Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) for review and public comment. This Statewide Greenway Trails Plan provides a vision, goals and recommendations to guide future planning and development of greenway trails, including expanding greenway trails in underserved communities and improving connections between trails and other transportation modes.
- Prioritize the development and expansion of greenway trails in underserved communities.
- Collect and publish information to aid in the planning, development, and management of greenway trails.
- Expand the Greenway Trails System to reach more New Yorkers in more areas.
- Provide funding opportunities for the acquisition, planning, development, and maintenance of greenway trails.
- Foster greater collaboration between agency & stakeholder partners to advance greenway trails in New York.
- Promote the Greenway Trails System as a destination for tourism, healthy recreation, and active lifestyles.
- Enhance bicycle and pedestrian transportation options by connecting greenway trails and communities.
The Draft Plan and associated trail inventory is available for review at: https://parks.ny.gov/inside-
State Parks will hold an online public hearing to receive comments on the Draft Plan and Draft GEIS. Public hearing will be held at: 6:00 p.m., Jan. 6, 2021 before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) via electronic webinar.
Instructions on how to “join” the hearing webinar and provide an oral statement are published in the DEC’s electronic Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) and posted on OPRHP’s website. The DEC’s ENB may be accessed at https://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/
Interpreter services for hearing impaired persons or persons with limited English proficiency will be provided at no charge upon written request submitted no later than December 23, 2020. The written request must be addressed to Chief ALJ James T. McClymonds, NYS DEC Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 625 Broadway, 1st Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1550 or emailed to Chief ALJ McClymonds at email@example.com.
Following the public hearing and public comment period, OPRHP will prepare and post a Final Statewide Greenway Trails Plan/FGEIS incorporating substantive comments.