Trails

The Trust for Public Land is currently working in partnership with the town of Milan and the Northern Forest Center to join newly conserved property with existing publicly owned land to create a community forest that will support sustainable timber harvesting and protect habitat and recreation lands.

Residents of the eastern Vermont town of West Windsor are looking to bring back the former Ascutney Mountain Resort. The ski area went bankrupt and shuttered in the summer of 2010, but it could be turned into a community recreation area if the town can raise the $900,000 necessary to buy the property from its current owner, MFW Associates, according to Vermont Public Radio.

A bankrupt ski resort in West Windsor could become a year-round haven for outdoor sports. But first the town, with support from a land trust, has to raise enough money to buy a big chunk of the land.

The 606, which takes its name from Chicago's ZIP code prefix and whose centerpiece is a 2.7-mile recreational and cultural trail, is a bold and potentially brilliant reinvention of a dormant and derelict elevated freight line that blighted Northwest Side neighborhoods such as Bucktown and Logan Square.

In a densely populated, park-starved part of central Queens, a coalition of local residents and the Trust for Public Land are working to create new open space from a partially elevated rail line from the 1800s.

On a cold February morning in West Windsor, Vermont, the scene at the base of Ascutney Mountain Resort is particularly chilling. For nearly five years, the lifts haven’t spun and the trails have grown into a mangled mess of maple, poplar and birch seedlings. The depressing scene can’t diminish the drive of a few spirited skiers, however ... They’re working to purchase and conserve the land on which Ascutney Mountain Resort once operated and, together with local nonprofits and the townspeople of West Windsor, reopen Ascutney as a community ski hill with hike-to terrain and summertime mountain bike trails.

A Queens deli is making a meal of the proposed QueensWay, which would transform 3.5 miles of abandoned railroad tracks into the borough's version of the High Line.

As an example of the many ways in which the proposed QueensWay Park plans to highlight local businesses and the cultural diversity of the borough, The Trust for Public Land and Friends of the QueensWay today announced a new community initiative called QueensWay Eats. QueensWay Eats—a local restaurant guide and online interactive companion guide—showcases the great diversity of the borough through the many eateries located near the proposed 3.5-mile linear park. The release of the guide was held at famed Rego Park deli Ben's Best Delicatessen, and supported by the Queens Tourism Council.

Together, we can turn the Eastside Rail Corridor into a trail that serves walkers, bikers, families and promotes the economic, social, and environmental vitality of our region

The first segment of the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail, the "backbone" of the Cuyahoga-Lake Link, was dedicated in August 2015. Soon Northeast Ohioans and visitors will be able to ride their bikes along the beloved Towpath Trail from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park all the way to Lake Erie.

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