Trails

The Town of West Windsor, Vermont, Selectboard has approved the creation of a steering committee that will establish Mt. Ascutney Outdoors, a non-profit group that will manage and maintain the assets and recreation opportunities of the West Windsor Town Forest

While The 606 has only been open a few weeks, Chicagoans and visitors are enjoying this 2.7-mile ribbon of recreational space that includes areas for cyclists, runners, walkers and others who wish to enjoy the community interaction and commune with nature and neighbors. This unique place was created by the Trust for Public Land and other partners, including the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District. Recently Choose Chicago had the opportunity to ask Beth White, Chicago area office director of the Trust a few questions about The 606.

Efforts to save land on Arroyo Burro Creek from development have been boosted by a $500,000 grant from The California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC), The Trust for Public Land announced today.

 

The Trust for Public Land (TPL), the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (LFC), and Colorado Open Lands (COL) will complete the permanent acquisition and protection of the 38-acre Polston School property in Alamosa, Colorado as the site of the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park, thanks to two significant grants announced today. Specifically, the Trust for Public Land has secured $700,000 from the LOR Foundation and $254,000 from the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund (GOCO).

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks opened a new trailhead and officially closed the chapter on a nearly three-year effort to turn a former campground and potential logging site into a park.

The Trust for Public Land is working in partnership with state agencies and maple syrup producers to protect the Big Six Forest, among the largest sources of maple syrup in the United States, with a 23,000-acre conservation easement.

The 606 Park and Trail opened to cyclists, runners, and pedestrians Saturday morning. Hundreds of bicyclists took the inaugural ride along the new North Side trail, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Some people who worked toward the long-awaited opening of the Bloomingdale Trail died before it happened. And many who will enjoy the trail have been born since the project began inching forward more than a decade ago.

If you’ve seen New York City’s celebrated High Line, you might expect Chicago’s long-awaited 606 (and its elevated portion, the Bloomingdale Trail) to look similar. After all, they’re both elevated rail beds converted into green pathways. But while the High Line allows only walkers, the 606 welcomes cyclists, runners, and leashed dogs too.

Outdoor Chattanooga, the outdoor-recreation arm of the city government, estimates there are 150 miles of hiking trails within 15 miles of town, and that’s not counting the urban greenways, which add 100 more.

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