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.
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.
With support from community members and city officials, The Trust for Public Land helped protect 100 acres of Mercer Slough for the parks department as an addition to an urban wetland park.
The Trust for Public Land today announced that the last large unprotected coastal forest between New York and Boston, a 1,000 acre parcel known as The Preserve, will be permanently protected, instead of being developed with houses and a golf course. The land is now owned by Connecticut, the town of Old Saybrook and Essex Land Trust.
In 2012, Santa Barbara voters overwhelmingly defeated a plan that could have led to the development of Veronica Meadows, once home to the Veronica Medicinal Springs Water Company. For many years, the oak-dotted land along a creek had been a popular place to stroll or commune with nature—so beautiful that it was a favorite location for local artists to set up their easels.