Long Island Empire State Trail Extension

The Need
Our mission at The Trust for Public Land is to create parks and protect land for people. But 1 in 3 people in America doesn’t have access to a close-to-home park.

Knowing that multi-use paths and linear parks are a great way to connect people to nature and to provide space through which communities and neighborhoods can commute, play, and live, we’re planning a multi-use, bike and pedestrian path for more than three million New Yorkers on Long Island.

The Empire State Trail – announced in Governor Cuomo’s State of the State message – is a bold vision: a trail that will connect the New York/Canadian border to New York City, providing a multi-use path that connects people to nature across the state.

We are leading an effort to extend the Empire State Trail to Long Island to create a truly statewide resource and to respond to demand for a multi-use trail from New York City to Long Island.

Our Work
Working with the New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC), we are meeting with partners, industry leaders, and others to create a vision and an implementation plan that will guide the creation of the Long Island Empire State Trail Extension.

Our nationwide experience in buying abandoned rail corridors and recycling land though imaginative planning and designs, is paired with NYBC’s network of bikers and local and government partners.

We expect our report to be completed by December 2018, setting the stage for the next phase of work.

Learn More, Then Help!
Download the map of the proposed Long Island Empire Trail Extension below.

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