Long Island Greenway

Long Island GreenwayPhoto credit: The Trust for Public Land

What if you could travel to work, the grocery store, or even Montauk Lighthouse without getting in your car?

In 2017, Governor Cuomo announced the Empire State Trail, a continuous 750-mile route slated to become the longest multi-use trail in the country. It will span the state from Plattsburgh and Buffalo to New York City. But it ends in Manhattan—leaving out the 7.8 million New Yorkers who live east of the city. The Trust for Public Land has a plan to change that by creating a historic trail that will connect the residents of Long Island (including Brooklyn and Queens) to the Empire State Trail.

Blazing a new path through the length of Nassau and Suffolk counties might seem like an impossible task that will require major construction, but the work has been done for us by power companies. Utility corridors owned by a public authority already exist to deliver power to the residents of Long Island, and these wide, clear pathways offer a simple solution to building an off-road trail.

Building on existing local plans and trails, and working with a team of more than 170 stakeholder groups, we’re leading the development of the Long Island Greenway and mobilizing support for our plan. Our goal is to help residents to achieve their local vision.

This trail will serve as a vital component of daily life, and a place where memories are made. It will be the safe and trusted route for commuters on their way work, and the place where parents teach their kids to first ride a bike. But we can’t do it without you. Your support will provide the funding we need to develop the detailed plans and engagement campaigns necessary to make this trail a reality.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.