Investing in Our Future - Quantifying the Impact of Completing the East Coast Greenway in the Delaware River Watershed

This report looks at the impact of the East Coast Greenway within the Delaware River Watershed.

by Niles Barnes, Deputy Director, East Coast Greenway Alliance

The East Coast Greenway links many Delaware River Watershed communities and open spaces together and acts as a centerpiece of the greater regional trail networks, including The Circuit Trails and Delaware Greenways. The complete buildout of the East Coast Greenway and connecting regional trail networks will enable residents and visitors to walk, run, bike, or skate out their front doors for short or long treks. When complemented with the region’s robust passenger rail system, it will make for a resilient and sustainable transportation network.

The East Coast Greenway is a work in progress. The route shown on pages 6 and 7 of this report show the completed and in-progress sections of the trail as of April 1, 2019. The in-progress sections are in various stages of planning, design, and construction.

About the Author

Niles Barnes leads the East Coast Greenway team of 6 regional Greenway coordinators, implements strategies for Greenway advocacy and public policy initiatives, and contributes to organizational operations, program delivery, finance, and technology.

Niles’s passion lies not only in developing the physical trail but also the potential it has to create a sustainable future that includes more healthy and prosperous local communities along the entire Eastern Seaboard.

Niles graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kentucky and received his master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a certificate in business administration from the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics.

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