Some greenways are recreational corridors or scenic byways that may accommodate motorized and non-motorized vehicles. Others function almost exclusively for environmental protection and are not designed for human passage. Greenways differ in their location and function, but overall, a greenway will protect natural, cultural, and scenic resources, provide recreational benefits, enhance natural beauty and quality of life in neighborhoods and communities, and stimulate economic development opportunities.
Regional programs that affect you...
Trail Town Program
Great potential for business growth catering to greenway users and attracting businesses to a region with a high quality of life. The Trail Town program is being implemented in several of our towns.
Visit one of the EPT Trail Towns:
The Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance (EPTA) is an active coalition of trail organizations, municipalities and individuals dedicated to the promotion, acquisition, development, and maintenance of a safe non-motorized trails network that connects the Bayfront in Erie to the “Point” in Pittsburgh. EPTA will seek to improve the quality of life for communities along the trail network while stimulating economic development and recreational tourism activities.
Industrial Heartlands Trails Coalition
In 2012, a coalition of 48-counties situated in four states formally joined forces to develop a 1,450 mile long multi-use trail system in the industrial heartland of America by 2035. The effort has grown to four states (Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and New York). The effort lead by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and supported by partner organizations such as the National Park Service, has lead to a unified vision. Equally important is the common voice that the coalition has struck in support of trail advocacy.
Connecting Trails, People and Places - their new website Go To TRAILS provides a digital map, whiteboard and forum for trail planners, builders, enthusiasts and explorers to find trail-related information and share ideas for connectivity.