The Yonkers RailTrail
Groundwork is working with the City of Yonkers to create an urban trail for walking, running, and bicycling along a branch of the abandoned Putnam Railroad. This “RailTrail” will eventually stretch from New York City’s Van Cortlandt Park to the downtown Yonkers’ waterfront, reinvigorating the neighborhoods that declined after the “Old Put” stopped running.
As in all of our projects, Groundwork has led an extensive community engagement process involving residents, community and business leaders, and government officials in planning and design decisions. The first phase of the RailTrail, to break ground in 2015, will feature new playgrounds and community gardens. The RailTrail will improve access to local businesses and parks, promote physical activity to combat obesity, and connect with transit and other trails.
In addition to the City of Yonkers, key funders are the Westchester Community Foundation, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Brownfields, the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, Impact 100 Westchester, and Ronald McDonald House Charities. Local stakeholders include St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Yonkers (MHACY), Manhattan College Kinesiology Department, Living Transformation, Steppin’ Up Yonkers, and the South Broadway BID. Groundwork has selected the nationally-renowned Alta Planning and Design as the engineering firm for the project.
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