Archive: Hudson River Valley Greenway Reports and Letters (2014)
Battery to Battery The Hudson River Valley Greenway will stretch from Battery Park City in NYC to Battery Park in Troy, NY.
In the Bronx, the Greenway will connect pathways in Yonkers with pathways in Inwood Hill Park.
The first planning for the Hudson River Valley Greenway in the Bronx was carried out in 1997-1998 by a committee of dedicated volunteers, with a grant of $50,000 from the New York State Greenway office.
The grant supported a landscape architect and community meetings. The Preservancy contributed much of the required 50% match for the grant in the form of
staff time. Preservancy staff wrote the committee report and supported community outreach. (See HRGV Bronx Advisory Committee Report)
Most recently, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) completed a planning study and released recommendations in 2014 for short-term and long-term routes for the Greenway through the Bronx and Westchester. The Riverdale Nature Preservancy and other Bronx, Westchester and regional organizations were members of NYMTC’s Technical Advisory Committee. Representatives of affected agencies formed NYMTC’s Steering Committee. (See below, Hudson River Greenway Study by the NYMTC Parts I-III).
Summary Map of Short-, Medium- and Long-term Recommendations
Reports and Letters
The study by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) was completed in 2014. It recommends:
A long-term route along the shore of the Hudson River, to be implemented in phases (Hudson River Greenway NYMTC Study 2014, below)
Fourteen individual links, to be implemented through many capital projects over 10+ years (Hudson River Greenway NYMTC Study 2014 Part II, below)
An interim route along existing streets (Hudson River Greenway NYMTC Study 2014, Part III below)
Part I Hudson River Greenway NYMTC Study- Below
Part II Hudson River Greenway NYMTC Study- Below
Part III Hudson River Greenway NYMTC Study- Below
This study was funded through the federal "Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users" (SAFETEA-LU) Act of 2005.
NYMTC presented a summary of its final recommendations to the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on October 16, 2013 (below).
Riverdale Nature Preservancy: Contributions to Bronx Greenway Planning (1998-2014)
The Preservancy's comments on NYMTC's plan (below) were read by Sherida Paulsen, Chair of the Riverdale Nature Preservancy, on February 21, 2014, at a joint meeting of the Community Board Transportation and Parks Committees.
The Preservancy's letter to NYMTC, dated October 15, 2013 (below), and letter to Bronx Community Board 8, dated December 19, 2013 (below) outline safety, security, accessibility and environmental issues and concerns that must be addressed as the Greenway is implemented.
The Board of Directors of the Preservancy developed and distributed a questionnaire to obtain a clearer sense of the viewpoints of its members on the Hudson River Valley Greenway. Responses to the questionnaire were anonymous, and were reported on June 2012 (left). The questionnaire was distributed to members of the Preservancy with the Preservancy’s December 2010 fundraising letter, emailed to some 100 members who had provided their email addresses to the Preservancy, posted on the Preservancy’s website, and made available at Riverfest in June 2011. No further responses were received after July 2011.
A total of 65 responses were received between December 2010 and July 2011, including 41 paper responses and 24 on-line responses.
The Preservancy and the Friends of the Hudson River Valley Greenway in the Bronx submitted to NYMTC in September 2009 a Joint Statement outlining community needs that must be addressed by the greenway (below).
Every land use discussion is framed by the principles, values, and overarching goals of the participants. The Preservancy's work on the Greenway, in community and on NYMTC's Technical Advisory Committee, is guided by these Principles and Values (below).
The Hudson River Valley Greenway was created by the New York State legislature through the Hudson River Valley Greenway Act of 1991. The office of the New York State Greenway assists municipalities with the creation of local sections of the greenway.
Riverdale residents, including the Riverdale Nature Preservancy, formed a Bronx Greenway Advisory Committtee to study potential greenway routes through the Bronx, and received a grant from the Greenway office in 1996. The committee reported its recommendations to the New York State Greenway office in October 1998 (below).