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Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR)

Focus Area: Greenway Network

The HLSP improvements, East Rockaway High School Hardening and Coastal Marshland Restoration projects each have greenway components within them. The focus of the Greenway Network project is to provide waterfront access in other sections of the LWTB project area and connect the greenways together in a continuous system.
 
Continuous safe pedestrian pathways from residential areas to the waterfront in the LWTB project area are rare and if they exist, they are fragmented with little connectivity for any significant lengths. The winning RBD LWTB project proposal noted that the overall scale and existing land use of the area makes it ideal for biking, walking, and boating, but existing routes toward or along the river and bay are ad-hoc and discontinuous, and the adjacent neighborhoods' access to the river is poor. Combining this fact with the potential degradation of stormwater management and environmental habitat has created a concern for the sustainable resilience of the community.
 
The RBD LWTB design called for the landscapes along Mill River to be interconnected into a strong "blue green" framework in order to improve public accessibility and visibility of the Mill River as a means to increase safety, and enhance the ecological and landscape value of this historic water course. It will also increase recreational opportunities for the densely populated communities serving as a long-term positive benefit to the residents. The concept for the Greenway Network is shown in Figure 19.
 
The development of the Greenway Network is intended to be a strong feature for the suburban layout along and adjacent to the Mill River, thus transforming it into an attractive public amenity. The intent is to take the currently disconnected recreational and open resources in the LWTB project area, as well as schools, and link them into a coherent system of pedestrian and bike paths, resulting in the creation of a new greenway. Another goal of the Greenway Network is to adopt and develop new sites along the Mill River that are presently underutilized and/or not accessible, and make these sites productive towards the LWTB objectives. 
 
The proposed design of the multi-use path will, where practical, typically include 10 feet wide permeable pavement with water storage and infiltration under the path. As a linear element and where space permits, the paths will serve as interceptors of surface stormwater runoff through parallel bioswales. 
 
Figure 19: Greenway Network Concept