FAQs

What is a greenway?
Who uses the greenway?
How are greenways funded?
Does the plan call for the removal of any homes or the taking of any privately owned property?
How was the interactive Greenway Map created?
Who took those great photos on the homepage?


What is a greenway?
A greenway is a corridor of open space that can vary greatly in scale and purpose, from a narrow ribbon of green that runs through urban, suburban, and rural areas to a wide-open corridor that incorporates diverse natural, cultural, and scenic features. Greenways include both land- or water-based areas, running along streams corridors, shorelines or wetlands.
Some greenways follow old railways, canals, ridge tops, or other natural and man-made features, and they can incorporate both public and private property. Greenways often provide for recreational opportunities, while others are established almost exclusively for environmental protection and are designed to limit human passage. Greenways differ in their location and function, but overall, a greenway network will protect natural, cultural, and scenic resources, provide recreational benefits, enhance the natural beauty and the quality of life in neighborhoods and communities, and stimulate economic development opportunities.

 

Who uses the greenway?
Greenway trails can be paved or unpaved, and can be designed to accommodate a variety of trail users, including bicyclists, walkers, hikers, joggers, skaters, horseback riders, and those confined to wheelchairs.

 

How are greenways funded?
There are many different sources of funds for the acquisition, development and management of greenway facilities. To maximize the amount of financial support for any greenway project, local public sector funds should be combined with funds from state, federal and private sector sources. Many communities involved with greenway implementation are choosing to leverage
local money as a match for outside funding sources, in essence multiplying their resources.

The Transportation Efficiency Act of the 21st Century (TEA21), and its predecessor, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), is the single largest source of federal funding for greenway and other bicycle and pedestrian projects in the United States. It is administered through the United States Department of Transportation and provides up to 80% of the cost of developing and constructing facilities such as greenways, rail-trails, sidewalks and bike lanes.

 

Does the plan call for the removal of any homes or the taking of any privately owned property?
The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership facilitates the development of local projects and initiatives under the larger umbrella of the Susquehanna Greenway initiative.  By connecting people and communities to the resources of the Susquehanna River, the Partnership seeks to enhance the region's environment and create new opportunities for healthy living.  The Susquehanna Greenway can also benefit the local economy by attracting visitors and new investment to riverfront communities.

The establishment of the Susquehanna Greenway—an interconnected networkof trails and open space—involves the protection and use of resources in a manner that is consistent with local needs, policies, and development objectives.  The Susquehanna Greenway is necessarily linked to the River and contiguous lands—both public lands and private property.  Various approaches may be considered in the process of shaping local segments of the Greenway, including the use of easements for protecting scenery or providing public access to the river, and land acquisition.

 The continuity of the Greenway is not dependent on continuous land-based rights-of-way or land-based trails.  Other options, including the use of public roadways and even the River itself are viable options that may be considered.  Because the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership is not structured to engage in property transactions, it has no fiduciary involvement in property transactions between units of government or between units of government and private property owners.

 The Partnership espouses conservation, recreation, and access solutions that benefit private property owners as well as the public.  The Partnership works with local, regional, and statewide entities—both public and private—to educate citizens, governments, and organizations on the importance of public-private investment in greenway development and the broader value of greenways to public health and community vitality.

 

How was the interactive Greenway Map created?
IMRivers LogoThe interactive Greenway Map was developed with IMRivers

 

 

 

Map Icons Collection LogoThe icons used in the Greenway Map are from the Map Icons Collection

 

Who took those great photos on the homepage?
These photos are the work of amazing volunteers, thank you!

Water Trails: Photo by Cody Goddard
River Towns: Photo by Craig Douglas Gephart
Parks & Trails: Photo by Doug Brubaker
Stewardship: Photo by Matt Dallos