1Description

Greenway plans describe strategies for linking open spaces of different kinds.  Greenways are often created along linear features such as river corridors or abandoned rail lines.  Greenway plans may pertain to places that are urban as well as rural.

2Purpose

Create continuous corridors for mobility and recreation as well as for habitat.

3Issues

Linking open spaces may involve negotiating with private land owners for access.

4Advantages

Greenway plans can leverage community interest in recreational open space into a more comprehensive smart development initiative to discourage fragmented development patterns. Properly structured, greenway plans have significant collateral benefits for economic development, environmental protection and community health.