SUMMIT, N.J., October 30, 2020 – The Summit Park Line Foundation recently received a large grant from Bristol Myers Squibb to support its Park Line project, a 1.2 mile linear pedestrian park being created on the abandoned Rahway Valley Railroad line. The donation from Bristol Myers Squibb is the Summit Park Line Foundation’s largest gift to date, and will enable Phase II of the project to begin.
“Bristol Myers Squibb is proud to support the Summit Park Line project,” said Chris Baggett, Director of Community Affairs at Bristol Myers Squibb. “Trails like the Park Line provide community residents a nice space to get outdoors for a walk, run, or bike. These projects are also a great way to repurpose a former rail line.”
The foundation and concept was created by Dr. Robert Rubino, former Summit councilman who realized the potential for a park similar to the Highline Park in Manhattan that could be initiated in Summit, NJ along the now defunct rail line.
“The Summit Park Line Foundation is extremely thankful for this outstanding expression of support for the Park Line concept from Summit’s largest corporate citizen,” explains Dr. Rubino. “With this generous and significant donation, Bristol Myers Squibb is making a positive impact on the quality of life in Summit for the benefit of the entire community.”
In early 2016, the City of Summit acquired the rights from the State of New Jersey to build the park accessible for pedestrian and bicyclists. Once completed, the Park Line will extend from the edge of the downtown Summit
at Overlook Medical Center, along a 1.2 mile path through eastern Summit, and ending at Briant Park on the Springfield, New Jersey border.
Through world-class design, excellence in operations, and responsible stewardship, the mission of the Park Line Foundation is to engage with the community, raise essential funds to help complete its construction, and create an endowment for future operations.
For more information on the Park Line Foundation and the Summit Park Line project or to make a tax-deductible contribution, go to: www.summitparkline.org