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We Did It!

We Did It! Thank you to all of our supporters for your generosity! We met the Reeves Foundation Challenge and raised $225,000 by the May 31 deadline. The funds will go towards rehabilitating the decks of the existing bridges over Ashwood Ave and Russel Place. The Park Line is really making progress this year, we look forward to the Morris Ave pedestrian brindle installation later this year. This continues to be an exciting endeavor and we are so grateful for the community support. The Park Line is being built for use by residents and town visitors and is now coming
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Help Us Complete The Challenge!

The Reeves Foundation has issued a new grant challenge to the Summit Park Line Foundation that needs to be completed by May 31, 2022. The  Summit Park Line ( a linear Park similar to NYC’s High Line) was successful in winning a challenge grant from the Reeves Foundation four years ago for 100k. Based on the success and the Summit Park Lines’s progress, the new challenge grant is for The Park Line Foundation to raise $225,000 by May 31, 2022. Robert Rubino, founder and President of The Summit Park Line remarked “The Reeves Foundation was impressed by our achievement in
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Summit Park Line Receives $30,000 Rail Trail Conservancy Grant

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Park Line Foundation has received an unsolicited, $30,000 grant from the national Rail Trail Conservancy (RTC) organization. The funds are intended to support the construction of the linear park and placement of a pedestrian bridge linking two sections of the Park Line over Morris Avenue. The grant comes through RTC’s ‘Trail Grants Program’, which aims to help complete and connect trails, improve the trail user experience and support local organizations dedicated to new and existing trails across the country. Tom Sexton, the Northeast Region Director of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy said, “Through this grant, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy applauds and supports the visionary work of the Summit
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The Park Line Receives Approval for Completion

In December, the Summit Common Council approved an amended Memorandum of Understanding with the Summit Park Line Foundation, paving the way for the Park Line to continue with engineering and to proceed to full completion.  The Foundation plans to work closely with the City of Summit on this community project, part of Summit’s master plan. The Park Line Foundation was founded to assist Summit in creating a pedestrian linear park, similar to the High Line in NYC, along the abandoned Rahway Valley Railroad. The 1.2 mile path runs from Overlook Medical Center into Briant Park. The City of Summit acquired
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Summit Park Line Foundation is Awarded Grant from Bristol Meyers Squibb

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
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The Park Line Further Beautified

Thanks to the indefatigable Jeff Hankinson, the north end of the Park Line has been further beautified and will be ready for a lawn next spring. Construction at both ends this year limited activity to the park, as that winds down, park access will become easy again. Access points are on the north side of Morris Ave by Lower Overlook road and the other entrance is next to the parking lot of 10 Upper Overlook road (across from Salerno Duane dealership). More to come…
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Opportunity to Sponsor A Bench on the Park Line

The Summit Park Line Foundation is offering a unique opportunity for sponsorship and naming rights of one of 4 benches on the completed phase I of The Summit Park Line trail. The benches are utilized often on the trail, allowing residents and Overlook Hospital workers the opportunity to rest or gather with family or co-workers. The four benches for sponsorship are available for a cost of $2,000 each, including recognition of the donor(s) with a beautiful engraved metal plate for perpetuity. The Summit Park Line Foundation’s mission is to assist the city of Summit in creating a pedestrian linear park
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Economic (and other) Benefits of Trails, Greenways and Open Space

Compiled by Rory Robinson, National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance – June,  2010 rory_robinson@nps.gov, 330-657-2951 Expenditures by Residents – Spending by local residents on greenway related activities supports recreation oriented businesses and employment as well as other businesses which are patronized by greenway and trail users. A 2004 Study of the 45- mile long Washington & Old Dominion Trail, a transportation and recreation corridor running from Arlington to Purcellville, VA, finds that an estimated 1.7 million adult users put about $7 million directly in the northern Virginia economy. The estimated 1.6 million local visits accounted for about
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