In mid-2020, OSI reached a preliminary agreement with Norfolk Southern for the purchase of nearly nine miles of property that runs through eight communities in Essex and Hudson Counties. The preliminary agreement sets the stage for the creation of a linear park that will provide new recreation opportunities for nature lovers, including walkers, bikers, and birders, while improving transportation options for local residents.
The New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition and the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance are key partners and among a growing coalition of supporters for the project.
The creation of the Essex-Hudson Greenway offers a range of other environmental, transportation and health benefits – especially as the public turns to local access to green space.
The Essex-Hudson Greenway also has the potential to offer many construction, planning, and other jobs, as well as support for new and existing businesses throughout the length of the linear park.