I’m sure you join us in feeling overjoyed by last year’s collective wins. We’re most proud that together we advanced Phase I of the Greenway towards implementation with $1.2 million leveraged from public funds. When the money is hopefully approved this July by VDOT, it will go towards completing the engineering and construction.
But, like so many of you have come to realize, the Northend Greenway does more than just build bike paths.
As a community-driven initiative, we continue to be at the forefront of outreach, education, and advocacy efforts for healthy transportation, green space, and safe infrastructure in the Harrisonburg area. From Pack the Chamber to the Parklet Project (press), from the City Council Candidate Forums (here and here and here) to Spring Cutback Day (press), we’ve expanded our efforts to engage with elected officials, neighborhoods, schools, and local businesses to further the vision of the greenway, the vision you share.
And that’s only the beginning.
One way we’re expanding our efforts is by teaming up with the City of Harrisonburg and JMU to make sure not only our neighbors to the north have a greenway. This year we’ll work to connect the Northend Greenway and the Bluestone Trail by working towards securing funding for and implementation of Phase II, what will be the greenway’s downtown section. With JMU on board, this will create an entire north-to-south corridor, a greenway backbone through Harrisonburg running along or near Blacks Run.
As this year’s lead coordinator for Bike Month Harrisonburg – in collaboration with Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition, RMH Community Health and Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation – we’re excited to welcome 15 bike events this May, up from 5 events last year. We’re especially thrilled that many of these new events are geared towards getting more women, kids, and beginners on bikes, and build an active, fun culture of biking and walking even before the greenway gets on the ground.
And while we’ve accomplished much, there’s still work to be done to keep the Northend Greenway’s efforts moving forward. Now is the time to build on our unprecedented victories and ensure that we have the resources to move forward.
The operating budget that maintains our organization is $75,000 and 90% of this is funded by individual donations like yours. If you believe, like we do, that ongoing advocacy, outreach, and action are critical to build on our progress, then please consider giving today.
With your support this year, you can look forward to:
- Ensuring the Greenway’s Phase I (Little Grill to VMRC) remains a priority for the City and gets on the ground ASAP
- Collaboration with our local officials to leverage more funds and staff support to expand bicycling and walking infrastructure, with an eye towards the highly anticipated Phase II (downtown greenway)
- Advancing the design of the greenway’s pocket parks, art, and children’s programs
- Partnering with schools, businesses, and community organizations to promote healthy, safe and sustainable forms of transportation and recreation
We’re asking you, to consider donating $15, $25, $100, $250, $500, or the largest contribution you can make. Join the visionary list of greenway supporters and help us reach our goal to raise $35,000 by May 31st!
Click the donate button above to make a single or monthly contribution now easily online or send a check addressed to Northend Greenway, PO Box 1231, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.
Together we’ll continue to draw the blueprint for a future Harrisonburg – a 21st century community with crisscrossing pathways filled with casual walkers, commuting cyclists, gleeful children, and picnicking families. With your contribution, we’re confident that this vision can become reality. Let’s make our friendly city an even better place to call home.
Your Northend Greenway Steering Committee and Staff
P.S. Double your contribution in honor of doubling the miles of greenways by asking your workplace to match your gift. Hundreds of companies and organizations offer this perk to their employees, does yours?
Photo: Greenway kids with snacks and smiles during our Spring Cutback Day. Over 150 volunteers cleaned up a section of Blacks Run to make way for Brookside Park, a new pocket park along the greenway. Source: Tiffany Showalter, tiffanyshowalter.com