The economy was weak, the job market grim and the political outlook more than a little challenging, but the East Coast Greenway Alliance finished 2010 stronger than ever. We just got the organization’s December newsletter and the headline says it all: “A Record Breaking Year.”
The aim of the ECGA is to foster a “traffic-free multi-user trail linking cities and towns between Maine and Florida” and even the organization’s executive director, Dennis Markatos-Soriano, was surprised by last year’s progress toward that lofty goal.
“Although the economy remains a challenge for all of us, the growth of our greenway exceeded our expectations in 2010,” he writes in the December edition of the East Coast Greenway News. “More than 100 new miles were designated this year, translating into 20 percent growth!”
That progress is only possible with engaged members and volunteers, and 2010 was a banner year for ECGA in that regard, too. The first-ever New England Bike-Walk Summit drew 180 participants and the Cross Triangle Bike Ride drew more than 200 cyclists. “As a result, our membership and volunteer base has now surpassed 8,000 people,” Markatos-Soriano writes.
Hopefully that momentum will bring results in 2011, too. “The year 2010 is a tipping point for the East Coast Greenway, which is now over 25 percent off-road,” Markatos-Soriano writes. “As long as we continue to have your help, we can keep breaking records and a healthy, sustainable America is within our grasp.”