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CITY OF WHITE PLAINS OPENS FINAL SEGMENT
OF GREENWAY WALKING TRAIL
City Realizes Long-Term Vision to Create an Easy to Access & Tranquil
Walking Path for Residents
The City of White Plains officially opened the final section of its Greenway walking trail today with a ribbon cutting at the Mamaroneck-Shapham Garage entrance. The Greenway provides
a rustic path for individuals to enjoy a walk in a protected natural setting.
White Plains Mayor Tom Roach said, “The completion of the Greenway walking trail has been a long-term goal for the City. We are excited to add this final section of the trail to our city
parks and open space inventory and to provide our residents with this new amenity. As with so many of our initiatives, this beautiful Greenway is the result of the “can-do” approach and hard
work of our city staff, especially the Department of Public Works and the Recreation and Parks Department.”
DPW designed the trail and planted the native trees and wildflowers along it. DPW is also responsible for maintaining the Greenway, as they do all city parks. The expansion of the Greenway from Gedney Way to the Mamaroneck-Shapham Garage has also been a priority for the Recreation Department. Over the past few years, the popularity of the Greenway has soared and we are seeing more users enjoying this asset, which is one of the largest wooded open space areas in the City.
The visitor experience to the Greenway will now be further enhanced as a result of an Eagle Scout project, led by Patrick Stanton, a junior at White Plains High School and member of Boy Scout Troop 73, which is chartered by White Plains American Legion Post 135. For his Eagle
Scout Project, Patrick is working with art students at the High School to develop a new map of the Greenway, which will be installed in the new kiosks he and the Troop 73 scouts built at the Mamaroneck-Shapham Garage and Gedney Way entrances. Patrick will also be installing two historical markers along the trail that will allow users to learn about how the railway was used.
About the Greenway
In 1906, a committee headed by J.P. Morgan and William Rockefeller (brother of John D, Rockefeller, Sr.) bought the controlling interest in the New York, Westchester & Boston Railway Co. and commenced the design of a modern, electrified commuter railroad from the White Plains terminal (now the Westchester Mall site) to Morrisania in the Bronx. Construction commenced in 1909 and service began in 1912. The portion of the rail system within White Plains included four passenger stations and supporting infrastructure. The railroad ceased operations in 1937 after a fraught financial history. The City of White Plains acquired the Greenway property in 1939. In 1996, the City dedicated the former right-of-way and adjacent lands as the White Plains Greenway. The site was subsequently improved with a walking trail from Gedney Way to the Scarsdale border. Traces of the railroad remain, including the buttresses and foundation of the Ridgeway bridge and station platform. In 2012, the original portion of the Greenway was renamed in honor of longtime White Plains preservation advocate Jack Harrington.
The original portion of the Greenway runs from Gedney Way to the Scarsdale border in two segments – Gedney Way to Ridgeway and Ridgeway to the Scarsdale border (1.14 miles).
The newer portion of the Greenway runs from the Gedney Way to the lower level of the Mamaroneck-Shapham Garage, also in two portions: Gedney Way to Bolton Avenue and Bolton Avenue to the lower level of the Mamaroneck-Shapham Garage (.37 miles). With the completion of the final section, residents now have just over a 3 mile round trip walking trail in 4 segments. The Greenway may be accessed at several locations and residents can choose to walk its entire length or shorter portions.