19th Ward Community Association

About the Empire State Trail

In January 2017, Governor Cuomo announced the Empire State Trail, a new initiative placing New York State at the forefront of national efforts to enhance outdoor recreation, community vitality, and tourism development.

Approximately 400 miles of the Trail already exists in our region as part of the Erie Canal.

When completed by the end of 2020, the Empire State Trail will be a continuous 750-mile route spanning the state from New York City to Canada and Buffalo to Albany, creating the longest multi-use state trail in the nation.

Your answer to the below questions will help us better understand how you and your neighborhood interact with the trail and what challenges and opportunities may exist. 

Thank you for your time and consideration!  

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* 1. In what ways does your community engage with the Empire State Trail located on the Erie Canal?

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* 2. Do you use the trail? If so, what draws you to it? If not, what has prevented you from using it?

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* 3. What, if anything, deters your community from engaging with the Empire State Trail?  Do you feel there are barriers to accessing the trail - if so what barriers exist?

 

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* 4. What groups, if any, from your perspective are not using the trail? (ex: minorities, aging populations, females, families etc.) What might be the reasons they aren't using it? 

 

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* 5. Do you have safety concerns about using the trail? If so what are they?

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* 6. Would you like to see your community take more ownership or engagement of the Empire State Trail? 

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* 7. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about the Empire State Trail in relation to your community? (challenges, opportunities, experiences, etc.)

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* 8. Do you utilize the Empire State Trail to benefit your physical or mental health?

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