What is the NYC Strategic Trails Plan?

The Natural Areas Conservancy and NYC Parks are currently developing the NYC Strategic Trails Plan — an in-depth roadmap for the formalization and maintenance of a network of hiking trails in New York City’s parkland.

This plan aims to improve public access to the 10,000 acres of natural areas that exist throughout New York City. A citywide network of trails will offer recreational opportunities on underutilized parkland and will improve the condition of natural areas by encouraging positive use and reducing fragmentation.

The NYC Strategic Trails Plan will outline:

  • The need and opportunity to more fully develop New York City’s trails
  • The investment required to make this possible
  • Opportunities for private investment and expanded volunteer engagement
  • Additional opportunities for partnership and coordination