The Tenafly Rotary Club is proud to be the founder of the Northern Valley Greenway Project, a plan to convert the unused CSX railroad line from Tenafly north to Northvale by rail banking the track and building over 7 miles of park providing pedestrian, bike and possibly jogging paths.
Quickly joined by the Rotary Clubs of Northern Valley and Cresskill/Demarest, the clubs worked for 2 years to determine the line couldn’t be used for light rail for at least 20 years (environmental impact requirements) and that CSX was willing to railbank (sell with restrictions) the portion that would not be used by the planned light rail to Englewood.
The Rotary Clubs formed a citizen’s group and rallied the towns along the line – Cresskill, Closter, Demarest, Northvale, Norwood, and Tenafly to appoint members to a committee to investigate the feasibility of the Greenway.
As part of the service project, the Rotary Club of Tenafly implemented a long-planned formation of a 501 c(3) – the Tenafly Rotary Club Charitable Organization (unofficially TRCCO) to assist with raising funds to implement the dream of the Greenway.
We are currently working on raising $50,000 to:
- hire a consultant to advise us on hearing CSX’s initial request for the terms of rail banking,
- write grant proposals for environmental studies, site survey, land purchase and park construction
- outreach activities to solicit support and design input.
- miscellaneous preliminary analyses to determine the scope of required work.
Please consider donating to get this project moving faster. We greatly appreciate it. Your donation will be anonymous unless you chose to fill out the second screen.