New York’s High Line Network adds 15 new members to revitalizing group

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High Line Park in New York City. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

The High Line Network announced on Monday that 15 new members are joining their group of nonprofit infrastructure reuse projects. 

Ranging from New York to California, to Mexico to Canada, the High Line Network has increased from 11 members in its inaugural year to 39 with these newest additions. Their goal is to transform underutilized and abandoned infrastructure into new urban landscapes that value public spaces.

The list of 15 is as follows, per the High Line Network’s official release:

Bergen Arches- Jersey City, NJ: The Erie Railroad’s mile-long, under-utilized railroad trench that will be converted to a shared-use nature path on the East Coast Greenway.

Brickline Greenway- St. Louis, MO: The MetroLink Light rail line will be transformed into 20 miles of accessible paths.

CicLAvia- Los Angeles, CA: Vibrant public spaces, active transportation, and good health through car-free streets. CicLAvia engages with people to transform their relationship with their communities and with each other.

Destination Crenshaw- Los Angeles, CA: A 1.3-mile long outdoor art and culture experience celebrating the 200+ years of Black activism in one of the largest Black communities west of the Mississippi River.

Grand River Corridor- Grand Rapids, MI: A waterway and the waterfront revitalization of Michigan’s longest river as it flows through the Grand Rapids community.

Great River Passage- St. Paul, MN: A 1.5-mile promenade connecting a series of cohesive public spaces, civic landmarks, and development sites along downtown Saint Paul’s river bluff.

Harbor District Riverwalk- Milwaukee, WI: A network of public riverwalks to open up the waterfront to public use and reconnect the surrounding neighborhoods to the waterways that flow through their communities.

Hemisfair- San Antonio, TX: A 40-acre urban parks district at the site of the 1968 World’s Fair leveraging an exemplary financial sustainability model to create one of the world’s great public places.

India Basin Park- San Francisco, CA: A former boat building and repair yard, now a postindustrial brownfield will be remediated to form 1.5 miles of accessible shoreline along the San Francisco Bay.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail- Indianapolis, IN: An 8-mile biking and walking trail connecting all six of Indy’s Cultural Districts, reusing streets, former vehicle travel lanes and parking lanes.

The Meadoway- Toronto, ON, Canada: A hydro corridor in Scarborough transformed into a vibrant 16-kilometer stretch of urban greenspace and meadowlands that will become one of Canada’s largest linear urban parks.

Memphis Riverfront- Memphis, TN: A riverfront reinvention with equity at its core, Memphis’ five miles of Mississippi riverfront is being transformed into a connected, catalytic and inclusive network of vibrant parks and trails accessible to all.

 La Mexicana Park- Mexico City, Mexico: A 28-hectare park built on a former sand quarry known for its technological innovation and sustainable design.

The Riverline- Buffalo, NY: The transformation of the former DL&W rail corridor along the Buffalo River into a vibrant and engaging nature trail.

Town Branch Park- Lexington, KY: The transformation of a parking lot into an unprecedented signature park in the heart of downtown Lexington.

“We’re proud and honored to welcome these innovative projects into the High Line Network, and look forward to the ways their insights will inform this community,” said Robert Hammond, Executive Director of the High Line. “The growing diversity of the Network is evidence of the complex and heightened need for public greenspaces and the wellbeing they provide.”

The projects will help revamp dilapidated urban areas that are not only in need of refreshing but provides greenspace to dense neighborhoods. 

It’s something that helps improve struggling areas, especially within Black and Brown communities, says HLN vice president, Asima Jansveld.

“I’m particularly thrilled that our new members bring exceptional experience on equity and equitable development,” she said. “They will contribute greatly at this critical time to our collective ability to address health, social, and other inequities in the Black and Brown communities many of us serve.”

The High Line is a nonprofit organization and a public park built on a historic, elevated rail line located on the West Side of Manhattan.