Grassroots Advocacy

Coalition building and education

Educating the public on the benefits of greenway infrastructure and building a coalition network of stakeholders ensures that SQGW is fully endorsed by the community and comprehensively addresses the demands of the public. Here are some potential organizations that align with the SQGW mission:

  • Public Health
  • Education
  • Youth and Senior Engagement
  • Community Civic groups
  • Park and Trail Stewardship
  • NYC Heritage preservation
  • Business Development
  • Property Owners & Local Businesses

If you are a business or organization that is not represented in the list above but would still like to be a part of this coalition, please reach out to us.

Endorsement of community boards

There are five community board (CB) districts for which the greenway area falls into:

  1. Brooklyn CB 5
  2. Queens CB 10
  3. Queens CB 11
  4. Queens CB 12
  5. Queens CB 13

In the beginning, SQGW will present the project to educate community leaders. As the project matures, the community boards will send out letters of support to their respective elected officials and city agencies to signify their support for the Greenway, thereby increasing the likelihood of receiving capital funding.

Approaching elected officials for capital funding

Councilmembers, Borough Presidents of Brooklyn and Queens, and NYS

Funding and coordination is crucial in realizing SQGW‘s vision of a trail in Southern Queens. The route of the 2000 proposal runs through eight City Council districts, twelve New York State assembly districts, and six New York State senate districts. The route also runs through the two most populated boroughs in New York City. For successful implementation, all elected officials must be involved. There may even be a potential to receive federal funding for areas with a higher need for open space.

Once all of the above are in place, a timeline will be established for outreach, public forums, funding cycles, and construction.