Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

East Coast Greenway Alliance

Connecting People to Place

aka ECGA

Durham, NC


The East Coast Greenway is a 3,000-mile inter-urban, multi-user transportation and recreation trail network connecting communities along the east coast of the United States from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida. The spine route consists of a series of locally owned and managed trails, linked to form a continuous network, identified by the public through signage, maps, and user guides. The East Coast Greenway is a developing off-road route serving cyclists, hikers, and other non-motorized users for transportation and recreation.

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Executive Director

Mr. Dennis Markatos-Soriano

Main Address

5826 Fayetteville Road Suite 210

Durham, NC 27713 USA


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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

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We aim to build a healthy, sustainable, and prosperous future for the 450 communities we connect throughout the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Florida.

By eradicating the biggest barrier (unsafe infrastructure), we are moving commutes, errands, and recreation from automobile trips to biking and walking. This effort increases the quality of life throughout our corridor.

The East Coast Greenway hosts over 10 million visits per year, and our goal is to develop hundreds more miles of Greenway throughout many of the nation's most populous areas to then host 100 million runs, walks, and bike rides per year by the end of next decade.

Our Strategic Plan to 2020, which went live in 2016, lays out a strategy of collaborative engagement with partners on the local, state, and regional level that mobilizes more resources than ever before. In our first year, we already accomplished our goal of having the appropriate regional coordinator staffing level to cover all 15 states and DC (6 full-time staff, up from 3 in early 2016). We now have the people in place who can build relationships with key stakeholders, including our volunteer State Committees and others though our regional summits, to institutionalize the Greenway into the fabric of park and transportation systems from the municipal to the federal level.

Key strategies to raise the profile of the Greenway include effective events like the 3,000-mile East Coast River Relay in the fall of 2017 and investment in further Communications capacity to inspire increased Greenway use, growing support, and a sustainable organization for the decade of critical Greenway development ahead.

Finally, we aim for our organization to trail-blaze innovative strategies that foster a thriving Greenway and a strong nonprofit organization focused on its completion. We plan to integrate best practices from throughout the sector while retaining unique elements that fit our team, geography, and mega-project scale.

We have a team of ambitious, smart, and positive staff and volunteers who are energized by the project and every small success toward our grand vision.

We have a track record of strong achievement and organizational resilience and growth. Our efforts have spurred the development of almost 1,000 miles of Greenway through local to federal investments of more than $1 billion.

We have an Executive Director, Dennis Markatos-Soriano, with decades of experience leading effective nonprofit organizations. A Public Service Award recipient at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Prize winner at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School Master program, the organization has grown from 4 staff early in his tenure to 11 staff and a healthy financial position of 6+ months of liquidity. During this time, the organization's network of supporters and followers has grown 10X to over 60,000 people. The staff and volunteer team is full of effective individuals who complement each other well to achieve an astounding impact for the 60 million people who live in our corridor.

As a tangible project, our key indicators of progress are clear. For instance, we closely measure each new tenth of a mile of Greenway built toward our 3,000-mile goal and make annual reporting public. We also track use of the Greenway to the best of our ability through compiling local and state surveys of our segments, though these counts are less frequent and use more extrapolation to arrive at a final number (currently over 10 million per year with sights on 25 million per year by the early 2020s). Usage growth will help us determine the environmental, health, and economic impact that our project is having throughout the Eastern Seaboard.

Through effective collaboration, we have woven together one of the most popular parks in America -- with 900 miles of off-road greenway completed as part of our 3,000-mile spine that serves over 10 million visits per year from Maine to Florida. We serve people in some of our nation's biggest cities (New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, and Washington, DC) and many small towns and rural areas in-between them.

As a free public park, our corridor is lowering the costs of transport for hundreds of thousands of people and providing a space that builds community in a country suffering from hyper-partisanship and division. The Greenway is connecting millions of people to the nature around them, building the environmental stewards of tomorrow that our world needs to tackle climate change and other challenges ahead. The Greenway is also empowering people to live healthier, whether as the gateway to an active lifestyle for a toddler learning to bike or as a safe space for senior citizens to exercise away from automobiles.

While this progress is remarkable, too many people suffer from the health effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Too many people continue to struggle to pay their car and fuel payments every month when they could trade that experience for a bike or a pair of shoes if they have the safe infrastructure and empowering programming. And our nation's greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants from transportation remain stubbornly high despite some significant progress in the electric power sector. We aim to be a major part of the solution to these problems by completing the East Coast Greenway -- a linear park for all to build community and enjoy everything from the moose to the manatee, the best blueberry pie to the best key lime pie, and all that the East Coast has to offer.

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