Who Are We?
The Greenways Alliance of Rhode Island (GARI) was founded in 1992 as the Rhode Island state committee of the East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA). The mission of the ECGA is to identify and support the completion of an off-road route for multi-purpose recreational use linking cities on the East Coast from Maine to Florida. Read our vision of what this would be like in Rhode Island.
When complete, the East Coast Greenway (ECG) will be a 2,600-mile corridor along existing and planned trails in a continuous city to city greenway on the East Coast. Realization of this vision is made possible through coordinated efforts of public agencies at the federal, state and local level, and through support from private organizations, businesses and neighboring communities.
In Rhode Island, the ECG spine corridor and alternative routes will connect municipalities along the Blackstone River Valley, Washington Secondary, South County and Woonasquatucket greenways, as well as the East Bay Bike Path.
On the threshold of completing the Rhode Island link in the ECG chain of trails, we have expanded our mission to include advocacy for all recreational greenways in Rhode Island.
What is Our Mission?
The GARI has a diversified, yet defined set of goals and principles. These include:
Encourage communities to build greenways and other safe resources for non-motorized transportation.
Provide support to communities and help maintain their trails.
Develop educational materials to encourage safe greenway use.
Promote respect for Rhode Island history and natural resources.
Promote events, exhibits and presentations on behalf of all Rhode Island trails and greenways.
Encourage activities along our greenways to highlight the rich heritage and natural beauty of Rhode Island.
Serve as the Rhode Island Committee of the ECGA
What's ahead for GARI?
Our vision is to connect every Rhode Island city and town by greenways and safe, well-marked on-road bike routes. We hope to enable Rhode Islanders to travel safely on foot, bicycles, skates, wheelchairs, strollers or horseback throughout the state.