The mission of the Greenways Plan is to develop a community-wide system of facilities that will provide opportunities for recreation and fitness activities; protect important natural habitats; promote conservation of open spaces, parks, forests and wetlands; connect neighborhoods, parks, schools and business areas with facilities to provide a safe, enjoyable alternate form of transportation; educate the community about the opportunities for, and benefits of, walking, running and bicycling; and encourage residents to participate in these activities.
In June 1993, the City Council
called for the development of a local greenway / trail system. The Greenways Plan
is intended to increase enjoyment, safety and access for both walkers and bicyclists, and especially children and senior citizens. Although the plan focuses on recreational walking and biking, it also encourages more residents to walk or bike to work, school and shopping. With increasing traffic congestion in the City, walking and bicycling may provide a practical alternative to driving cars both in and out of Highland Park. The plan
was updated in 2003. For more information, including a map of bicycle paths in Highland Park, utilize the Greenways Brochure
to learn about cycling in Highland Park.
The plan is based on a comprehensive assessment of the existing sidewalks, paths, trails, streets, open spaces and other facilities that make up Highland Park’s greenways. It includes a map and list showing proposed improvements, and other recommendations. As an amendment to the 1976 Comprehensive Master Plan, this plan helps to identify when and where new trails, paths or sidewalks should be built. With the adoption of the plan, the City recognizes that walking and bicycling are the best ways to enjoy Highland Park’s natural and man-made beauty.