Empire State Greenway

New York State

Starr Whitehouse teamed with C+G Partners to create design guidelines for NYS Parks and Alta Planning+Design’s ambitious Empire State Trail system, a continuous 750-mile route spanning from the urban core of New York City north to Canada and west to Buffalo. The corridor, upon its completion in 2020, will be the longest multi-use state... Continue Reading

Starr Whitehouse teamed with C+G Partners to create design guidelines for NYS Parks and Alta Planning+Design’s ambitious Empire State Trail system, a continuous 750-mile route spanning from the urban core of New York City north to Canada and west to Buffalo. The corridor, upon its completion in 2020, will be the longest multi-use state trail in the nation. Starr Whitehouse developed prototypical designs for the trail’s access points, trailheads, and gateways, creating a signature “kit of parts” to help tie the far-reaching sections of the trail together and give the corridor a unique identity. The team’s design guidelines focus on enhancing access points to the trail, transforming them into vibrant community spaces with small gathering areas and amenities like informational signage, benches, restrooms, bike repair and power stations. Native plant palettes will provide visual interest as well as habitats for local and migratory animal and insect life. Lauded by Gov. Cuomo, the corridor will protect native ecosystems and drive economic activity. The design guidelines developed by Starr Whitehouse and C+G will ensure that, in so doing, it will also reflect the local color and context of communities across the state while providing New Yorkers with the opportunity to explore the state’s iconic landscapes and diverse history.