Detail from “Greening North Florida,” art by Sarah Crooks commissioned by the East Coast Greenway Alliance

Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit

After careful evaluation of the evolving circumstances surrounding coronavirus COVID-19 and consultation with key event partners, the East Coast Greenway Alliance shifted the 2020 Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit from a four-day event in Jacksonville, Florida, April 1-4, to a virtual #GreenwaySummit on Friday. April 3. 

We kicked the day off with a live welcome session featuring East Coast Greenway Alliance Executive Director Dennis Markatos-Soriano and 8 80 Cities founder Gil Penalosa (more on him below) and followed throughout the day with a number of impactful sessions. Click the links above to relive any of the presentations

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Gil Penalosa

We're pleased to have Gil Penalosa as part of the 2020 Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit. He is passionate about creating cities for all people. Penalosa has inspired and advised decision makers in more than 350 cities around the world on how to create vibrant cities with healthy communities where all people can live happier, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, ability, or socio-economic status. His focus is on the design and use of parks, streets, and sidewalks as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, taking public transit, and new uses of cars. Penalosa is founder and chair of 8 80 Cities, a Canadian-based international nonprofit grounded on a simple but powerful concept which still guides much of his work: What if everything we did in our cities had to be great for an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old?

More on Gil Penalosa

Eco-artist nurtures wonder, honors nature

It’s no surprise that much of Sarah Crooks’ art reflects the natural environment around her Jacksonville, Florida, home — the St. Johns River, bears and butterflies, grasses and trees. Art, she says, is both a means of communicating our inner expression and a way to pay homage to something you love. And Crooks loves the natural world, where she has found beauty and wonder since she was young. The East Coast Greenway Alliance, in partnership with the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, has named Crooks an artist-in-residence for our April 2020 Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit. We’ll feature her art on summit materials, and Crooks will take part in our virtual Summit on Friday, April 3.

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Artist Sarah Crooks


Together, let's grow the Greenway

Recent record-setting funding for design and construction goes directly to building the East Coast Greenway - as it should. The East Coast Greenway Alliance needs your support to continue our advocacy work that is fueling completion of the Greenway. The Alliance has a sustained track record of turning every dollar donated to our nonprofit into $100 in public infrastructure investment. Invest today and support the growth of the East Coast Greenway from Maine to Florida.