SUMMIT, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Transportation, have passed a resolution authorizing 'rail trail use' of the Rahway Valley Railroad (RVRR), amending a previous agreement from June 2000. The resolution is another step in the development of the Summit Park Line, which uses the abandoned rail line to create a linear public park in the Hilltop City.
When it was operating, the the RVRR served Summit, Springfield, Union, Kenilworth, Roselle Park, and Maplewood.
The Summit Park Line plan was introduced by the Summit Park Line Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and approved by Summit Common Council. It was included in the city’s 2016 Master Plan ReVision by the Planning Board.
Phase one of the Park Line was completed in November 2017, and the long-term hope of the Summit Park Line Foundation is to connect downtown Summit to Briant Park and beyond to the East Coast Greenway, a rail trail that runs from Maine to Florida.
Union County Freeholder Angel Estrada said, “This is a great project for Summit and the county. I have been enthusiastic about it from the start.” Freeholder Alexander Mirabella added, “I am impressed with the progress that has been made since I visited the site two years ago. This is a great addition to Summit.”
The Summit Park Line Foundation recently received a $35,000 grant from the Summit Area Public Foundation (SAPF). The funds will be used towards the expansion of the Park Line in sections of the abandoned rail line throughout Summit.
Park Line Foundation President and Summit Common Council Member Dr. Robert Rubino, said, “We are looking forward to continuing progress on the Park Line, and we are eager to be able to share it with the Summit community. Once complete, it will be the first public park in Summit in over 80 years.”
For more information on the Summit Park Line, visit summitparkline.org.