Dec 25 2019

Kleiner’s Kolumn: Update on the Nassau County Motor Parkway Trail at Eisenhower Park


UPDATE:

Work has recently started on the next phase of The Motor Parkway Trail along Old Country Road and Salisbury Park Drive in Westbury.  Since its start in 2014, the pilot trail along Salisbury Park Drive and Eisenhower Park has been built between Stewart Avenue and Carmen Avenue and is used by joggers, walkers and bikers.  Previous posts have featured the trail along with the placement of three historical markers noting the Long Island Motor Parkway.

See current pictures that follow the original post. 

Art Kleiner


Original Post from 2014

Last Monday, New York State and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $70 million in funding for 69 bicycle and pedestrian projects including $1.82 million for the Motor Parkway Trail.

"These projects will help communities become more walkable and bicycle friendly, as well as show off the natural beauty that exists in every corner of this state,” Governor Cuomo said. “I thank the Federal Highway Administration and our representatives for helping the state secure this funding so that residents and visitors alike can enjoy New York like never before."

The funding for the Motor Parkway Trail will enable the addition of a 1.4 mile multi-use trail segment in the heart of Nassau County.The trail segment would link existing and well utilized multi-use trails around the Nassau Hub with trails and bike lanes further east along Salisbury Park Drive. This “missing link,” once completed, would then create a continuous trail system stretching more than 10 miles.

On June 3, 2014, on behalf of the Long Island Motor Parkway Presevation Society, I provided the below letter in support of this funding.

Enjoy,

Howard Kroplick

__________________________________________________________________________________________

June 3, 20014

Joan McDonald, Commissioner

New York State Department of Transportation

50 Wolf Road

Albany, NY12232

LI Motor Parkway Multi-Use Trail:  Old Country Road – Salisbury Park Drive Segment

Dear Commissioner McDonald:

I am writing you to express the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society’s strong support of Nassau County’s efforts, specifically the Department of Public Works, to secure funding from the 2014 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) solicitation offered through the New York State Department of Transportation.As president of this 225-member organization, we strongly support this plan to honor the first road built exclusively for automobiles and to offer practical and fun transportation options on this historic route.

I understand that this funding will be used to greatly assist in implementing the Long Island Motor Parkway Trail vision with the addition of a 1.4 mile multi-use trail segment in the heart of Nassau County.The trail segment would link existing and well utilized multi-use trails around the Nassau Hub with trails and bike lanes further east along Salisbury Park Drive.This “missing link,” once completed, would then create a continuous trail system stretching more than 10 miles.

Moreover, our understanding is that the proposed 1.4 mile “missing link” of the LI Motor Parkway Multi-Use Trail would include an Old Country Road to Salisbury Park Drive segment, thereby creating a contiguous pedestrian and bicycle trailway from the Nassau Hub to the historic Hamlet of Levittown.The contiguous trailway will then be able to link a concentrated mix of educational, cultural, professional office retail and entertainment land uses with single-family residential neighborhoods.Ultimately, linking residential neighborhoods to employment and commercial centers by way of non-motorized transportation infrastructure will reduce greenhouse gas emission, reduce transportation costs and promote a healthy lifestyle; goals our organization fully support.

Nassau County has adopted the Motor Parkway Trail Vision Plan to restore and enhance important transportation connections through Nassau County, but this time for pedestrians and bicyclists. The restored Long Island Motor Parkway Trail and the construction of this “missing link” will provide important alternative transportation infrastructure that will enhance the quality of life for the residents of Nassau County and support local and regional economic development goals.  On behalf of the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society and as Town Historian of the Town of North Hempstead, I hope that you will give this application your full consideration. 

Enjoy,

Howard Kroplick

President, Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society

Town Historian, Town of North Hempstead


1944 Park Layout

Overall layout in 1944 of then Salisbury Park, now Eisenhower Park.  Note the Motor Parkway going straight through the park and continuing close to where today's Salisbury Park Drive is (but closed to auto traffic).  Also the LIRR Central Branch (no passengers) and 4 golf courses (today there are 3). (Map courtesy of the Nassau County Dept. of Public Works)


Current Work on the Motor Parkway Trail

Looking west along Old Country Road.

Intersection of Old Country Road and Salisbury Park Drive, looking south.
 

View looking south along Salisbury Park Drive, the park is on the right.

Again looking south along Salisbury Park Drive, approaching the area where the Motor Parkway ROW would have exited the park.

View looking south, just before Salisbury Park Drive bends east and where the current Motor Parkway Trail is. 
 

Looking west near the entry point of the Motor Parkway ROW.  Interesting sunset!
 

View looking north along Salisbury Park Drive.  The hill is approximately where the Motor Parkway ROW would have been.  Searching along the excavated path no sure signs of the Parkway were found, albeit much asphalt. 



Comments

Nov 02 2014 S. Berliner, III 12:15 AM

Yee-hah!  We’ve come a long way, baby!  Thanks, Howard.  Sam, III

Nov 02 2014 BRUCE ADAMS 12:44 AM

Great Going, Howard !
Another advancement for The Motor Parkway’s Preservation and use.

Nov 02 2014 Jennifer Sappell 8:20 AM

Congratulations, Howard and congratulations Nassau County! Awesome.

Nov 02 2014 Frank Krawiecki 9:28 AM

Job well done, Howard! Thanks for being the soul and inspiration behind this important project.

Nov 02 2014 ROGER YACKEL 12:30 PM

NICE WORK HOWARD

Nov 02 2014 Joby 4:02 PM

Congratulations Howard, you guys have done such an amazing job.

Nov 02 2014 Ted 9:22 PM

Need not say more, but keep up the good work

Nov 02 2014 Howard Kroplick 10:05 PM

From Frank Femenias

Howard,
Nice job on the bike paths in Nassau County. Because of the strong effort, congratulations to one and all!
Frank

Nov 04 2014 Ernie Finamore 9:58 AM

Great news, Howard. Another good place to ride our pedal powered vehicles, too!
Thanks for all your efforts. See you soon, maybe this Saturday at the
Freeport Recreation Center for the Long Island Auto Replica Society’s (LIARS)
annual MODEL CAR CHALLENGE judged model car show and swap meet.
We are once again expecting about 300 beautifully built model cars, trucks,
and motorcycles from all over the Northeastern United States.
Spectators are welcome - adults only $5.00, under 11 free w/ adult admission.
Thanks again for the great news!—Ernie

Dec 01 2014 Tom Montalbano 5:31 PM

As an avid bicyclist and local history buff, I am so excited to see the Motor Parkway Trail taking shape, and I am grateful to Howard and the Preservation Society for all you have done.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Tom Montalbano
Syosset, NY

Dec 26 2019 frank femenias 5:37 PM

Thanks Art, a wonderful Christmas gift! In addition, NYS is simultaneously working on the Ocean Pkwy bike/ped path, completing that 17mi dream as well. Thanks to all involved for making these long-awaited and much-needed improvements come true.

Dec 27 2019 Brian D McCarthy 6:04 PM

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas!

Thanks for the images, Art. I’d say the uprise/hill on the last 2 images reveal the west slope of the former ‘Meadowbrook’ Pkwy Bridge.

Jan 09 2020 Tom 9:57 PM

Nice to see and hear Howard,,,

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