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The East Harlem Community Walking Trail is a collaborative project created by the Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center and its neighborhood partners. The Community Walking Trail is a 3.5 mile pathway along East Harlem sidewalks that runs east and west along 96th and 115th Streets, connecting residents to Central Park and Randall’s Island. The goal of the Community Walking Trail is to highlight East Harlem’s rich history and assets while improving physical activity and safety through coordinated group walks and community programming.
The Community Walking Trail developed over a year-long process whereby the Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center convened a steering committee of over a dozen community-based organizations. The steering committee worked to better understand the condition of the streetscape along the trail and how to measure the safety, maintenance, beauty and overall walkability in the neighborhood. The steering committee also served as a forum for community-based organizations to collaborate with each other, share information and set goals and priorities for the project. The result of this collaborative planning process among the Action Center and its neighborhood partners is a path that highlights East Harlem’s rich community history along a safer and more enjoyable walking space. Currently, neighborhood walking groups have the opportunity to curate walks on the trail. All walking group activities are open to the public.