May 4: Walk or Run to Protect the Palisades

Sign up for our May 4 Trail Event to  Protect the Palisades!

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is raising public awareness on a development threat to the Palisades National Natural Landmark with a 6K (3.7 mile) trail run and walk Saturday, May 4, in partnership with the Palisades Parks Conservancy and Escape to the Palisades.  All net proceeds from the trail run / hike will be donated to the Protect the Palisades coalition that is fighting the height of the proposed LG corporate headquarters slated to be built atop the Palisades.

You can help us protect the Palisades and make your voice heard by signing up now for the Escape to the Palisades Trail Run/Walk.  If built, the planned143-foot tall LG Electronics headquarters structure would drastically diminish the scenic beauty of this National Natural and Historic Landmark and open the floodgates to more high rise towers along the Palisades.

Background

For more than a century,  a bi-state pact, ratified by the U.S. Congress, prevented quarry companies from destroying the scenic Palisades cliffs. The Palisades soon became the Palisades Interstate Park and a National Historic and Natural Landmark.  The Trail Conference got involved creating trails at the top and bottom of the cliffs, which we still maintain today.

Since that time, a tradition of not building above the tree line along the Palisades has been respected, until now.  A century of good stewardship ended when LG Electronics was given the green light to build a 143-foot tall tower, more than quadrupling the 35-foot zoning limitation.

The Trail Conference, together with fellow members of the Protect the Palisades Coalition, is fighting to raise public awareness and encourage LG to amend its site plan and use their 27-acre campus to build their office space in a way that does not rise above the tree line.  So far, LG has ignored our appeals and the matter will eventually be settled in court.

So on Saturday, May 4, join us on trails in Palisades Interstate Park for a day of fun and support for the Palisades you love.

About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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