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Empire State Trail

New York State

Starr Whitehouse teamed with C+G Partners to create design guidelines for NYS Parks’ ambitious Empire State Trail system, a continuous 750-mile route spanning from the urban core of New York City north to Canada and west to Buffalo. To unify the corridor and give it a unique identity, Starr Whitehouse developed prototypical designs for... Continue Reading

Starr Whitehouse teamed with C+G Partners to create design guidelines for NYS Parks’ ambitious Empire State Trail system, a continuous 750-mile route spanning from the urban core of New York City north to Canada and west to Buffalo. To unify the corridor and give it a unique identity, Starr Whitehouse developed prototypical designs for the trail’s access points, trailheads, and gateways, creating a signature “kit of parts” flexible enough to be adapted to the diverse regions and municipalities along the trail.

Implementing these guidelines, Starr Whitehouse is currently designing trail gateways for Manhattan, Syracuse, Rochester, Lockport, Tonawanda, and Buffalo. Each Gateway reflects the local character of its host community and provides New Yorkers with the opportunity to explore the state’s iconic landscapes and diverse history. The Gateways also enhance access points to the trail, transforming them into vibrant social spaces with small gathering areas and amenities such as benches, restrooms, potable water, information kiosks, bike repair, and charging
stations. Native plant palettes provide visual interest as well as habitat for local and migratory animal and insect life. Lauded by Gov. Cuomo, the Trail will protect native ecosystems and drive economic activity. Upon its completion in 2020, the corridor will be the longest multi-use state trail in the nation.

Photographs courtesy Empire State Development.