Greenway Planning Database
a web-based Geographic Information System

The Greenway Planning Database is an online resource for public officials, advocates and trail users.

This website contains lists of greenway trails, trail maps, communities they go through, and barriers they cross.
Idealic greenway trail
To develop a system all land- and water based resources must be assumed to have trail potential.
National Trails Agenda Project - 1990
Chicago Area Trails:

This website provides resources to public officials, planners, and trail-users to assist their efforts in implementing a network of greenways and trails in the Chicagoland area.  Our roadways are a major deterrent for people to venture out any great distance from their homes without driving.  Greenways allow people to travel across the region unimpeded by the dangers and delay of automobile traffic.  Communities that plan and build greenways that connect with surrounding areas end up greatly improving the quality of life for their residents.



A Vision for the Future

NorthwestSuburbs.us hopes to get our many communities to work together to create and connect open spaces throughout the Chicago suburbs in order to enhance the appearance and recreational opportunities in each community, and facilitate access to the county forest preserves.  

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  • Brandywine Conservancy, Community Trails Handbook, 1997

    It is at the local, community level where successful trail networks begin.

  • Steve Sherman, Bike Hiking, 1974

    A bike is an ideal compromise between walking and a car. A bike triples the speed of walking yet doesn’t zoom over the landscape, so that what is passed isn’t passed unseen.

  • H.G. Wells, English novelist, 1866—1946

    Cycle trails will abound in Utopia.