History does have a way of repeating itself.
The Long Island Motor Parkway was originally built to provide a form of recreation for William K. Vanderbilt Jr., who wanted a landscaped parkway to drive and race his vehicles. It also provided an important vehicular connection from Queens through Nassau County to Suffolk County. Similar issues are driving the current initiative to create the Motor Parkway Trail, but on a different scale.
Proposed Motor Parkway Trail (Click image to view high-resolution Adobe PDF file)
The Nassau County Department of Public works is heading this visioning process to provide the framework to redevelop portions of the Long Island Motor Parkway as the Motor Parkway Trail for new recreational uses. This process will result in a Vision Plan that, when implemented, the new Motor Parkway Trail will once again provide important recreational connection through Nassau County, but this time for hikers and bicyclists. Furthermore, the Trail will provide an important alternative transportation link between communities, open space resources and employment centers for those wishing to walk or bike through Nassau County to these destinations. Therefore, a resurrected Motor Parkway Trail can once again become an important recreational and transportation resource for the County