Petition

By signing the petition below your voice and opinion will be heard.

The NYC Parks Dept, elected officials, community planning boards and local community value your input.
You are making a difference in preserving the historic Putnam Trail for generations to come.

Signers of this petition include nature lovers, hikers, birders, senior citizens, conservation-minded people, runners, cyclists, and members of the Bronx and wider communities.

Many signers are from the Trail itself or park, and include locals or visitors from other boroughs or out-of-state. They agree the Trail should not be paved and it should be kept as natural as possible.

Please Note:
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We will only email you about updates related to the Save The Putnam Trail.

Please sign both first and last names.

And please share this petition with others that care, we CAN save the trail!
Thank you for your support!

 






 

Our Supporters

Signature # 2489

April 22, 2014
9:20pm
justin murray Queens, NY

Please don't pave the Putnam trail.

Signature # 2488

April 17, 2014
11:03pm
susan shaw Queens, NY

It's so important for people's mental & physical health to be able to get out of the urban environment and walk or bike in nature. this place is valuable beyond measure: free, close by & wild!

Signature # 2487

April 16, 2014
11:27pm
Nancy Minty Brooklyn, NY

I run on this trail all the time!

Signature # 2486

April 14, 2014
9:45am
Manny Ortiz Bronx, NY

LEAVE IT ALONE!

Why must people feel the need to ruin everything!

Signature # 2485

April 14, 2014
9:45am
Colleen Sussmann Bronx, NY

This is just total insanity!

LEAVE IT ALONE!!!

Signature # 2484

March 30, 2014
1:02pm
Mark Davis Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2483

March 28, 2014
9:35am
Jeremy flores Bronx, NY

Is not like we have so many trails in the Bronx.. why take something beautiful away..that nature has given us.  Please do not take the trail away by putting in pavement .

Signature # 2482

March 21, 2014
1:17pm
Virginia Scott Bronx, NY

The Putnam Trail is essential for me as a quiet trail for walking through the woods in all seasons. To have bikes whirling by on pavement destroys the peace and makes walking on the Trail dangerous.

Hundreds of NYC school children need the opportunity to walk through this woodland path: to see the trees, grasses, birds--in open nature. Paving the Trail will destroy that opportunity.

The Putnam Trail in its natural state is peaceful, calming, lovely. To destroy that peace by turning the Trail into a paved bicycle path will affect the lives of many thousands of Bronx men, women and children---as well as people from the rest of NYC. And the plants, woodland animals and birds for which it is a natural habitat.

Save the Putnam Trail!

Signature # 2481

March 17, 2014
8:26am
Elizabeth Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please preserve the beauty of nature for all our children.

Signature # 2480

March 13, 2014
8:43pm
Lee Bronx, NY

Leave nature alone, enough has been destroyed.

Signature # 2479

March 5, 2014
5:13pm
Kristine Ross Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2478

March 3, 2014
10:55am
kimberly beazer Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2477

February 23, 2014
7:11pm
Ryane Love H. Pitts Bronx, NY

Save the wild life!

Signature # 2476

February 23, 2014
7:11pm
Katherine Perez Bronx, NY

Save the Putnam!

Signature # 2475

February 23, 2014
7:10pm
Gabriela Hernandez Bronx, NY

I love running the trail! It's essential!

Signature # 2474

February 23, 2014
7:10pm
Laura Spalter Bronx, NY

yes!

Signature # 2473

February 23, 2014
7:10pm
Tara Linton Staten Island, NY

Save it!

Signature # 2472

February 23, 2014
7:10pm
Eric Newman Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2471

February 23, 2014
7:10pm
Twahira Khan Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2470

February 23, 2014
7:10pm
Catherine Fawatt Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Frequent visitor

Signature # 2469

February 23, 2014
7:10pm
Isaias Vega Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2468

February 23, 2014
7:10pm
Charlie Reynoso Bronx, NY

Save the Putnam Trail!

Signature # 2467

February 23, 2014
7:10pm
Margaret Schreider Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2466

February 23, 2014
7:10pm
Helene Haitman-Kutnowsky Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2465

February 23, 2014
7:10pm
Kimberly Berg Bronx, NY

Save the trail!

Signature # 2464

February 23, 2014
7:08pm
Casey Barrett Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2463

February 23, 2014
7:08pm
Olivia Mason Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2462

February 23, 2014
7:08pm
Chris Yandoli Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 2461

February 23, 2014
7:08pm
Safiya Parker Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 2460

February 23, 2014
7:08pm
Jamila Cousins Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2459

February 23, 2014
7:08pm
Janette Sanchez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2458

February 23, 2014
7:08pm
Dorothea Poggi Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2457

February 23, 2014
7:08pm
Marcia Akline Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2456

February 23, 2014
7:08pm
Charlene Dubin Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2455

February 23, 2014
7:07pm
Nadine Parsons Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2454

February 23, 2014
7:07pm
Joanna Andreeson Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2453

February 23, 2014
7:07pm
Teofilia Acheampong Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2452

February 23, 2014
7:07pm
Annie Boller Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2451

February 23, 2014
7:07pm
Michele Torrioni Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2450

February 23, 2014
7:07pm
Brendon Defreitas Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2449

February 23, 2014
7:07pm
Jack Ullman Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2448

February 23, 2014
7:07pm
Whitney Apollon Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2447

February 23, 2014
7:07pm
Stephen Francuosa Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2446

February 23, 2014
7:07pm
Bin Feng Zheng Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 2445

February 20, 2014
3:03pm
Karmery Bronx, NY

I wouldn't want these trails to leave i made good memories on them during summers.

Signature # 2444

January 30, 2014
5:03pm
Sean Rice Brooklyn, NY

I have been running, competing, and coaching Cross Country and running in NYC for 3 decades.
To pave the trail would be a heartbreak to thousands who have and continue to use the amazing and historic run.

Signature # 2443

January 24, 2014
8:15am
Andreas Krusen Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please keep the trail natural! Don't cut down any trees and if the trail must be reformed use the least invasive method possible. No Asphalt!!

Signature # 2442

January 23, 2014
9:36am
Paul Chapman Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Why wreck it?!! leave nature alone!

Signature # 2441

January 15, 2014
11:51pm
Mary Flores Bronx, NY

Thank you for trying to save the last of the nature trails in Van Cortlandt.

Signature # 2440

January 9, 2014
10:59pm
Matt Johnson Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please keep this trail natural. Asphalt is a petro based material and has negative impacts on wild areas.

Signature # 2439

December 29, 2013
5:33pm
Elaine Cuttler Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please do not pave the trail. This will benefit the human life as well as the wildlife.

Signature # 2438

December 29, 2013
1:25pm
David karopkin Brooklyn, NY

I support efforts to protect the putnam trail from being paved over.

Signature # 2437

December 29, 2013
1:25pm
Jessica Hollander Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 2436

December 27, 2013
10:24pm
Adele Gotlib Manhattan, NY

New York City, the United States, and the Earth as a whole do not suffer from a lack of pavement. What we are losing, destroying at an alarming rate, is natural places and the variety of plants, animals, fungi, and who even knows what else, that live in them and contribute to human health, happiness and well-being. Please don't contribute to their destruction. Enjoy the miles and miles of paved areas we already have, and then come and enjoy the Putnam Trail in its beautiful, narrow, unpaved state.

Signature # 2435

December 10, 2013
9:54pm
Johnathan Hilbert Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Asphalt is horrible. Keep it natural, keep it safe and beautiful. Stone dust is wonderful for biking, walking and running as evidenced by the American Tobacco Trail in my home state of North Carolina. Asphalt is not necessary, and it is harmful to the environment.

Signature # 2434

December 9, 2013
2:44pm
Eleanor McGee NY State Resident

As a Yonkers resident and frequent walker/bird enthusiast on this one-of-a-kind Van Cortlandt Park nature trail, I endorse these dedicated efforts to keep it in its current, unpaved and accessible condition. There are many alternatives for bikers, so destroying this path through nature is completely unnecessary. And it will be destroyed - as the home it now is for so many birds. So please put a halt to any and all paving plans.

Signature # 2433

December 7, 2013
4:43pm
Gabriel Reichler Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2432

December 2, 2013
1:04pm
steve saperstein NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2431

November 24, 2013
11:29am
Sue Albert NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2430

November 22, 2013
10:22am
kathy devos Queens, NY

save the trail, leave it natural.

Signature # 2429

November 20, 2013
10:26pm
Melissa Woods Manhattan, NY

You need a reason?? Uh, hello, nature!! "Save the planet" - ring a bell?

Signature # 2428

November 20, 2013
10:26pm
Susan Oliva NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2427

November 20, 2013
3:26pm
Trish Corbett Manhattan, NY

On my first visit, I learned that the City of New York wants to ruin the beautiful trail I was walking on. A terrible idea! There are plenty of paved roads already. The charm and importance of this path for wildlife and people must be preserved.

Signature # 2426

November 19, 2013
6:26pm
Terence McCabe NY State Resident

I enjoy running on the trail as it is and don't want any trees cut down.

Signature # 2425

November 11, 2013
4:14pm
Cristian gonzalez Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2424

November 8, 2013
1:50am
Karen Falk Manhattan, NY

I have hiked the Putnam Trail as a workout in preparation for vacation hikes far away from NY. It is beautiful and used by many people without losing its feeling of being far away and of nature. Cement will destroy its character.

Signature # 2423

November 6, 2013
9:15am
Leala Childs Queens, NY

Leave nature alone. The benefits derived from this
nature trail cannot be taken lightly. Sure it gives us pleasure but it is the ecological and environmental assets which are of utmost importance.

Signature # 2422

November 5, 2013
7:23pm
al chazin Queens, NY

I grew up in the Highbridge part of the Bronx and remember my brothers taking me to Van Cortlandt Park and would like all parts of the park kept pristine!!!

Signature # 2421

November 5, 2013
3:42pm
Barry Zuckerman Bronx, NY

As a former resident and user of the Van Cortlandt Park, I believe it would be a pity to convert the natural trail into a paved speedway for cyclers.

Signature # 2420

November 3, 2013
10:23pm
Maiysha Campbell Bronx, NY

Please save the Putnam trail!!!

Signature # 2419

November 3, 2013
8:41pm
Ed Bricker NY State Resident

Pavement and asphalt don't have a place in parks, please, keep the trail close to nature.

Signature # 2418

November 3, 2013
4:07pm
Paul Jonath NY State Resident

I strongly support the campaign to keep this trail unpaved and in its undeveloped state.

Signature # 2417

November 3, 2013
4:06pm
Margarite Torres Manhattan, NY

Love the Trail. Preserve it for the future.

Signature # 2416

November 3, 2013
4:06pm
NIMIA MONTANEZ-SHIPPER NY State Resident

Save THE PUTNAM TRAIL IN VAN CORTLANDT PARK.

Signature # 2415

November 3, 2013
4:05pm
Kevin NY State Resident

Less pavement is better.

Signature # 2414

November 3, 2013
4:05pm
susan and philip likes NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2413

November 2, 2013
9:00pm
Linda Catlin NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2412

November 2, 2013
4:29pm
J. Miedzwiecki NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2411

November 2, 2013
12:50pm
Susan Pederson Queens, NY

We need walking/hiking paths more than we need more paved roads in our "concrete city." Allow those of us who prefer locomotion-by-feet our few spaces.

Signature # 2410

November 2, 2013
12:50pm
Rick Reid Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 2409

November 2, 2013
10:44am
Cherie Swann NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2408

November 1, 2013
10:31pm
william toner NY State Resident

The Putnam Trail should never be paved and must be kept as natural as possible.

Signature # 2407

November 1, 2013
6:08pm
Lilly Knuth NY State Resident

Keep it a trail for hikers and nature lovers. We don't need more asphalt even if it is for bikes.

Signature # 2406

November 1, 2013
5:19pm
Larry Porco Bronx, NY

I prefer to see the trail remain as dirt. Save the money, because eventually, I hope to see rail (light rail) return to this trail as it should to reduce car traffic on the roads. The rail line would extend north to Suffern over the Tappan Zee to connect with NJ Transit at Suffern with an extension to the Grasslands Rd. office complex and Westchester Medical Center near Valhalla (with possibly a cross Westchester route to the CT. border and transfer point to MetroNorth) and south down 5th Avenue to the southern tip of Manhattan.

Signature # 2405

November 1, 2013
5:19pm
renata dobryn NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2404

November 1, 2013
5:19pm
Joi MuratoreNY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2403

November 1, 2013
5:19pm
Laurie Puca NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2402

November 1, 2013
2:11pm
james maloney Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2401

October 31, 2013
4:31pm
Gary Nickerson Manhattan, NY

I live 22 blocks south of Van Cortlandt Park. I value the Putnam Trail as it is. Already, we have groups of bikers going too fast on it. We don't need to encourage that.

Signature # 2400

October 28, 2013
11:41am
Nora Bromberg Manhattan, NY

Save it, don't pave it!

Signature # 2399

October 28, 2013
12:07am
Sandra Cazalz Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2398

October 28, 2013
12:07am
Jason Wheeler Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2397

October 28, 2013
12:07am
Brenda Lopez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2396

October 28, 2013
12:07am
Goran Micovic Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2395

October 28, 2013
12:07am
Raphael Yail Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2394

October 28, 2013
12:06am
Kristine Guialdo Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2393

October 28, 2013
12:06am
Ron Guialdo Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2392

October 28, 2013
12:06am
Raiden Guialdo Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2391

October 28, 2013
12:06am
Amanda Bray Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2390

October 28, 2013
12:06am
Marcelo Mendez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2389

October 28, 2013
12:06am
Alex Serrano Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2388

October 28, 2013
12:06am
Karmen Kluge Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2387

October 28, 2013
12:06am
Mark Daly NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2386

October 28, 2013
12:06am
Saar Warner Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2385

October 28, 2013
12:06am
Eiran Warner Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2384

October 28, 2013
12:06am
Ben Ciurdor Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2383

October 28, 2013
12:06am
Michal Mallon NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2382

October 27, 2013
10:37pm
Jill Ellis Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 2381

October 27, 2013
6:07pm
Jacquelyn Powell Bronx, NY

Love nature. Love the trail.

Signature # 2380

October 27, 2013
6:06pm
K. Roth Bronx, NY

Don't pave the Putnam Trail.

Signature # 2379

October 27, 2013
6:06pm
Laura Chenven Bronx, NY

Just fix it, don't pave it.

Signature # 2378

October 27, 2013
6:06pm
Nadhilis Rojas Bronx, NY

It's perfect the way it is!

Signature # 2377

October 27, 2013
6:06pm
Herman Thompson NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2376

October 27, 2013
6:06pm
Eric Tarafa NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2375

October 27, 2013
6:06pm
Max Navaz NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2374

October 27, 2013
6:06pm
Brandon Morales NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2373

October 27, 2013
6:06pm
Jesus Rodriguez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2372

October 27, 2013
6:06pm
Gaspov Batista Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2371

October 27, 2013
6:06pm
Juliana Alvarado Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2370

October 27, 2013
5:48pm
Deborah Gorman NY State Resident

Save trees, animal habitat, and bird habitat.

Signature # 2369

October 27, 2013
5:47pm
Ruth Kraus Bronx, NY

The trail is at risk. Save the canopy and understory!!

Signature # 2368

October 27, 2013
5:47pm
Russ Kempton Bronx, NY

No development please.

Signature # 2367

October 27, 2013
5:47pm
Hamza Santiago Bronx, NY

Save the trail!

Signature # 2366

October 27, 2013
5:47pm
Jasmine Youssef Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2365

October 27, 2013
5:47pm
Patrick McNierney Bronx, NY

Save the trail!

Signature # 2364

October 27, 2013
5:47pm
C. Palmer Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2363

October 27, 2013
5:47pm
Alexandra Perez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2362

October 27, 2013
5:47pm
Tamor Bar-David Bronx, NY

Save the trail.

Signature # 2361

October 27, 2013
5:47pm
Yonda Marreno Bronx, NY

Save the trail!!

Signature # 2360

October 27, 2013
5:47pm
Kevin Torres NY State Resident

Save the trail and save the trees.

Signature # 2359

October 27, 2013
5:47pm
Nadil Rojas Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2358

October 27, 2013
5:47pm
Margarita Gonzalez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2357

October 27, 2013
5:47pm
Altagracia Garcia Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2356

October 27, 2013
9:33am
Alexander Hah Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 2355

October 26, 2013
6:49pm
Mary Lindberg Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2354

October 26, 2013
6:49pm
Jenny T Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please don't mess with the Putnam Trail. Too many people will lose out to a smaller minority who wish to bike at speed. It's perfect the way it is.

Signature # 2353

October 24, 2013
6:06pm
Marty Temkin NY State Resident

Pls do not pave this trail, new yorkers have no
where else to go.

Signature # 2352

October 23, 2013
10:03pm
Dave Bledsoe Manhattan, NY

This trail is my favorite place in New York City, please do not destroy this slice of woodland!

Signature # 2351

October 20, 2013
4:39pm
Myrah Murrell Bronx, NY

I love this nature trail. PLEASE don't pave it!

Signature # 2350

October 14, 2013
11:30pm
Maria Lakis Manhattan, NY

Don't pave the trail.

Signature # 2349

October 14, 2013
11:04pm
Colista Turner Queens, NY

I regularly travel from Astoria, NY to the Bronx to enjoy Van Cortlandt Park. You MUST NOT pave over one of the last few NATURAL green spaces in New York City! Destroying the habitat of the animals and plants who call the park their home is NOT OK!! The community enjoys the park AS IT IS!!!

Signature # 2348

October 14, 2013
7:25am
Varun Murthy Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Don't pave the trail!!

Signature # 2347

October 13, 2013
6:17pm
Elliot Vermes Bronx, NY

This is one of the most beautiful parts of the whole city. To pave it would be extremely irresponsible.

Signature # 2346

October 12, 2013
8:22pm
J. Jimenez Bronx, NY

Needs to be sustainable and needs to serve the whole and not just some.

Signature # 2345

October 12, 2013
8:21pm
Margaret Hughes Bronx, NY

The path is beautiful as it is! Please do not ruin it.

Signature # 2344

October 12, 2013
8:20pm
Frank Banks Bronx, NY

Don't do it!!

Signature # 2343

October 12, 2013
8:20pm
Ed McGuirk Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Do not change!!

Signature # 2342

October 12, 2013
8:20pm
Mark Ratner Bronx, NY

Do not spoil nature.

Signature # 2341

October 12, 2013
8:19pm
Joseph P. Reilly Bronx, NY

Enough bike trails!!

Signature # 2340

October 12, 2013
8:18pm
Lianee Torres Bronx, NY

Paving the Putnam Trail is a bad idea. Many people run the Putnam Trail every day and pavement is not good for the knees.

Signature # 2339

October 12, 2013
8:18pm
Maggie Donovan Bronx, NY

Bad idea!

Signature # 2338

October 12, 2013
8:18pm
Gail Manduacchia NY State Resident

Not good!

Signature # 2337

October 12, 2013
8:18pm
John Manduacchia NY State Resident

Keep natural.

Signature # 2336

October 12, 2013
8:18pm
Firelei DeLeon-Rice Brooklyn, NY

Keep it natural!

Signature # 2335

October 12, 2013
8:18pm
Jazmun Blanco NY State Resident

No paving.

Signature # 2334

October 12, 2013
8:18pm
Aniecia Sommerville NY State Resident

Keep it natural.

Signature # 2333

October 12, 2013
8:18pm
Jacquie Murphy NY State Resident

Keep it natural.

Signature # 2332

October 12, 2013
8:18pm
Joe Schmidt NY State Resident

No paving.

Signature # 2331

October 12, 2013
8:18pm
Peter Doyle NY State Resident

Please keep

Signature # 2330

October 12, 2013
8:18pm
Betty Kilgannon Bronx, NY

Save our parks

Signature # 2329

October 12, 2013
8:18pm
Justine Donohue Bronx, NY

Keep it the way it is!!

Signature # 2328

October 12, 2013
8:17pm
Jonathan Van Lunsen Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2327

October 12, 2013
8:17pm
Jose Vasquez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2326

October 12, 2013
8:17pm
Edmin Rossy Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2325

October 12, 2013
8:16pm
Patrick Sheridan Bronx, NY

Enough Pavement already!

Signature # 2324

October 12, 2013
8:16pm
Dan Donohue Bronx, NY

I love to run, but not on pavement.

Signature # 2323

October 12, 2013
8:16pm
Randy Rosen Manhattan, NY

Let nature live!

Signature # 2322

October 12, 2013
8:16pm
Brian Lopez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2321

October 12, 2013
8:16pm
Edna F. Felix Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2320

October 12, 2013
8:16pm
Charlotte Cohen Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2319

October 12, 2013
8:16pm
Jadeling Chavez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2318

October 12, 2013
8:15pm
Steve Mucpay NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2317

October 12, 2013
8:15pm
Rose Burrus Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please keep as is!

Signature # 2316

October 12, 2013
8:15pm
Stephanie Brazis Bronx, NY

Don't pave!

Signature # 2315

October 12, 2013
8:15pm
Kelli Van Lunsen Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2314

October 10, 2013
8:09pm
Charles Tang Brooklyn, NY

Putnam Trail is a gem! I hope it will stay wild forever and ever!

Signature # 2313

October 9, 2013
4:04pm
Joy Gramolini Manhattan, NY

I first walked the Putnam Trail with my two dogs on a snowy Jan day. It is a treasure that should not be turned into one more bike thoroughfare but repaired and preserved for all to enjoy including those who travel on two feet, not two wheels.

Signature # 2312

October 9, 2013
4:03pm
Christopher Lyons Manhattan, NY

This trail is already very accessible and bicycles (and even small motorized vehicles) use it all the time. There is no reason to pave it, and it will do great damage to a park that has already been carved up by highways and a golf course. Van Cortlandt has done its bit for urban mobility and then some. Leave it and its wildlife alone for once. And give New Yorkers desperate for quiet places a chance to walk without having bicyclists whizzing by yelling "TO YOUR LEFT!" Now they can travel the path but at reasonable speeds. Asphalt will encourage them to go as fast as they can, and people will get hurt.

Signature # 2311

October 8, 2013
11:40pm
Yolanda Garcia Manhattan, NY

Please do not do anything to the Putnam Trail. Above all, absolutely do not pave it.

Signature # 2310

October 8, 2013
11:39pm
Ashley Flores-Maldonado Manhattan, NY

Nature is hella dope, leave it be!!

Signature # 2309

October 7, 2013
5:04pm
Johnny Pita Bronx, NY

I am totally against pavement on the Putnam trail. It is for park recreation.

Signature # 2308

October 7, 2013
5:04pm
Dinesh K Bronx, NY

Pro-Trees!!

Signature # 2307

October 7, 2013
5:03pm
Elido DeLeon Bronx, NY

Leave it as it is. But make it wider.

Signature # 2306

October 7, 2013
5:03pm
Ana Mejía Bronx, NY

I like the natural wood. Leave it as it is. But make it wider.

Signature # 2305

October 7, 2013
5:02pm
Abel Coradin Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2304

October 7, 2013
5:02pm
Veronica Brozowski Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2303

October 7, 2013
5:02pm
Lloyd Drummond NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2302

October 7, 2013
5:01pm
Marleny Rubio Manhattan, NY

Instead there should be investment in travel & tourism to the area.

Signature # 2301

October 7, 2013
5:01pm
Bobby Nips NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2300

October 7, 2013
4:57pm
Hector Cruz Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2299

October 7, 2013
4:57pm
Sarita Martinez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2298

October 7, 2013
10:36am
Marisol NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2297

October 7, 2013
1:58am
Maria Di Toro Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2296

October 6, 2013
8:08pm
Edna Madriaga Manhattan, NY

Had the opportunity to be introduced to this amazing trail Oct. 5 and it's really unacceptable to touch this sanctuary and convert it to something that will only benefit a few and will destroy the natural state of this amazing retreat. Please leave it alone!!!!!

Signature # 2295

October 6, 2013
9:17am
William Stribling Manhattan, NY

Save the trail!

Signature # 2294

October 5, 2013
10:07pm
emirjona Bronx, NY

Please save the trail!

Signature # 2293

October 5, 2013
8:36pm
Veronika Borodina Bronx, NY

Please preserve this nature trail to share with future generations. It's a majestic retreat for those seeking solace, rejuvenation, and a reconnection to the wild. It's a precious jewel amidst the labyrinths of concrete that surround us and its beauty is truly irreplaceable. Leave it undisturbed.

Signature # 2292

October 5, 2013
5:14pm
Kevin Alexander Bronx, NY

Please don't pave this trail! Leave it as natural as possible to preserve this wild area.

Signature # 2291

October 5, 2013
5:13pm
Michael Kane Bronx, NY

Why ruin a natural setting? This would encroach the concrete jungle into our refuge!

Signature # 2290

October 5, 2013
5:13pm
Amanda Alexander Bronx, NY

Keep the beauty of the trail! Don't pave it. Tell the cyclists to use wider tires!

Signature # 2289

October 5, 2013
5:13pm
Michael C. Codyre Bronx, NY

Please leave it alone.

Signature # 2288

October 5, 2013
5:12pm
Deborah W. Bates Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

A shame to lose the rustic atmosphere.

Signature # 2287

October 5, 2013
5:12pm
Alexandra Payton Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2286

October 5, 2013
5:12pm
Brandon Finnie Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2285

October 5, 2013
5:12pm
Ricardo Sanmartin NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2284

October 5, 2013
5:12pm
Terence Wood NY State Resident

Leave it natural.

Signature # 2283

October 5, 2013
5:12pm
Octavio Santos Queens, NY

Keep our trails natural!

Signature # 2282

October 5, 2013
5:12pm
Pin Santos Queens, NY

Keep the natural beauty and pass it down to future generations.

Signature # 2281

October 3, 2013
12:52pm
Hugo Ledsman Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2280

October 3, 2013
12:52pm
Ray James Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2279

October 3, 2013
12:51pm
Warlin Martinez NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2278

October 3, 2013
10:29am
Tom Sullens Bronx, NY

Do not pave!

Signature # 2277

October 3, 2013
9:06am
Drupattie Ramroop Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2276

October 2, 2013
5:33pm
Mary Jane Kaplan Manhattan, NY

NYC has plenty of concrete already and we lose far too many park trees in storms. Please don't pave the trail.

Signature # 2275

October 2, 2013
3:40pm
Peter W. Post Manhattan, NY

I have been using the Putnam Trail for over 60 years long before it was known as the Putnam Trail! As a boy I found nothing but joy in walking along the RR tracks and exploring the Van Cortlandt Park swamp and viewing the abundant bird and other wildlife found along the trail. The NYC Parks Department is supposed to administer the parks for the people, not cause wanton destruction. Where is your fiduciary responsibility to preserve and protect?

Signature # 2274

October 2, 2013
1:59pm
Marj Joyce Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 2273

October 2, 2013
1:39pm
Martha Covi Bronx, NY

Save the Nature Trail. Have enjoyed it for decades and met a lot of wildlife, birds, wild turkeys, hawks, owls, etc and birdwatchers. Thanks.

Signature # 2272

October 2, 2013
1:39pm
peter heimgartner NY State Resident

Parks department: you are a waste of our taxes !!!! leave the trail alone !

Signature # 2271

October 2, 2013
11:12am
Patrick Heaphy Bronx, NY

Please do not pave over the trail.
It is nature at its best.
I use it everyday and love it as it is.

Signature # 2270

October 1, 2013
9:07pm
Ann M. Salazar Bronx, NY

Don't pave it. I love going on nature walks here and enjoying the quiet.

Signature # 2269

October 1, 2013
9:07pm
Alfred Bracero Brooklyn, NY

Please don't ruin the Park!!!

Signature # 2268

October 1, 2013
9:07pm
Anneke Thiel Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2267

October 1, 2013
9:06pm
Dennis Thiel Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2266

October 1, 2013
9:06pm
Tracey Phillips Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2265

October 1, 2013
1:32pm
Emma Schwarz Manhattan, NY

I recently walked from Van Cortlandt Park north to the Westchester section of the trail. The VC Park section was shady and full of wildflowers and birdsong. The paved section north of the park was like walking on a city street, not like being in a park at all. I don't know why this beautiful area should be paved. We have enough paved streets in the city and need to preserve wild trails.

Signature # 2264

October 1, 2013
1:32pm
Robert Schwab Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2263

September 29, 2013
10:10am
Jen Devery NY State Resident

Save the trail!

Signature # 2262

September 28, 2013
8:04pm
Mabel Cohen Bronx, NY

Absolutely keep the original trail.

Signature # 2261

September 28, 2013
8:04pm
B. Croak NY State Resident

Stone-dust will make the park a better environment

Signature # 2260

September 28, 2013
8:04pm
Wayne Middleton Bronx, NY

No pavement!

Signature # 2259

September 28, 2013
8:04pm
Kim Amato Middleton Bronx, NY

No pavement!

Signature # 2258

September 28, 2013
8:04pm
Stephen Donnelly Bronx, NY

Leave the trail as nature intended.

Signature # 2257

September 28, 2013
8:04pm
R. Reagan Bronx, NY

No paving!!

Signature # 2256

September 28, 2013
8:04pm
Juan Tejada Bronx, NY

Don't change it!

Signature # 2255

September 28, 2013
8:04pm
Yliana Gonzalez Bronx, NY

Do not change it!

Signature # 2254

September 28, 2013
8:04pm
Demostenes Gonzalez Bronx, NY

No change.

Signature # 2253

September 28, 2013
8:04pm
E. Olmeda Bronx, NY

The trail is a good thing.

Signature # 2252

September 28, 2013
8:04pm
M. Yaskinsky NY State Resident

Who's splitting the bill?

Signature # 2251

September 28, 2013
8:04pm
C. Silva Bronx, NY

Stone-dust will make the park a better environment

Signature # 2250

September 28, 2013
8:04pm
Mary Ann Cybulski Bronx, NY

Please keep the Putnam Trial natural. Don't pave it.

Signature # 2249

September 28, 2013
8:03pm
Michael Permuy Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2248

September 28, 2013
8:03pm
Estefania Rodriguez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2247

September 28, 2013
8:02pm
Osvaldo Montas Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2246

September 28, 2013
8:02pm
Deirdre Wells Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2245

September 28, 2013
8:01pm
Paul Rosenberg Bronx, NY

No paving please.

Signature # 2244

September 28, 2013
6:01pm
Gerry Biggins NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2243

September 28, 2013
6:01pm
Nicole Ortiz Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2242

September 28, 2013
6:01pm
James S. Baird Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2241

September 28, 2013
6:01pm
Mike Kane Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2240

September 28, 2013
6:01pm
Guadalupe Michaca Bronx, NY

I really like the park the way it is now. The trail is beautiful to walk on.

Signature # 2239

September 28, 2013
6:01pm
Lucy Rodriguez Bronx, NY

No pavement!

Signature # 2238

September 28, 2013
6:01pm
Donald Butt Manhattan, NY

Beautiful the way it is!

Signature # 2237

September 28, 2013
6:01pm
Amanda DeFrancesco Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2236

September 28, 2013
6:01pm
Suzanne Manano Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2235

September 28, 2013
12:18am
Brendan Lyons Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2234

September 23, 2013
9:50am
A. Huguert Bronx, NY

Save the animals and the trees, please!

Signature # 2233

September 23, 2013
9:49am
Amber Williamson Bronx, NY

Let it be.

Signature # 2232

September 23, 2013
9:49am
Mary Kelly Bronx, NY

Nature please!

Signature # 2231

September 23, 2013
9:49am
Andrea G. Fuentes Bronx, NY

Nature please!

Signature # 2230

September 23, 2013
9:48am
Linnea Topp Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2229

September 23, 2013
9:48am
Joel Shulman Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2228

September 23, 2013
9:48am
Rebecca Crichlow Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2227

September 23, 2013
9:48am
Doris Crichlow Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2226

September 23, 2013
9:48am
Angel Zebala Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2225

September 23, 2013
9:48am
Lisa Vasquez Bronx, NY

Leave it the way it is!

Signature # 2224

September 23, 2013
9:48am
Paul Virga Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2223

September 23, 2013
9:48am
Bruce Fulton NY State Resident

Probably leave it as it is.

Signature # 2222

September 20, 2013
12:08pm
Lisa Charles Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2221

September 18, 2013
1:03pm
Eric Hoover Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 2220

September 17, 2013
10:26pm
william kolek NY State Resident

Save money and save the trail. No asphalt please!

Signature # 2219

September 16, 2013
2:43pm
Marcial Ramirez Bronx, NY

Keep it Natural!

Signature # 2218

September 16, 2013
2:43pm
Kate Ostrander Bronx, NY

Keep it Natural!

Signature # 2217

September 16, 2013
2:43pm
Fred Kurtz Bronx, NY

Trail OK as it is.

Signature # 2216

September 16, 2013
2:43pm
Carmen Kurtz Bronx, NY

Trail OK as it is.

Signature # 2215

September 16, 2013
2:43pm
Ruben Rodriguez Bronx, NY

Keep park as natural

Signature # 2214

September 16, 2013
2:43pm
Wanda Barrero Manhattan, NY

Keep the park as natural as possible W.B.

Signature # 2213

September 16, 2013
2:43pm
Ruben Rivera NY State Resident

We like the Natural Feel

Signature # 2212

September 16, 2013
2:43pm
Janneth Enriquez Bronx, NY

Keep the park as natural

Signature # 2211

September 16, 2013
2:43pm
Luis Enriquez Bronx, NY

Keep the park as natural

Signature # 2210

September 16, 2013
2:43pm
Laura Irwin NY State Resident

Parks are supposed to be natural!

Signature # 2209

September 16, 2013
2:42pm
Anthony Benitez NY State Resident

We want to preserve its naturality...

Signature # 2208

September 15, 2013
9:19pm
Chris Cuffy Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2207

September 15, 2013
9:18pm
Maribel Rivera Bronx, NY

Please no!

Signature # 2206

September 15, 2013
9:18pm
Sergio Garcia Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2205

September 15, 2013
9:18pm
Damion Nunez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2204

September 15, 2013
9:10pm
Richard Stabile Bronx, NY

Leave well enough to nature.

Signature # 2203

September 15, 2013
9:10pm
L. McGougan Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2202

September 15, 2013
7:09pm
Peggy Ray Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2201

September 15, 2013
7:09pm
John McCarthy Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2200

September 15, 2013
7:05pm
Mariala Quinche NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2199

September 15, 2013
7:05pm
Anisa Juliana Pattersen Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2198

September 15, 2013
7:05pm
Sverre Melkstavik Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2197

September 15, 2013
7:05pm
David Dreyfuss Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2196

September 15, 2013
7:05pm
Janet Dreyfuss Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2195

September 15, 2013
7:05pm
Asia Perez Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 2194

September 15, 2013
7:05pm
J. McWillis Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2193

September 15, 2013
7:05pm
Carlos Salazar Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2192

September 15, 2013
6:50pm
Alberto Alvarez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2191

September 15, 2013
6:50pm
Karina Mayyer Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2190

September 15, 2013
6:50pm
Elizabeth Mercado Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2189

September 15, 2013
6:50pm
Porfirio Velazquez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2188

September 15, 2013
6:50pm
Thomas Velazquez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2187

September 15, 2013
6:50pm
Oliver Conant Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2186

September 15, 2013
6:50pm
Leighton Thornhill Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 2185

September 14, 2013
10:14am
Joel Shulman Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2184

August 31, 2013
9:37pm
thomas bauccio Bronx, NY

To deface and desecrate it with concrete would be an environmental disaster. The more natural a trail the better.

Signature # 2183

August 31, 2013
6:19pm
Isabella An Queens, NY

Wildlife is important and must be preserved. We must learn to work with nature and not against it. We must show our appreciation and love towards nature, as well as taking our responsibility in taking good care of God's gift and world seriously.

Signature # 2182

August 30, 2013
8:48pm
Joe Pilla Bronx, NY

Widening and asphalting this trail would be such a mistake. Besides the damage the construction would do and loss it would entail, it would encourage folks on motorized bikes and vehicles to use it. I don't begrudge regular bikers use of the current trail, but there are already ample paved bike paths in VC Park. There's no need to spoil a good walk to provide another.

Signature # 2181

August 27, 2013
3:32pm
Axie Szekreny Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2180

August 27, 2013
11:43am
Paul gray Bronx, NY

Another situation where the politicians are getting a kickback from the contractors who will do the work, money or favors, you pick it! Leave the Park alone -- it is just fine the way it is!!!

Signature # 2179

August 27, 2013
11:42am
Matt Brown Manhattan, NY

I agree: nature does deserve its place in our modern world. It is also important to save areas like this for future generations to experience our sacred trails and wooded areas. New York City needs its nature as much as it needs its concrete. I'm a Fordham graduate living in Manhattan, and retreat to the Bronx regularly for solace and peace. Please don't pave this trail.

Signature # 2178

August 26, 2013
10:45pm
Claudia Franciamore Bronx, NY

Save the trail!

Signature # 2177

August 26, 2013
10:44pm
Miguel Aries Bronx, NY

Save the trail!

Signature # 2176

August 26, 2013
10:44pm
Tiziana Imbemba NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2175

August 26, 2013
1:04pm
Ildiko biro Bronx, NY

Leave the park alone , we don't need more asphalt. Don't kill nature.
Thank you.

Signature # 2174

August 26, 2013
11:38am
Sarolta Kovacs Bronx, NY

Please save the trail and wetlands.

Signature # 2173

August 26, 2013
8:11am
Marsha Davis Bronx, NY

I took a walk on the trail for the first time today and it would be a shame if they changed it; it's beautiful as is.

Signature # 2172

August 25, 2013
9:11pm
Pam Frost Bronx, NY

I'm a hiker and I love Putnam Trail. I think that it's a very unique place and must be saved. This path where I can get completely away from the stresses of Urban life and interact with wild life and breathe healthy air is so necessary for my psychological well being as well as my health. Putnam Trail is so restorative and must be saved!

Signature # 2171

August 24, 2013
6:58pm
Ed Smith Bronx, NY

If you pave over the Putnam Trail you will be destroying one of New York City's natural wonders. You are going to manicure this park for the pleasure of a few over consideration of the many. I object to this inconsiderate action to please the power brokers in the city who don't use our park and really have no interest in it anyway.

Signature # 2170

August 22, 2013
1:26pm
khalid sabater Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2169

August 20, 2013
8:08pm
Deborah Franklin Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2168

August 18, 2013
3:13pm
Adam Sherrerd Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 2167

August 13, 2013
6:01pm
Mimi Hue Brooklyn, NY

Nature deserves to have its space. Let's respect nature and allow everyone to enjoy it.

Signature # 2166

August 11, 2013
3:40pm
Brian Porter Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

This is an important area

Signature # 2165

August 11, 2013
1:29pm
Victoria Flexner Manhattan, NY

Don't ruin the beauty of the putnam trail!!! Save the little bit of nature that is left in NYC!!!!!!

Signature # 2164

August 10, 2013
9:29pm
Diana Omori Manhattan, NY

Please leave it alone. It does not need paving

Signature # 2163

August 10, 2013
9:29pm
Mike Morita Manhattan, NY

SAVE the environment and PUTNAM TRAIL

Signature # 2162

August 10, 2013
12:00pm
Thomas Moloney Manhattan, NY

There's no place in the Bronx like Van Cortlandt Park.

Signature # 2161

August 9, 2013
12:21am
Sotaro Misawa Queens, NY

Please keep the natural trail!

Signature # 2160

July 27, 2013
7:15pm
Andre Lobban Brooklyn, NY

Save this TRAIL!!!!

Signature # 2159

July 26, 2013
7:31pm
Thomas Cleary Manhattan, NY

We have very few natural areas, we don't need more asphalt.

Signature # 2158

July 26, 2013
4:26pm
Nancy Linday Manhattan, NY

Please do not pave over this terrific trail!

Signature # 2157

July 18, 2013
2:15pm
Joel Lowy Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2156

July 8, 2013
1:08pm
Noel Selegzi Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2155

July 7, 2013
5:39pm
Dawn Biscardi NY State Resident

Does anyone recall the lyrics...."and you don't know what you've got, til it's gone...pave Paradise, put in a parking lot"? Why WHY would the powers that be decide to ruin one of the few "paradises" left in NYC? THINK AGAIN! Do not pave this lovely place.

Signature # 2154

June 25, 2013
3:24pm
dan young NY State Resident

Leave nature alone!

Signature # 2153

June 21, 2013
3:11pm
CristinaLian Bronx, NY

At one time The Bronx was THE place to come to enjoy nature, let some areas remain that way!

Signature # 2152

June 19, 2013
9:18pm
Joy Keithline Manhattan, NY

Please save this trail. We all need soft earth to tread upon so
we can reconnect to that which we are losing all too fast. Even
the worms and the bugs need a place to call home. No need
to pave and "improve." Protect natural places everywhere, so we can enjoy the song of birds and the delight of a simple trail.

Signature # 2151

June 19, 2013
5:35pm
John Paul Montes Brooklyn, NY

Please, Please, Please!!!!!! Do not allow this to happen. As a runner for the last 17 years, since age 8 years old I have had the opportunity on running on all trails and green spaces within our beautiful city. I have run for High School, Division I College, and club teams the like and it would be a travesty to eliminate such a staple cross country trail that's part of the fabric of NYC!!!

Signature # 2150

June 19, 2013
3:51pm
Karen Bloom NY State Resident

I grew up in the Bronx and spent much time in Van Cortlandt Park. The park created a love of the outdoors for me and led to my becoming an avid hiker. I hope the paving will be reconsidered.

Signature # 2149

June 19, 2013
12:57pm
Eric Piazza Bronx, NY

Please preserve this natural environment for future generations to enjoy.

Signature # 2148

June 19, 2013
12:57pm
Justin Dew Manhattan, NY

Please don't pave the putnam trail, there are SO FEW places to hike/run that are "wild" anymore!

Signature # 2147

June 19, 2013
12:57pm
James Kempton NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2146

June 19, 2013
12:57pm
Diane Zinn Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2145

June 19, 2013
12:57pm
Katherine Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2144

June 19, 2013
12:57pm
lauren NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2143

June 19, 2013
12:57pm
Jennifer DiGaetano Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 2142

June 19, 2013
12:57pm
Janis Berglas NY State Resident

Are you out of your minds?

Signature # 2141

June 18, 2013
8:44pm
Alan Gardner Manhattan, NY

Enough urbanization...keep the trail as natural as can be...keep the green green...stop ruining our planet and start preserving it for our kids and their kids...asphalt means more vehicle traffic means more fumes means worse health all around...get a clue and keep it clean!

Signature # 2140

June 18, 2013
7:14pm
Richard Garey Bronx, NY

I use this trail regularly on my bike and would like it to remain unpaved. It's a picturesque trail as-is and paving it would take away from it's appearance. The ride along the Putnam Trail in the Bronx is beautiful. As soon as you enter into Westchester it is blah.

Signature # 2139

June 16, 2013
12:31am
Marj Joyce Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Paving this wonderful trail is unnecessary, will conflict with the natural environment, is costly, and will quickly fall into disrepair. The City is losing too many wonderful pieces of paradise to short-sighted paving. To say nothing of the quiet shade!

Signature # 2138

June 12, 2013
1:12am
Lisa Trombone Bronx, NY

There's already enough pavement.

Signature # 2137

June 11, 2013
3:57pm
Albert Rosa Bronx, NY

I run this trail at least once a month. It's a great nature walk!

Signature # 2136

June 11, 2013
12:26pm
Jules Formel Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2135

June 5, 2013
4:53pm
Carl Mehling Bronx, NY

There are so few unpaved things in NYC. Please leave one of the few as close to natural as possible.

Signature # 2134

June 5, 2013
12:20pm
Fiona Brady Bronx, NY

Paving an earthen trail with asphalt, removing hundreds of trees, and applying Roundup (which kills both beneficial and pest species)...all of these actions have/will have detrimental and long-term impact on these woodlands and alter people's experience in nature. Not all green spaces are created equal--there needs to be diversity, porous surfaces to absorb storm water, a place to feel soft earth beneath one's feet, to look up into a green canopy, to meander...all of this exists, and only needs protecting and intelligent, sustainable management. Please do not pave over and negatively alter this natural place.
I would also strenuously argue that an Environmental Impact Assessment be conducted before any further action is taken.

Signature # 2133

June 5, 2013
12:20pm
Thomas Trombone Bronx, NY

Paving the trail would obviously require uprooting many more trees than has been alleged and would significantly reduce the trail's appeal for hikers, birders and naturalists. What few woods we have left in NYC should remain woods.

Signature # 2132

June 5, 2013
7:34am
frank huarcaya Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I believe we should preserve this natural environment for the future. once you pave this trail it will be paved for generations. How about putting effort into teaching our kids more about nature?

Signature # 2131

June 4, 2013
6:49pm
Guy Maggi Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

This trail harkened to the beginnings of NY. if we change areas like this we will no longer have a glimpse into the past to not only respect the past but to see how much we have accomplished.

Signature # 2130

June 3, 2013
10:00pm
Dennis Heller Staten Island, NY

no message

Signature # 2129

June 2, 2013
3:42pm
Krisztina Imre Bronx, NY

I am really sick of people in the city trying to pave everything. Why should we sacrifice nature for someone else's bicycling convenience?

Signature # 2128

June 2, 2013
3:42pm
Julianne Quinn NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2127

June 1, 2013
10:19pm
Holly Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Natural paths are a benefit to all -- there is no need for pavement through green space.

Signature # 2126

May 31, 2013
1:16pm
Helene Gwenn Queens, NY

Please save the trail. We often go to Van Cortlandt Park to get away from asphalt & cement pavements. Van Cortlandt Park is an oasis. The money the Parks Department wants to spend paving over the dirt trail would be better used spending it on fixing playgrounds.

Signature # 2125

May 30, 2013
5:00pm
Kira Rutherford-Boese Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 2124

May 30, 2013
3:57pm
Karen Blair Manhattan, NY

Save the trails and spend the money where it's really needed...invest in our Children - SAVE THE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS!!!!

Signature # 2123

May 30, 2013
3:57pm
Barb K Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

NYC of all places should protect the green spaces.

Signature # 2122

May 30, 2013
9:26am
Bryan Dulog Queens, NY

I just ran this trail for the first time on Memorial Day. It's absolutely beautiful and none of the other parks in NYC have anything like this. It would be a shame if this was paved.

Signature # 2121

May 29, 2013
3:33pm
Richard Chamberlain Bronx, NY

We need to preserve as many of the remaining sites as possible all without introducing anything into the space that mother nature did not furnish.

Signature # 2120

May 29, 2013
3:33pm
Tito Sinha Queens, NY

As a runner in Van Cortlandt Park since the late 1980s, I strongly support preserving the Putnam Trail as it is today.

Signature # 2119

May 28, 2013
7:18pm
Ellen Lurie Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I lived in New York State most of my life and Manhattan for about 10 years

Signature # 2118

May 28, 2013
5:18pm
Delores Luckey Manhattan, NY

I support efforts to save this trail. I have a friend Rafael who runs this trail each week. We need more opportunities to promote our fitness not less. The beauty of the path will be destroyed if paved and the path will virtually effect negatively the fitness of runners and walkers. Natural ground vs pavement.

Signature # 2117

May 28, 2013
5:17pm
Carl Harris Brooklyn, NY

Just supporting something that I believe is right.

Signature # 2116

May 28, 2013
12:26pm
Jackie DiSalvo Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 2115

May 27, 2013
2:53pm
Rebecca Ball Manhattan, NY

This trail is beautiful! Paving it would destroy a unique part of the park and nature. Instead of cutting down trees and paving it, why don't you put efforts into using what exists to educate kids about the park and nature? Maybe put some funds instead into maintaining the trails? Paved bike paths are great, just somewhere else.

Signature # 2114

May 27, 2013
2:52pm
Isabel Martinez Rivera Bronx, NY

I have run in Van Cortlandt park for a while now on "The Flats." Today I had my first experience running the trails and I want it to be a place that I can enjoy over and over again, in its current unpaved state.

Signature # 2113

May 26, 2013
11:02pm
Candice Coeyman Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 2112

May 25, 2013
11:37am
Anne K Johnson Manhattan, NY

Stop destroying the only free amenities for working class people.

Signature # 2111

May 23, 2013
8:31pm
Elisabeth Kilmer Manhattan, NY

don't pave paradise to put of a parking lot! i mean, bike roadway.

Signature # 2110

May 23, 2013
12:25pm
ann marie ireland Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I grew up playing in VCP and want to be part of helping to preserve the beautiful grounds for all of us.

Signature # 2109

May 22, 2013
4:13pm
Ivan Braun Bronx, NY

I use the trail regularly and want it improved not turned into a wide paved road.

Signature # 2108

May 21, 2013
10:39pm
Michael Scholz Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 2107

May 21, 2013
7:14pm
kristi schrittwieser Manhattan, NY

The little bit of nature that NYC has left should be cherished. To remove trees and pave a natural trail is to control the environment, the environment is not for humans to control. I spend hours in nature, unfortunately I leave NY, whatever is left don't destroy it.

Signature # 2106

May 21, 2013
9:40am
Jose M Bronx, NY

The Putnam Trail, is one of the most amazing areas left in the Bronx. For years it continues to keep me excited and happy to have this area to visit when exercising or just to meditate. Please keep this open!

Signature # 2105

May 20, 2013
11:53pm
Noemi Bronx, NY

The Putnam Trail, has been a beautiful sight in van cortlandt park for many years. It has been apart of our community promoting a healthy lifestyle. Many people, like myself, use this trail for exercise. It will be a great loss for the community if this trail is taken away. Please don't close down this trail, it has been a place for all our residents.

Signature # 2104

May 20, 2013
11:52pm
Adam Danforth Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 2103

May 19, 2013
1:36pm
Judi Silliere Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 2102

May 18, 2013
7:21pm
Carol Staten Island, NY

Hope this endeavor is successful

Signature # 2101

May 18, 2013
4:09am
Ava Zurita NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2100

May 18, 2013
4:08am
Bill Murphy NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2099

May 17, 2013
4:32pm
Michael Arney Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2098

May 16, 2013
3:36pm
carolyn mitchell Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please save the historic Putnam trail for future generations of nature lovers. It's important to preserve the beauty of nature for all our children.

Signature # 2097

May 16, 2013
2:10pm
Donald Arthur Bronx, NY

Keep The Putnam Trail Open

Signature # 2096

May 16, 2013
11:09am
Suzanne Dougherty Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Thanks for doing this!

Signature # 2095

May 16, 2013
11:09am
Murray J Fox Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 2094

May 16, 2013
9:27am
Barbara Sorrell NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2093

May 16, 2013
9:21am
Myriam Loor Queens, NY

Keep the trail alive and promote fitness

Signature # 2092

May 16, 2013
9:20am
Patricia Coveny NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2091

May 16, 2013
9:20am
Walt P Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 2090

May 16, 2013
7:46am
Cathy Troisi NY State Resident

save the trail and please let it be
for tomorrow's children, and now, you and me
however it's used, whether bike, walk, or run
keep putnam as is for every day fun.

Signature # 2089

May 15, 2013
9:46pm
Peter Nickman Brooklyn, NY

It ain't broke, so don't fix it.

Signature # 2088

May 15, 2013
8:02pm
Lucy Amato Bronx, NY

New Yorkers need as much natural environment as possible. We work hard and we need calm, natural, quiet spaces, not more asphalt.

Signature # 2087

May 15, 2013
11:48am
Troy Squire Brooklyn, NY

This is a unique and beautiful running trail that I can get to WITHOUT A CAR! Please keep it as it is.

Signature # 2086

May 15, 2013
8:42am
Alex Pirko Queens, NY

Please save the Putnam trail as a nature trail.
There are plenty of paved paths already..

Signature # 2085

May 14, 2013
8:36am
Janet Gonzalez NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2084

May 14, 2013
12:01am
Shawn McKinley Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2083

May 13, 2013
6:51pm
Juan Morales-Flores Bronx, NY

Please preserve the beauty of Van Cortlandt Park and the habitat for the species of animals and plants that live in it. Improve but keep natural the bike and jogging trail and preserve this much necessary resource.

Signature # 2082

May 13, 2013
3:54pm
Kathryn Turner Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Preserve Putman Trail in it's most natural state, especially significant to city dwellers. Bikers are not excluded. They can get a mountain bike.

Signature # 2081

May 13, 2013
2:00pm
Daphna Lazarow NY State Resident

I Have fond Memories On The Putnam Trail From My Years After College Living In Mahopac Putnam County When I Ran And Rollerbladed To Living In Riverdale, Bronx When My Husband And I Were First Married And Enjoyed Peaceful Walks Together DBefore We Moved To The Suburbs To Raise A Family. Everyone Should Have This opportunity To enjoy Special Moments And Create Fond Memories.

Signature # 2080

May 13, 2013
11:37am
Wyeth Hunnable Manhattan, NY

Please do not pave the Putnam Trail. We need to maintain some areas around cities that are not paved.

Thank you

Signature # 2079

May 12, 2013
6:45pm
Muriel Singer Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 2078

May 12, 2013
2:16pm
Scott Stelk Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2077

May 12, 2013
12:42pm
Ron Aponte Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Don't pave any more NYC trails!

Signature # 2076

May 11, 2013
2:20pm
Elizabeth Grachev Bronx, NY

The heading speaks for itself — hope those who are for nature conservancy will prevail. Please, leave Nature as it shines.

Signature # 2075

May 11, 2013
11:17am
Glendon Gordon NY State Resident

Have used this trail many years on my mountain bike, and have enjoyed the scenery.

Signature # 2074

May 11, 2013
11:16am
Beatriz Rodriguez Queens, NY

We have enough pavement in this city. Stop destroying nature with it.

Signature # 2073

May 10, 2013
3:20pm
Heather NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2072

May 10, 2013
9:10am
Douglas Mac Culloch NY State Resident

If this trail is paved over not only are you doing a disservice to the people/taxpayers that use this trail.You will be serving a crashing blow to the enviorment. Once it is gone, it never comes back. There is no need to change what nature has already provided!

Signature # 2071

May 9, 2013
11:10pm
Mike Peppard Bronx, NY

We don't need any more paved trails in the Bronx. Please leave it alone. I ride my bike almost daily there.

Signature # 2070

May 9, 2013
7:57pm
Martin Halpin NY State Resident

Save The Trail !!! Leave It Alone !!!

Signature # 2069

May 9, 2013
5:52pm
mary ann cybulski Bronx, NY

Please keep the Putnam trail natural.

Signature # 2068

May 9, 2013
3:39pm
Alysha Maiorelli Manhattan, NY

The Putnam Trail has so much sentimental value to me as I began my running career surrounded by the trees of this natural bliss in the middle of New York City. To pave it with asphalt would diminish its charm.

Signature # 2067

May 9, 2013
1:13pm
Alexander Slagle Bronx, NY

Please Do Not Change The Trail. As a 21 year old, I value the natural beauty for myself and the younger generation.

Signature # 2066

May 9, 2013
1:13pm
Judy Rubin NY State Resident

A 15 foot wide paved path will the destroy the scenic beauty of the Putnam Trail. I detest running on asphalt, the natural trails around Van Cortlandt are what make it unique to other city parks. The whole meaning of a trail is it has natural beauty, please do not pave the trail.

Signature # 2065

May 9, 2013
1:13pm
Shauna Arnesen Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Don't ruin a beautiful nature park in the midst of the city, these parks should be protected. Using rock dust will preserve the trail, while a paved trail will ruin it. Also, there is no need to widen the trail, this isn't a freeway!

Signature # 2064

May 9, 2013
10:28am
Deva Boone Manhattan, NY

I am a bird watcher and do not want to see valuable habitat destroyed by the paving of the Putnam Trail. Please don't ruin this beautiful trail.

Signature # 2063

May 9, 2013
10:27am
Claire McGinty NY State Resident

website

Signature # 2062

May 9, 2013
8:40am
Nancy Nasser Manhattan, NY

Please save the trail my family lives in the Bronx and they enjoy the trail everyday

Signature # 2061

May 8, 2013
9:09pm
Beniamin Chirila Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Leave nature alone. Do not pave a road that does not need paving. Let generations to come enjoy a natural, beautiful trail.

Signature # 2060

May 8, 2013
6:44pm
Mats Arvidsson Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

It's a given that a remodelling a nature like this will be regretted for generations to come. Please keep the trail as it is or with gentle reconstructions.

Regards Mats

Signature # 2059

May 8, 2013
6:44pm
Joe Daniels NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2058

May 8, 2013
5:33pm
loren drzal Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 2057

May 8, 2013
5:32pm
Thomas Nemetschke Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 2056

May 8, 2013
12:44pm
Alan Ruben Manhattan, NY

Please save the Putman trail.

Signature # 2055

May 8, 2013
12:13pm
Erin Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please save the Putnam Trail. I know several people who enjoy this trail on a weekly basis. It is so important for humans to spend time in nature DAILY. If all natural trails are paved we will not have this opportunity. Our children will not know what it's like to run in the dirt and in the woods. They won't know what a deer or a rabbit looks like. The people using this trail want it to stay natural. Keep it that way!

Signature # 2054

May 8, 2013
12:13pm
daniel Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 2053

May 8, 2013
11:36am
Paula Foster Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2052

May 8, 2013
10:27am
jon ross Bronx, NY

While I appreciate any efforts to clean-up and improve our natural spaces it's troubling to think that the natural aesthetics will be altered for the worse. Please consider the input of folks that utilize the park on a regular basis and help make it a warm, welcoming refuge from the concrete jungle.

Signature # 2051

May 8, 2013
10:27am
Chris Thigpen Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

We have enough asphalt in the world, please preserve the little nature we have left.

Signature # 2050

May 8, 2013
10:27am
Justin Valis Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please don't pave over paradise!

Signature # 2049

May 8, 2013
10:27am
Lisa Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2048

May 8, 2013
10:27am
Brad Sage NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2047

May 8, 2013
10:27am
Albert Leung Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2046

May 7, 2013
11:53pm
Nicole D Manhattan, NY

Please let nature be.

Signature # 2045

May 7, 2013
11:53pm
Natasha Johnston NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2044

May 7, 2013
11:53pm
Sara Stewart NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2043

May 7, 2013
11:53pm
Daniel Goldowitz NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2042

May 7, 2013
8:38pm
Leslie Jordan Bronx, NY

Our natural environments are shrinking. This must not happen.

Signature # 2041

May 7, 2013
2:47pm
Charles hendershott Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 2040

May 7, 2013
12:32pm
Nina Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2039

May 7, 2013
11:57am
RG Ravitts Manhattan, NY

To pave or widen this trail is not an improvement. Better to add more native plants, and protect the natural beauty & wildlife that make it special. People who wish to run/walk/bike on pavement have many options already! Please protect the unpaved, narrow, natural charm that invites one to wander in appreciation of nature rather dashing through all unaware.

Signature # 2038

May 7, 2013
11:25am
Stephany Evans Bronx, NY

I just moved to the Bronx from the Upper West Side of Manhattan BECAUSE of Van Cortlandt Park and it's great trails. Please do not pave the Putnam Trail. I have not met one person who was in favor of this.

Signature # 2037

May 7, 2013
10:42am
Jade Brite Manhattan, NY

Don't try to play god. Leave nature alone. Every living thing has its purpose. Asphalt has nothing to do in a forest! Keep out!

Signature # 2036

May 6, 2013
3:12pm
joan minogue Bronx, NY

Leave the trail alone .if you pave it the bikers will only go faster and make it unsafe for the rest of us.

Signature # 2035

May 6, 2013
2:16pm
Tara West Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I spent my youth running cross country races at Van Cortlandt Park. I became a national runner. Running on the dirt paths through the canopy of trees is one of my favorite memories during the healthiest phase of my life. Now, when I visit, I walk these trails with my sister and her husband and am just as adamant as they are to keep the Putnam Trail as it is now for generations to come. Thank you.

Signature # 2034

May 6, 2013
2:15pm
Kathleen NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2033

May 6, 2013
2:15pm
Jim Reilingh NY State Resident

Don't pave the trail.

Signature # 2032

May 6, 2013
2:15pm
Theresa Galvin Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 2031

May 6, 2013
6:58am
C Brown Bronx, NY

Stop paving parkland.

Signature # 2030

May 5, 2013
9:32pm
Sarah Wenk Brooklyn, NY

We have so little parkland in the city. How can we possibly justify destroying one inch if it??

Signature # 2029

May 5, 2013
7:47pm
Matthew Morales Bronx, NY

As someone who spent years is highschool life running these trails, as an adult who loves to fish at lake and and a person who understands the fine balance of nature and human presence... It makes no sense to destroy what is beautiful to convenience a minority of Road Bikers. The trail is suitable for mountain bikes and hikers alike.

To waste my taxpayer money on a frivolous project, how about funding the remaining greenway project along the Bronx River.

Signature # 2028

May 5, 2013
8:29am
Mary Picard Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I am a Hoboken resident who works in New York City and who knows too well the consequences of ruining any natural area. Anyone in New York City who watched the devastation of Sandy should understand the folly of paving over ANYTHING that should not be paved over. Paving over the Putnam trail is a stupid idea, in addition to a waste of taxpayer money. Stop destroying New York!

Signature # 2027

May 4, 2013
10:37pm
Gabriel Kourie NY State Resident

Save the Trail

Signature # 2026

May 4, 2013
10:36pm
Kathleen Kourie NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2025

May 4, 2013
10:25pm
Gloria Kourie NY State Resident

Save the trail

Signature # 2024

May 4, 2013
9:47pm
B. Agosto Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2023

May 4, 2013
5:56pm
B. SlotnickManhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2022

May 4, 2013
11:07am
Stella Miller NY State Resident

There is a difference between improving a trail by clearing debris, perhaps laying down a natural substrate for ease of maintenance (and to keep invasives non native plant species from jumping from one side of the trail to the other) and degrading the environment by pouring asphalt in a natural area. What is the science behind moving forward with this project? People in the city go to the woods to escape the "concrete jungle", they trod on asphalt all day long. Once in natural areas such as this, they can breathe the air, feel the real ground beneath their feet and feel whole again. Do not pave this trail. Leave it be. Leave it natural. Maintain it, improve it, but do not turn it into a mini road.

Signature # 2021

May 4, 2013
11:06am
David Karopkin Brooklyn, NY

Tired of having concrete and pavement put down all over this city's beautiful green spaces.

Signature # 2020

May 4, 2013
11:05am
Roseann Velez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2019

May 3, 2013
4:07pm
Niki Brooklyn, NY

Human-induced habitat fragmentation is one of the major causes of biodiversity loss.
Species confined to fragmented habitats are of major conservation concerns.
Cutting down trees and putting down a paved road could destruct local habitats and fragment populations which could have deleterious impacts on the biodiversity of the trail.
Please preserve the Putnam Trail as is!

Signature # 2018

May 3, 2013
3:48pm
Carol Queens, NY

we need more natural trails

Signature # 2017

May 3, 2013
12:47pm
Helene Gwenn Queens, NY

We enjoy the park the way it is. Please do not ruin the park by cutting down trees and paving a wide road. People go to the park to get away from paved cement & asphalt roads.

Signature # 2016

May 3, 2013
12:18pm
Tomasz Kochanowicz Bronx, NY

Please save the trails

Signature # 2015

May 3, 2013
10:24am
jean NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2014

May 3, 2013
9:06am
David Shannon Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

As someone who has run 60 marathons and / or trail ultras, please save the dirt trails. They are disappearing too fast.

Signature # 2013

May 3, 2013
9:06am
Lesley Higgins Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2012

May 2, 2013
11:55pm
Regina Yu Manhattan, NY

SAVE THE TRAIL!!!

Signature # 2011

May 2, 2013
7:13pm
G. Soressi NY State Resident

Please preserve the Putnam Trail. We need to protect our resources.

Signature # 2010

May 2, 2013
4:50pm
Paul Palmese NY State Resident

Please save the trail, I love coming here to enjoy nature and the park.

Signature # 2009

May 2, 2013
4:50pm
Chris Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 2008

May 2, 2013
10:35am
Victor Kravets Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2007

May 2, 2013
10:31am
Tamara Landova Bronx, NY

There are so many other things they could do in the park to keep it up.  There are better uses of taxpayer dollars.

Signature # 2006

May 2, 2013
10:30am
Servianov Golina Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 2005

May 2, 2013
10:30am
Carl Willoughby Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 2004

May 2, 2013
10:30am
Peter Feldmann Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 2003

May 2, 2013
10:30am
Keith High NY State Resident

Keep it natural please.

Signature # 2002

May 2, 2013
10:30am
James Grimm NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2001

May 2, 2013
10:30am
Toni Roman NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 2000

May 2, 2013
10:30am
Howard Johnson NY State Resident

I enjoy walking in the park. Keep it natural.

Signature # 1999

May 2, 2013
10:30am
Sraya Valle Bronx, NY

Keep it natural please.

Signature # 1998

May 2, 2013
7:46am
Julian Gonzalez Queens, NY

It would be a big mistake to remove the rugged character of this trail. Nature is hard to come by as it is in this city, and to rid us of this treasure would be counterproductive. Save our tax dollars for better purposes, such as public schools or low-income housing. Just a suggestion.

Signature # 1997

May 1, 2013
11:59pm
Jose R Jimenez Bronx, NY

There are plenty of paved trails throughout the Bronx but there are very very few unpaved trails. Paving this trail over would not only be environmentally damaging, costly, but would also give us a less varied outdoor experience. People seek less manicured trails have a hard enough time finding them. Please preserve this trail as is.

Jose

Signature # 1996

May 1, 2013
11:58pm
Eileen Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1995

May 1, 2013
6:30pm
Lydia Harris Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1994

May 1, 2013
12:15pm
Brendan Martin NY State Resident

PLEASE DON'T DO THIS! NATURAL SPACE IS SO SO LIMITED AS IT IS.

Signature # 1993

May 1, 2013
12:15pm
Genesis Duran Brooklyn, NY

Save the Trail!

Signature # 1992

May 1, 2013
11:28am
Raymond Li Staten Island, NY

I have lived in Staten Island for over a decade (essentially my childhood) and I have seen patches of trees and nature destroyed in favor of houses. No longer do I see the beautiful green trees in the summer like I did when I was younger when I now drive past those areas today. Such a small area of land made such a large impact on me: I can feel the pain of people who want to see the Putnam trail preserved. You are the voice of the people, and this is the people's voice.

Signature # 1991

May 1, 2013
11:27am
Nancy Wu Manhattan, NY

Save the trail!

Signature # 1990

May 1, 2013
11:27am
Maggy Guzman Queens, NY

Please keep the Putnam Trail au naturale!

Signature # 1989

May 1, 2013
10:58am
sara levine Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1988

May 1, 2013
10:31am
Bob Gardner Manhattan, NY

I love hiking up there, don't pave over it!

Signature # 1987

May 1, 2013
10:31am
Deborah Oster Pannell Bronx, NY

Please save your money, stop the paving, and preserve this beautiful trail for all to enjoy...
PLEASE!!!!!

Signature # 1986

May 1, 2013
10:30am
Isabella Skovira Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1985

May 1, 2013
10:30am
Ed Dunn Brooklyn, NY

The Putnam Trail is great! Why would you change it?

Signature # 1984

May 1, 2013
10:30am
Emma Collins Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1983

May 1, 2013
10:30am
Kelly Fiebrandt Manhattan, NY

I love to hike.

Signature # 1982

May 1, 2013
10:30am
Samir Goel NY State Resident

SAVE THE PUTNAM TRAIL!

Signature # 1981

May 1, 2013
10:30am
Carina Garcia Manhattan, NY

Save the Putnam Trail!

Signature # 1980

May 1, 2013
10:30am
Kyle Butler Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1979

May 1, 2013
10:30am
Katy S Brooklyn, NY

Save the trail!

Signature # 1978

May 1, 2013
10:30am
Carlos Estevez Manhattan, NY

Paving the trail would take away its natural beauty.

Signature # 1977

May 1, 2013
8:08am
Sara Davis Manhattan, NY

I LOVE Van Cortlandt Park and the Putnam Trail is one of my favorite parts about it. Paving the trail would ruin it.

Signature # 1976

April 30, 2013
8:59pm
Sephora Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1975

April 30, 2013
7:18pm
Elvia Negron Bronx, NY

Stop we don't need, nor do we want another road...aren't you supposed to listen to the people! Well, listen...save the Putnam

Signature # 1974

April 30, 2013
6:47pm
Lara Gonzalez Brooklyn, NY

Please don't destroy this beautiful park! It's a refuge for us city dwellers.

Signature # 1973

April 30, 2013
6:08pm
Rachael Tucker Brooklyn, NY

Why destroy something so beautiful?

Signature # 1972

April 30, 2013
12:29pm
john Rogers Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1971

April 30, 2013
12:29pm
Dawn Conolly Bronx, NY

These are such beautiful trails. Why???

Signature # 1970

April 30, 2013
11:11am
joel hall Bronx, NY

I did not know they were going to start so soon we must stop them. What is jeff klein saying about this also jeff dinowitz and the other guy who always wants to be with Obama right next to him for a photo op they should all speak up.

Signature # 1969

April 30, 2013
10:40am
Riccel Kouns NY State Resident

Dear Ms. Quinn,
My name is Riccel Kouns. I am 17, a runner, and environmentalist. The Putnam Trail is like a second home to me. It has played a major role in my running career, linking Tibbets Brook Park to Van Cortlandt Park. This is the only trail that remains unpaved and I would like to keep it that way. Paving the trail would be detrimental to not only the runners, who prefer a soft ground, but also to the plants, the animals, and the overall atmosphere of the trail. Putting a gravel road on the trail destroys everything that is beautiful about that small path. I love the peacefulness, the quiet, the light pitter-patter of my feet upon the ground, and the occasional mud pile that I must work my way through. Please do not take away one of the greatest things that connects Yonkers to the Bronx. Please do not destroy a runner's haven. Please save the trail!

Thank you!

Signature # 1968

April 30, 2013
10:40am
Emily Fried Manhattan, NY

The Putnum Trail is one of the few trails we have left in NYC. Children and adults alike deserve and need the opportunity to escape the concrete city without having to spend a lot of money to travel far. There are so many paved bike paths here. Let our children explore and experience nature!

Signature # 1967

April 30, 2013
10:40am
Alexandra Sinacori Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1966

April 30, 2013
10:40am
Nora Chen NY State Resident

Undisturbed nature is going more and more precious each day. Please preserve the trail, and allow the community to keep benefiting from it.

Signature # 1965

April 30, 2013
10:40am
Magdalena Miszczak Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1964

April 30, 2013
10:40am
Sharon Bines Bronx, NY

My first experience in Van Cortlandt Park was at 13 with the Harlem Flight Kings. As an adult I learned of the various trails in the backhills, horse trail, backloop, and the hill for the die hard runner. My coach requested to have his ashes thrown in Van Cortlandt Park.

Signature # 1963

April 30, 2013
10:40am
Emily Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1962

April 30, 2013
10:40am
Kit Messick Queens, NY

Don't pave the trail! Conserve and protect our natural resources!

Signature # 1961

April 29, 2013
8:54pm
Rebecca Salame Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

This trail is so precious to our community, to visitors. It is a bit of nature for a walker or runner, a natural surface to jog/run/walk on beneath trees and amid wild green, let's keep it as it is, and bring some real nature, unhobbled by pavement and urbanization, into the 21st century with us, and, hopefully, beyond.

Signature # 1960

April 29, 2013
8:53pm
Janis Rozens Bronx, NY

Don't destroy the natural beauty of this trail!!!

Signature # 1959

April 29, 2013
8:53pm
Lee Abrams Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1958

April 29, 2013
8:53pm
Ian Srebnick Bronx, NY

Don't Pave the trail!

Signature # 1957

April 29, 2013
7:07pm
Martina Strecka Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

We LOVE the Putnam trail AS IS!!!! PLEASE LEAVE IT ALONE!!!

Signature # 1956

April 29, 2013
5:21pm
Joyce Halls NY State Resident

I've been running in my beloved Van Cortlandt since 1975. Currently I'm walking but I remember the railroad track when the tracks were still there. Please keep the park's natural beauty.

Signature # 1955

April 29, 2013
5:19pm
joey vajda Bronx, NY

Don't do this this will destroy the park we don't need that really!!!

Signature # 1954

April 29, 2013
1:14pm
Donna Jasmine Bronx, NY

As a newcomer to the Bronx area, I have just begun to explore the wooded beauty of Van Cortlandt Park and The Putnam Trail. Keep it natural, don't pave over the trail.

Signature # 1953

April 29, 2013
1:11pm
Ieva Rozens Bronx, NY

Why ruin something that is a perfect as it is? This trail is the most peaceful escape from the everyday chaos of city living and so accessible to all New Yorkers. The variety of trees, plants and wildlife would be totally destoyed if this project were to go through. Just last Saturday we observed a snapping turtle sunning himself by a pond, ducks, egrets, as well as masses of wildflowers - marsh marigolds and trout lilies which have taken years to acclimate and spread throughout the wooded areas. All this to be destroyed for a paved and widened road? Don't tamper with it!!

Signature # 1952

April 29, 2013
10:21am
Monica Robles Bronx, NY

I'm not happy to hear about this decision to ruin another neighborhood to add to the industrial chaos that narrows down the choices for our kids's healthy living. My customers are equally unhappy about this too. You'll hear from them too.

Signature # 1951

April 29, 2013
10:06am
cristina gaspar Bronx, NY

Please do not pave this trail, it would be the worst environmental offense, and make it the unhealthiest for runners and hikers.

Signature # 1950

April 28, 2013
11:30pm
Edwin Schottenstein Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1949

April 28, 2013
11:30pm
Diane Schottenstein Manhattan, NY

We thought the trail was damaged by Sandy but apparently they are destroying all the trees. This used to be a beautiful trail where you could feel you were far from the city in a very natural environment. This season it is so bare the golfers speak to you and you can see the cars on the highway. It is really sad and to think they want to pave it over is a travesty. Please reconsider the plan - who knows if the trees can ever be restored though.

Signature # 1948

April 28, 2013
10:38pm
Ginny Houston Bronx, NY

Please don't destroy this beautiful trail.
This treasure should be preserved for years to come.

Signature # 1947

April 28, 2013
10:38pm
Jacqueline Lhoumeau NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1946

April 28, 2013
8:35pm
Tiernan Shanley Bronx, NY

SAVE THIS!!!!!

Signature # 1945

April 28, 2013
8:35pm
Tim Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Exploring the forests in the Bronx was one of my best experiences while living in New York City last year. Please don't spend money tampering with them.

Signature # 1944

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Katie Carsky NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1943

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Owen Fisher NY State Resident

NO PAVEMENT! There are so many other problems that VCP faces that this money could be spent. Instead of paving why not extend the path south?

Signature # 1942

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Paul Manhattan, NY

Visit the Putnam Trail Chronicle - http://putnamtrailchronicle.blogspot.com

Signature # 1941

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Nava Simon Bronx, NY

I love the nature trail and the abundance of wildlife. Please don't destroy a beautiful and unique Bronx oasis!

Signature # 1940

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Katie Henry Bronx, NY

Stay natural !!

Signature # 1939

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Kyle King Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1938

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Yolynnette Sanchez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1937

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Anthony Reynoso Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1936

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Haysa Holguin Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 1935

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Richard Alonso NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1934

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Maria Sadil Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1933

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Andres Alvarez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1932

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Hal Fraser Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 1931

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Leila Chaitraim Manhattan, NY

All for an alternate plan :)

Signature # 1930

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Manuel Rodriguez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1929

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Francis Clark Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1928

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Donell Clark Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1927

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Cordoba Santiago Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1926

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Joel Olayarria Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1925

April 28, 2013
6:08pm
Francisco Montesino Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1924

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Nancy Escobar Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1923

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Kelly Munoz Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1922

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Alexander Sedano Bronx, NY

Hell no, we won't go.

Signature # 1921

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Yonit Yermish Sedano Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1920

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Gloria Rivera Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1919

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Amadita Andrade Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1918

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Jam Shakwi Bronx, NY

Keep the trail as natural as possible.

Signature # 1917

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Michael Velez Bronx, NY

Keep trail as is.

Signature # 1916

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Rojas Carlos Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1915

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Mrs. Tisha Daniels Bronx, NY

Keep the trail.

Signature # 1914

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Denise Watkins Bronx, NY

Keep the trail as it is.

Signature # 1913

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Cris Culetu Bronx, NY

Please don't pave the trail!

Signature # 1912

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Salathia Mack Bronx, NY

Please don't pave the trail!

Signature # 1911

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Kevin Bethel Bronx, NY

Save the trail.

Signature # 1910

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Mary Bethel Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1909

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Mellanie Springer Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1908

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Samuel Chesser Bronx, NY

Not urban - natural.

Signature # 1907

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
Rujin Tian Bronx, NY

Asphalt is not healthy for the ankles.

Signature # 1906

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
John Drey Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1905

April 28, 2013
6:07pm
James Bufano Bronx, NY

Do not pave the Putnam Trail please.

Signature # 1904

April 28, 2013
7:05am
Jill Petroski Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

When in Ny, I am constantly seeking green space. Putnam is an oasis in a concrete desert. Please preserve it. :)

Signature # 1903

April 27, 2013
8:59pm
Joe Solleres Bronx, NY

I ride my mountain bike through the trail.

Signature # 1902

April 27, 2013
8:59pm
Tyla Scott Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1901

April 27, 2013
8:59pm
Erma Hall Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1900

April 27, 2013
8:59pm
John Roselli Staten Island, NY

no message

Signature # 1899

April 27, 2013
8:59pm
Nicole McCarthy Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1898

April 27, 2013
8:59pm
Carlos Sanchez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1897

April 27, 2013
8:59pm
Betty Rivera Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1896

April 27, 2013
8:59pm
Calvin Wilson Bronx, NY

Keep organic.

Signature # 1895

April 27, 2013
8:59pm
Melissa Baker Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1894

April 27, 2013
8:59pm
Eastlyn Afriyu Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1893

April 27, 2013
8:59pm
Scott DeGarmo Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1892

April 27, 2013
8:59pm
Melissa Mendez Bronx, NY

Take walks with family and showed my students on a hiking trip recently.

Signature # 1891

April 27, 2013
8:59pm
Roberto Rodriguez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1890

April 27, 2013
8:59pm
Jannill Abreu Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1889

April 27, 2013
8:59pm
Joe Hunt Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1888

April 27, 2013
8:41pm
Natalie Carrasquillo Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1887

April 27, 2013
8:41pm
Alex Huster Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1886

April 27, 2013
8:41pm
Erika Gillette Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1885

April 27, 2013
8:41pm
Demitrie Ortiz Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1884

April 27, 2013
8:41pm
James Burke Bronx, NY

Thanks!

Signature # 1883

April 27, 2013
8:41pm
Margarita Burke Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1882

April 27, 2013
8:41pm
Catherine Slattery Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1881

April 27, 2013
8:41pm
Bob Sincrone Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1880

April 27, 2013
8:41pm
Karhmarit Fajardo Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1879

April 27, 2013
8:41pm
Lauren Soriano Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1878

April 27, 2013
8:41pm
Govanny Jimenez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1877

April 27, 2013
8:41pm
Grace Baidal Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1876

April 27, 2013
8:41pm
Luis Hernandez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1875

April 27, 2013
8:41pm
Maria Paulino Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1874

April 27, 2013
8:41pm
Mayerlin Miches Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1873

April 27, 2013
8:41pm
Nelson Orozco Bronx, NY

good work.

Signature # 1872

April 27, 2013
8:41pm
Rufino Arant Bronx, NY

Leave nature alone!

Signature # 1871

April 27, 2013
8:40pm
Rafael Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1870

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Melissa Capozzi Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1869

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Michael Perdomo Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1868

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Jonathan Perdomo Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1867

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Kathleen Brady Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1866

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Arshad Khan NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1865

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Stuart Macmee NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1864

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Jey Marc Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1863

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Beverly Campbell NY State Resident

Leave the trail alone

Signature # 1862

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Kristy Arias Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1861

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Nila Glibin Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 1860

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
E. Kitt Bronx, NY

Leave the trail.

Signature # 1859

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Annette Maldonado Bronx, NY

Leave the trail.

Signature # 1858

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Melissa Soto Bronx, NY

Leave the trail.

Signature # 1857

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Dorota Capinska Bronx, NY

Leave the trail.

Signature # 1856

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Nelson Arias Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Leave the trail.

Signature # 1855

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Adolfina Portorreal Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Leave the trail.

Signature # 1854

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Alberto Guerrero Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1853

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
H. Brady Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1852

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Carl Rock Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1851

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Nancy Alvarez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1850

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Tyler Maar Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1849

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Eileen McGillicuddy Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1848

April 27, 2013
8:15pm
Bernarda Ramirez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1847

April 27, 2013
8:03pm
Angela Lopez NY State Resident

We need more trees.

Signature # 1846

April 27, 2013
8:03pm
Amir Khan NY State Resident

No need for asphalt!

Signature # 1845

April 27, 2013
7:42pm
Marisol Flores Bronx, NY

Leave the rail.

Signature # 1844

April 27, 2013
6:42pm
Jessica Rodgers Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1843

April 27, 2013
6:42pm
Deborah Gorman Bronx, NY

leave the woods alone!!!!

Signature # 1842

April 27, 2013
6:42pm
Messer Gloria Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1841

April 27, 2013
6:42pm
Lev Vladimirsky Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1840

April 26, 2013
8:37am
Otto Hoering Manhattan, NY

Don't pave the trail. It's better un-paved.

Signature # 1839

April 25, 2013
10:14pm
Eva Mindrutiu Bronx, NY

This park is my morning coffee, nothing makes me feel better in the morning then a walk through Van Cortlandt Park, my runs on the trail saved me from cholesterol pills. The walk in it is a lifesaver. Don't destroy it with cement, leave it as nature wants it, leave this patch of nature untouched. Give this money to the poor instead.

Signature # 1838

April 25, 2013
10:13pm
Margaret Szoke Bronx, NY

I like walking on this trail, my knees were happy on this trail.

Signature # 1837

April 25, 2013
10:12pm
Oscar Mindrutiu Bronx, NY

We are supposed to go green people, not destroy it!

Signature # 1836

April 25, 2013
10:12pm
Allen Shifrin Bronx, NY

Keep the Putnam Trail the way it is. Asphalt is for city streets, not wild areas of parks.
It's hypocritical to plant trees on city streets and then cut them down in the city parks to make way for an asphalt paved road.

Signature # 1835

April 25, 2013
10:11pm
Michelle Brown Queens, NY

Save the trail!!

Signature # 1834

April 25, 2013
10:11pm
Kelly M. Caceres-Betancourt Manhattan, NY

Save the beauty of this trail, the trees and greenery that bloomed through the years and animals that inhabit this space.

Signature # 1833

April 25, 2013
10:10pm
Michelle Hussey Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1832

April 25, 2013
10:09pm
Robert Ciccone Bronx, NY

Leave the Putnam Trail as-is!

Signature # 1831

April 25, 2013
10:09pm
Desiree Salas Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1830

April 25, 2013
10:08pm
Michael Waldron Manhattan, NY

Pavement would conflict with the natural quality of the path with no real added benefit.

Signature # 1829

April 25, 2013
10:08pm
Ronnie Aurich Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1828

April 25, 2013
10:08pm
Luis Febus Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1827

April 25, 2013
10:07pm
Luke Driscoll Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1826

April 25, 2013
10:07pm
Howard C. Dwakan Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1825

April 25, 2013
10:07pm
Alexandra Nyashina Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1824

April 25, 2013
10:06pm
Ed Arroyo Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1823

April 25, 2013
10:06pm
Edward Dillon Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1822

April 25, 2013
10:06pm
Linda Dillon Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1821

April 25, 2013
10:05pm
Claudia De La Fe Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1820

April 25, 2013
10:05pm
Alfredo De la Fe Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1819

April 25, 2013
10:05pm
Michael Mdivani Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1818

April 25, 2013
10:04pm
Nina Chkareuli Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1817

April 25, 2013
10:04pm
Eduardo Hernandez Bronx, NY

I like it as it is. I walk, exercise and rest on the trail.

Signature # 1816

April 25, 2013
10:03pm
Sergio Ramirez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1815

April 25, 2013
10:03pm
Lucille Torres-Deas, MD Bronx, NY

No paving!

Signature # 1814

April 25, 2013
10:03pm
Gerardo Batista Bronx, NY

No paving.

Signature # 1813

April 25, 2013
10:03pm
Vach Formuca Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1812

April 25, 2013
10:02pm
John Maisano Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1811

April 25, 2013
10:02pm
Rafael Sanchez Bronx, NY

No tienen que hacer eso.

Signature # 1810

April 25, 2013
10:02pm
Lea Ceasune Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1809

April 25, 2013
10:01pm
Krystal Lynn Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1808

April 25, 2013
10:01pm
Miguel Duran Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1807

April 25, 2013
10:01pm
John Brandt Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1806

April 25, 2013
10:01pm
Erika Lazaro Bronx, NY

Don't cut the trees!

Signature # 1805

April 25, 2013
10:00pm
Jetzahel Alvarez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1804

April 25, 2013
10:00pm
Soledad Morales Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1803

April 25, 2013
9:58pm
Jesus Medina Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1802

April 25, 2013
9:58pm
Tim Chen Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1801

April 25, 2013
9:58pm
Jose Romero Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1800

April 25, 2013
9:58pm
Sheldon Derenoncourt Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1799

April 25, 2013
9:09pm
Jason Watt Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1798

April 25, 2013
9:09pm
Rene Natividad Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1797

April 25, 2013
9:08pm
James Donohoe Bronx, NY

No paving please.

Signature # 1796

April 25, 2013
9:08pm
Henry Gorayeb Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1795

April 25, 2013
9:08pm
Carlos Arcas Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1794

April 25, 2013
9:08pm
Daisy Taveras Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1793

April 25, 2013
9:08pm
George Kishore Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1792

April 25, 2013
9:07pm
Adriano Carvaino Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1791

April 25, 2013
9:07pm
Dara Lillis Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1790

April 25, 2013
9:07pm
Ricardo Betances Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1789

April 25, 2013
9:07pm
Tiffany Unharron Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1788

April 25, 2013
9:07pm
Izzat Izzat NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1787

April 25, 2013
9:06pm
Alex Swanson NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1786

April 25, 2013
9:06pm
Bruce J. Shockey Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1785

April 25, 2013
9:06pm
Sam Webb Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1784

April 25, 2013
9:06pm
Ruta Rozensweig Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1783

April 25, 2013
9:03pm
Eileen McNamee Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1782

April 25, 2013
9:03pm
Elvis Pjetrovic Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1781

April 25, 2013
9:03pm
Thomas Coudamanco NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1780

April 25, 2013
9:02pm
Gabriel Rodriguez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1779

April 25, 2013
9:02pm
Samuel Tablas Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1778

April 25, 2013
9:02pm
Maria Morazan Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1777

April 25, 2013
1:44pm
Mike McDonagh Bronx, NY

I end my runs on this trail, and it's a quiet way to end a long run through the streets. Just seems like a waste of what looks like a lot of money. Isn't there another way to allocate these funds?

Signature # 1776

April 25, 2013
1:43pm
Norah Torres Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1775

April 24, 2013
5:02pm
Jill Viola Manhattan, NY

There are so few trails available in the city environs. Please save this beautiful one from being paved over.

Signature # 1774

April 24, 2013
10:30am
Maria Diaz Bronx, NY

Please let's save animals and trees.

Signature # 1773

April 24, 2013
10:30am
Loretta Queens, NY

Let's stop making things worse.

Signature # 1772

April 23, 2013
4:13pm
Joanna Reyes NY State Resident

I've always loved hiking this trail. Please don't ruin it.

Signature # 1771

April 23, 2013
4:13pm
Maria Martinez Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 1770

April 23, 2013
3:28pm
Ana Ortiz NY State Resident

Don't kill the animals' home!!!!

Signature # 1769

April 23, 2013
1:47pm
Krystal Morel Bronx, NY

Save the park. It's a land mark of our area.

Signature # 1768

April 23, 2013
10:48am
roz radd Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1767

April 23, 2013
10:48am
dr. terry selbert Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1766

April 23, 2013
10:48am
dr. dan hamner Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1765

April 22, 2013
11:06pm
John Matteson Bronx, NY

I heartily support this petition, for the greater good of VCP and all those who use it.

Signature # 1764

April 22, 2013
3:37pm
Margaret Viera Bronx, NY

Nature has a right to live!

Signature # 1763

April 22, 2013
2:38pm
kathryn rivera Bronx, NY

Please leave the park alone, I have been going there since I was a kid. Now I take my son there, this place has so many memories and cherished moments I shared with my family.

Signature # 1762

April 21, 2013
10:00pm
Sereane Watkins-Flynn Bronx, NY

This is wrong, do not destroy our natural paths, do not change what is not broken.

Thank you,

Sereane

Signature # 1761

April 21, 2013
3:17pm
Sandra Sider Bronx, NY

From a homeowner and voter. Cementing the trail is one of the WORST proposals concerning our parks that I have seen in a long time.

Signature # 1760

April 21, 2013
3:17pm
margot jacqz Manhattan, NY

Repairing the trail is a fine idea. Further "improving" it as proposed is a fatal slice through the body of a great public park. This is one of the great walks in the city, creating a highway in it's place seems so very very unhealthy.

Signature # 1759

April 21, 2013
11:38am
Luis Perez Bronx, NY

I love strolling around Van Cortlandt Park on a regular, whether it's to lose some lbs or just enjoy the fresh air with my son. NY is covered in roads...there's not many areas which allow families to walk freely and just enjoy nature. Our main destination in Van Cortlandt Park is the Putnam Trail. You cannot destroy it.

Signature # 1758

April 21, 2013
11:37am
Christina lee Bronx, NY

Please do not destroy van cortlandt park for a paved road. Me and my family only live a few blocks away and we go to van cortlandt all the time and grew up going there. The parks natural state should resume and making the park better should not consist of removing trees and leaving animals homeless.

Signature # 1757

April 20, 2013
10:06pm
Tom Flynn Bronx, NY

We already have a massive water filtration project in the
park. Destroying 400 trees to pour cement does not make sense.

Signature # 1756

April 20, 2013
6:19pm
Erlin Daley Bronx, NY

The Bronx needs all the natural beauty it can get. As someone who suffers from tendinitis in the ankles from years of walking on pavement, I value natural surfaces.

Signature # 1755

April 20, 2013
6:19pm
James Rivera Bronx, NY

I'm okay with not paving.

Signature # 1754

April 20, 2013
6:18pm
Eddie Valiz Bronx, NY

No paving.

Signature # 1753

April 20, 2013
6:17pm
Heather May Bronx, NY

No paving instead maintain nature!

Signature # 1752

April 20, 2013
6:17pm
Attila Kovacs Bronx, NY

No paving please

Signature # 1751

April 20, 2013
6:17pm
Francisco Gotiemie Bronx, NY

No paving please

Signature # 1750

April 20, 2013
6:17pm
Sandra Gordon Bronx, NY

Please leave park as is!

Signature # 1749

April 20, 2013
6:17pm
M. Calef Bronx, NY

Leave natural.

Signature # 1748

April 20, 2013
6:16pm
Nina Oksmon Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1747

April 20, 2013
6:16pm
Bella Spencer Bronx, NY

Do not pave it.

Signature # 1746

April 20, 2013
6:16pm
Sheldi Hirschuber Bronx, NY

Please don't pave.

Signature # 1745

April 20, 2013
6:16pm
Colleen Keifer Bronx, NY

Please don't pave it.

Signature # 1744

April 20, 2013
6:15pm
Lenka Sonirava Brooklyn, NY

Please don't pave it.

Signature # 1743

April 20, 2013
6:15pm
Anthony Yashin Bronx, NY

No, don't pave it please.

Signature # 1742

April 20, 2013
6:15pm
Faimira Kastrat Bronx, NY

Keep as natural as possible. I come here all the time as my favorite place.

Signature # 1741

April 20, 2013
6:15pm
Zikrullah Choudhury Bronx, NY

Please no paving.

Signature # 1740

April 20, 2013
6:14pm
Gabor Zsiga Bronx, NY

Please don't pave

Signature # 1739

April 20, 2013
6:14pm
Marla Mark Bronx, NY

Please do not pave.

Signature # 1738

April 20, 2013
6:14pm
Erika Reyes Bronx, NY

Don't pave.

Signature # 1737

April 20, 2013
6:14pm
Timothy Lim Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1736

April 20, 2013
6:13pm
Sherie Lem Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1735

April 20, 2013
6:13pm
Christine Stack NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1734

April 20, 2013
6:13pm
Ronald Shruck Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1733

April 20, 2013
11:48am
Shaylynn Raphaelito Brooklyn, NY

Save the Putnam Trail! Please make improvements without the pavement and loss of trees.

Signature # 1732

April 20, 2013
10:26am
Michelle Bronx, NY

Please do not pave the trail. I am a bike rider as well as a lover of birds. I enjoy the tree cover. At a time when the city is promoting more trees. Why are we losing ours

Signature # 1731

April 20, 2013
10:26am
David Karopkin Brooklyn, NY

Across the city green spaces are being used in ways which impact NYC's urban wildlife. We must preserve our green spaces and co-exist with the animals that still share our limited green spaces in this concrete jungle

Signature # 1730

April 19, 2013
6:34pm
Susan Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1729

April 19, 2013
9:40am
amanda Bronx, NY

What should be done is a traffic light or stop sign so kids can cross safely on their way to the park

Signature # 1728

April 18, 2013
9:58pm
Thomas Cleary NY State Resident

I have been running the Xcountry trail for years, as a Bronx and now a Yonkers resident. The joy, contentment and serenity that it has provided is priceless. I am very saddened to hear of the proposal to cut down over 400 trees that will decimate this beautiful urban oasis

Signature # 1727

April 18, 2013
2:33pm
judith gitlin Bronx, NY

We need MORE not less green for psychological, physical and emotional needs!

Signature # 1726

April 18, 2013
10:22am
Douglas Knepper Bronx, NY

Don't pave paradise and put up a tacky road. The Putnam Trail is one of the best (rather) raw nature scenes in NYC. Please keep it that way.

Signature # 1725

April 17, 2013
3:04pm
C Green Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1724

April 16, 2013
10:15am
Jimmy Traill Bronx, NY

If it aint broke don't fix it. Don't ruin the most historic park in the Bronx.

Signature # 1723

April 15, 2013
10:40pm
steven paredes Bronx, NY

i love van court-land park

Signature # 1722

April 15, 2013
3:35pm
Eberardo Burgos Bronx, NY

Do not mess up the putnam trail. Many of us use it for different reasons. I use it to run and get in shape for my fights. Leave it as it it, no one wants it to change.

Signature # 1721

April 15, 2013
10:47am
Joan Klavan Bronx, NY

I have been a birdwatcher for 30 years and have spent many hours on the trail with others enjoying the unspoiled areas along the trail. Paving the trail would be a disaster for those of us who enjoy the peace and quiet of this beautiful part of the Bronx.

Signature # 1720

April 15, 2013
10:47am
Michael Gierer Bronx, NY

i head to the woods to avoid concrete

Signature # 1719

April 15, 2013
9:22am
william Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1718

April 15, 2013
8:45am
Tarek Salib Brooklyn, NY

Do not pave the trail

Signature # 1717

April 15, 2013
8:45am
Luis Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1716

April 15, 2013
8:45am
Amanda Bronx, NY

SAVE IT.

Signature # 1715

April 14, 2013
11:47pm
Christopher Putnam NY State Resident

We only have so many sacred places left, we should honor Teddy Roosevelt's dream of conservation and save this gift for our children.

Signature # 1714

April 14, 2013
6:39pm
Deirdre Ali Bronx, NY

Save the Putnam Trail!

Signature # 1713

April 14, 2013
5:42pm
Sadia Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1712

April 14, 2013
9:41am
Frank J Barker Manhattan, NY

I do not want to see the beautiful trails at Van Cortlandt Park expanded or paved over. Please maintain them in their current form.

Signature # 1711

April 13, 2013
10:04pm
Mashood B Badshah Bronx, NY

I run on that track everyday and this project will ruin the whole natural beauty of the park.

Signature # 1710

April 13, 2013
10:03pm
Jim Lenaghan Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please save this trail, which is a marvelous running and walking site.

Signature # 1709

April 13, 2013
8:15pm
Alba Vivar Bronx, NY

Preserve the trail. Leave Van Cortlandt Park alone.

Signature # 1708

April 12, 2013
5:51pm
christine issaq Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1707

April 12, 2013
1:21pm
Paula Gloria Barton Manhattan, NY

Save that trail please. It is the will of the people not those who get 40% Federal Funding. Please look at the books to resolve this problem for the Will of the people if organized is greater than money which is not even there on our credit system.

Signature # 1706

April 11, 2013
8:01pm
Laura Summerhill Brooklyn, NY

I train for the NYC marathon on the Putnam trail because it is easier on the legs. Please to do not pave any more of it.

Signature # 1705

April 11, 2013
6:13pm
Sean O'Donnghaile Queens, NY

I first walked the trail as a freshman at Manhattan College in 1995. Shallow aesthetic concerns of the moment in the mold of the Highline should not be served at the expense of this historically valuable resource.

Signature # 1704

April 11, 2013
6:13pm
Michael Kelly Bronx, NY

Why destroy something that is perfect the way it is!

Signature # 1703

April 11, 2013
6:12pm
Kathy Witte Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1702

April 11, 2013
6:12pm
Joan Mulvihill Bronx, NY

Leave the trail alone!

Signature # 1701

April 11, 2013
6:12pm
E foley Manhattan, NY

Please preserve a refuge in our concrete jungle!

Signature # 1700

April 11, 2013
12:01pm
Salim Rahman Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1699

April 11, 2013
12:01pm
Lauren Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1698

April 11, 2013
11:05am
Greg Moss Bronx, NY

This is historic....dont change a thing.

Signature # 1697

April 11, 2013
9:57am
randy savitt Queens, NY

It should always be green. Bicycles always have their space on streets. Parks should always be left alone except to expand.

Signature # 1696

April 11, 2013
12:16am
Theresa Chaze Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1695

April 11, 2013
12:16am
yoni harris NY State Resident

save it!

Signature # 1694

April 11, 2013
12:16am
Marcelo Benavides Bronx, NY

Leave our park alone. Use those tax dollars to feed, shelter or train the homeless, disabled and elderly.

Signature # 1693

April 10, 2013
11:14pm
Laura Bautista Bronx, NY

Don't destroy the quality of our air.

Signature # 1692

April 10, 2013
10:05pm
Honorah Routledge NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1691

April 10, 2013
10:04pm
lin bliss Bronx, NY

Take away the only nature experience in Riverdale? Yeah, that's smart! smh

Signature # 1690

April 10, 2013
10:04pm
kat Bronx, NY

pavement in parks doesn't even make sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Signature # 1689

April 10, 2013
10:03pm
Fran Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1688

April 10, 2013
10:03pm
Patricia Darby Bronx, NY

This cannot be done. The Bronx and the city needs Van Cortlandt park. The park cannot be touched.

Signature # 1687

April 10, 2013
9:09pm
Amy Bronx, NY

Don't do it please!!!

Signature # 1686

April 10, 2013
9:09pm
Tiffany espino Manhattan, NY

Please do not destroy the only few parks we have left it is unfair to the environment, animals who live on the trail and people who enjoy this natural trail! Let it be!

Signature # 1685

April 10, 2013
8:07pm
Evan Smith Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1684

April 10, 2013
6:48pm
allison Bronx, NY

Do not destroy the magnificence of Van Cortlandt, it is a gem within our neighborhood. Leave the Putnam Trail alone and preserve the natural beauty, history, and memories of Van Cortlandt park for generations to come.

Signature # 1683

April 10, 2013
1:59pm
Jorge Bronx, NY

please save our park.
thank you

Signature # 1682

April 10, 2013
12:46pm
Shafin Ahmed Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1681

April 10, 2013
11:35am
Rosanna Shkreli NY State Resident

I currently live in yonkers and prefer Van Cortlandt Park over Tibbett's Brook Park. It's not as adventurous or fun as VCP. I love all the nature at VCP especially the pretty birds and greenery.

Signature # 1680

April 10, 2013
11:34am
Carlene Rummery Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1679

April 10, 2013
11:33am
I Medina Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Save the trails where I grew up riding my bike.

Signature # 1678

April 10, 2013
11:33am
Kristina Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1677

April 10, 2013
11:33am
Rosie Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1676

April 10, 2013
11:32am
Nadeem Bronx, NY

This park is the best part of Riverdale it's the largest natural park in the city. I think to change it's natural beauty would be a horrible idea

Signature # 1675

April 10, 2013
11:32am
Melvin mayo Bronx, NY

Do not destroy van cortlandt park. This is a historic park, that has a lot of history for the bronx. A lot of kids grew up n this park including myself.

Signature # 1674

April 10, 2013
11:31am
Kerry Armstrong Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1673

April 10, 2013
11:31am
Josefina Garcia Manhattan, NY

Van Cortlandt Park is one of the last precious natural landscapes. This park is one with vast memories for many members for the 5 Boros. Please don't destroy this park family gathers and sport are played here for many generations.

Signature # 1672

April 10, 2013
11:31am
Rebecca Bronx, NY

Do not pave the path!

Signature # 1671

April 10, 2013
11:30am
Kat Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1670

April 10, 2013
11:30am
Jessica Caro Bronx, NY

Leave the Putnam trail alone. Stop wasting tax payer money on nonsense like this & use it to actually fix things that need fixing, like the million potholes that need to be filled.

Signature # 1669

April 10, 2013
11:29am
Veronica Bronx, NY

The Putnum Trail is one of the few trails we have where we run, jog, feel like you are out of the city and explore the wilderness. I was raised in this area and have fond memories here and hope my daughter will be able to appreciate the whole feel. It will be devastating if you even touch one tree here because everyone has a life and purpose here.

Signature # 1668

April 10, 2013
11:29am
Maura Probst Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1667

April 10, 2013
11:29am
Jose Fernandez Bronx, NY

I grew up playing sports of all kind in van cortlandt park, from soccer to baseball, to high school cross country and track and would hate to see some of it destroyed for development that destroys the great trails and wildlife.

Signature # 1666

April 10, 2013
11:28am
Jennifer McGrath Bronx, NY

Growing up in the Bronx does not allow for much time with nature. I remember hiking and running along the Putnam Trail as a child. This was my only chance to get outside and off of the concrete. I would hate to see that ruined for future generations.

Signature # 1665

April 10, 2013
11:28am
Maria Shkreli Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1664

April 10, 2013
11:28am
Dila Bucaj Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1663

April 10, 2013
11:28am
Jana Martin Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1662

April 10, 2013
11:27am
Kenyatta Simpson Manhattan, NY

I think that it would be a disrespect to nature to teat the trail down. Think of the healthy nature walks, the animals that have their home there, the beautiful trees that grow in that area. It would be a crime to hurt a living thing!!!

Signature # 1661

April 9, 2013
11:44pm
Christine Perez Bronx, NY

Grew up in Van Cortlandt Park...

Signature # 1660

April 9, 2013
11:44pm
justin jung Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1659

April 9, 2013
11:44pm
Michael J Velazquez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1658

April 9, 2013
11:43pm
joanna marie Bronx, NY

Save the bird habitat! Nature paths should not be paved. Paving would mess with the natural eco system that many species currently thrive on. This park is a true gem in our urban environment. Green areas in NYC are growing less and less each year. I enjoy the natural NATURE paths every day.

Signature # 1657

April 9, 2013
11:43pm
Stephen Day Manhattan, NY

Ran here dozens of times. Would hate to see it be gone!

Signature # 1656

April 9, 2013
11:43pm
Olsa Ndreu NY State Resident

Keep parks natural.

Signature # 1655

April 9, 2013
11:42pm
Gianluca Casapietra Manhattan, NY

Keep the trail how it is!!

Signature # 1654

April 9, 2013
11:42pm
Michelle Conley Bronx, NY

I have been running for years on the Putnam Trail and would be very upset to see it be ruined by cement.

Signature # 1653

April 9, 2013
11:42pm
Mika Bronx, NY

Save the park

Signature # 1652

April 9, 2013
10:03pm
mary courtney Bronx, NY

Please stop this new construction and stop with the waste of tax payer money. Van Cortlandt Park is beautiful so why mess it up with this insane project.

Signature # 1651

April 9, 2013
10:02pm
Kevin Routledge Bronx, NY

Natural paths! Asphalt trails are not needed! The money should be spent in other areas. Its a shame that the "Friends of Van Cortlandt" have not taken the correct stance on this issue. No "friend" of mine.

Signature # 1650

April 9, 2013
10:01pm
Beth Higgins Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1649

April 9, 2013
10:01pm
Trey Manhattan, NY

Please leave the hiking trails of NYC parks alone, for those of us who love and appreciate them.

Signature # 1648

April 9, 2013
5:03pm
Daniela Velazquez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1647

April 9, 2013
5:02pm
rachel Bronx, NY

I would like to keep enjoying Van Cortlandt Park as near to its 'natural' state as possible and wish future generations to find so much solace in VC as i do.

Signature # 1646

April 9, 2013
3:08pm
Frank Wassner Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Paving the Putnam Trail with asphalt is counter to all that Van Cortlandt Park is all about. The vast majority of trails in the park are stone-dust or dirt surface. Any vehicle that rides on asphalt will also run perfectly on stone-dust. This is not a squishy soft surface, but a firm yet giving one that will easily support even bicycles with narrow tires, wheelchairs, and baby strollers.

A stone-dust surface allows the earth beneath to breathe and absorb moisture. Asphalt smothers the earth beneath it, and any water trapped under the pavement during freeze cycles eventually leads to "frost heaves" which breaks the asphalt.

Cutting away hundreds of trees to widen the path will damage the trail forever. Once paved, it will never return to its original beauty.
New York does not need another asphalt pathway. We need to preserve the natural resources we still have!

Signature # 1645

April 9, 2013
3:08pm
Grecia Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1644

April 9, 2013
2:30pm
Andrea Mendelsohn Manhattan, NY

urban trails are essential for good quality of life!

Signature # 1643

April 9, 2013
1:07pm
Tevon Bronx, NY

I've lived in the Bronx all my life, and if anything we need more places like this. Not less.

Signature # 1642

April 9, 2013
1:07pm
sandra NY State Resident

I love van cortlandt park

Signature # 1641

April 9, 2013
12:35pm
E. Chan Bronx, NY

This city needs to preserve the few green spaces that are left. Do not destroy or trees. Do not destroy our dirt paths. Do not destroy the nature trail. What people really want is nature to be kept natural.

Signature # 1640

April 9, 2013
12:35pm
Susan Keith Manhattan, NY

There are other bike trails. Please save this urban walking trail.

Signature # 1639

April 9, 2013
11:54am
Djelena Blair Bronx, NY

PLEASE do not destroy our beautiful park! We love spending time on the trail in the spring, summer and fall.

Signature # 1638

April 9, 2013
10:47am
Hope Goodell Bronx, NY

My husband, son and I love walking along the dirt path that is the current Putnam Trail. It is one of the very few places near our neighborhood that allows us to feel like we really get far away from the noise and cement of the city. We love the path-- my 18-month old son picks up twigs, stomps in mud, examines tree roots crossing the path. To see the character of the path changed by paving it over would be extremely sad-- a huge loss for my family, for the community, and for The Bronx. I STRONGLY urge you to preserve the Trail in its current state rather than paving over it. We have plenty of other paved things in this city. Leave the Trail as it is now. It's beautiful.

Signature # 1637

April 9, 2013
10:46am
Elis Forni Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1636

April 9, 2013
10:46am
Abby Lester Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1635

April 9, 2013
8:41am
Elsie Rivera Bronx, NY

Please save our walking trails. This park belongs to us the people of the neighborhood.

Signature # 1634

April 9, 2013
8:41am
Carlos Manhattan, NY

Please, do not touch one of the most natural beautiful place in New York City.

Signature # 1633

April 9, 2013
8:39am
Janelle NY State Resident

Save the Putnam Trail and the wildlife/ecosystems reliant on that area!

Signature # 1632

April 9, 2013
8:39am
Michael Weber Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1631

April 9, 2013
8:38am
Evelyn Priego Bronx, NY

We should stop paving everything and preserve more of our environment!!

Signature # 1630

April 9, 2013
8:37am
Diana Febrez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1629

April 9, 2013
12:27am
Carla Bronx, NY

Please do not destroy the Putnam Trail, it is one of the city's most natural places to visit. I have trained for marathons on this trail, as well as visited to breathe in some fresh air! To destroy it would be a disservice to the community of the Bronx and the larger New York City area!

Signature # 1628

April 8, 2013
11:58pm
Amand Bronx, NY

I enjoy my hikes with my dog and boyfriend on the Putnam Trail. It is the only place in the area that allows us to get away from the city life and experience nature. Destroying this path will not only break the hearts of those that treasure this path, but it will also destroy the home to thousands of animals and plants. We already live in a concrete jungle, please don't add to it. We need MORE places like this park, not fewer of them...

Signature # 1627

April 8, 2013
11:58pm
Hugo Bronx, NY

Please, keep our parks.

Signature # 1626

April 8, 2013
11:58pm
Peter G Pereira Manhattan, NY

keep it natural

Signature # 1625

April 8, 2013
11:57pm
Joshua S. Muñoz Bronx, NY

Please do not destroy the trail. We need areas like this that only through nature we can have

Signature # 1624

April 8, 2013
11:57pm
Ricardo R Rodriguez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1623

April 8, 2013
11:57pm
Dignangely Jimenez Bronx, NY

I am in favor of preserving the nature of the trail. Please do not destroy one of the most beautify nature we have in this area. Preserve it so we will not all regret it. Love this area. Save the trail!!! Save the trees. Save nature!! Thank you.

Signature # 1622

April 8, 2013
9:16pm
Melissa Tracy Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1621

April 8, 2013
9:16pm
shana Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1620

April 8, 2013
9:16pm
Marilyn Diamond Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1619

April 8, 2013
7:34pm
cherie yanek Brooklyn, NY

Please preserve the trail - I love running on dirt trails and we don't need any more pavement.

Signature # 1618

April 8, 2013
7:34pm
Dina Pressano Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1617

April 8, 2013
5:44pm
Anna Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1616

April 8, 2013
4:14pm
Iqra Fakhruddin Bronx, NY

Killing off more trees in a place like the Bronx will do no good for our already polluted air. Disrupting the natural ecosystem will not be good for us humans, nor will it be good for the animals and plants that have created a home there. Why spend so much money killing off something so beautiful, and something that the local residents don't even want to get rid of?!

Signature # 1615

April 8, 2013
4:14pm
Maha Fakhruddin Bronx, NY

I grew up going to this park everyday during the summer time! Save the trail!

Signature # 1614

April 8, 2013
4:13pm
Anna Shulman Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1613

April 8, 2013
2:15pm
Katheine Hamilton Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1612

April 8, 2013
1:59pm
Celia Dubin Bronx, NY

Green areas are important for not only recreational use but for physical and emotional well-being. Keep the park open and the save the trails!

Signature # 1611

April 8, 2013
1:58pm
Siobhan Brchnel Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1610

April 8, 2013
1:47pm
Neem Dewji NY State Resident

Please save this trail!

Signature # 1609

April 8, 2013
1:39pm
Tom Fuller Bronx, NY

The mindlessness if astounding. relatively new resident of the neighborhood--the park is a jewel. we've enough asphalt all around us. leave the putnam trail as it is!

Signature # 1608

April 8, 2013
1:38pm
olga eremeyev Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1607

April 8, 2013
1:25pm
margarita Bronx, NY

Hello, I found out that my original signature didn't go through so I'm trying again. Between my first signature and now I've talked to many people about this issue by spreading flyers in the kingsbridge, riverdale and yonkers areas, so I have something to add to my original message. Of the hundreds of people that i talked to, I met only FOUR people who were actually aware that pavement is being planned. THE COMMUNITY CANNOT HAVE AN OPINION ON THE ISSUE IF THE COMMUNITY DOESN'T KNOW ABOUT IT. SPREAD THE WORD! LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT IS BEING PLANNED FOR THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD! DON'T BE AFRAID TO TALK TO PEOPLE ON THE STREET- WE ARE ALL NEIGHBORS. WE NEED TO SHARE THIS INFORMATION.
I will also say this about pavement- paving the trail will invite people on mopeds, who already like to ride on the paved parts of the VC park parade grounds. Note that they do NOT like to ride on the paths that have stone dust. Paving the trail will lead to lots of people on mopeds which will lead to ACCIDENTS on the trail.

Signature # 1606

April 8, 2013
1:25pm
Joel Gultz Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Formally from The Bronx. Don't do this to VC Park. Spent many a days there enjoying the park and The Putnam Line in the 1960's.

Signature # 1605

April 8, 2013
1:25pm
Debra Margolin Bronx, NY

I am Bronx born and bred. I can think of so many other projects more deserving of funding than paving the Putnam Trail. Leave the Trail the way it is, and use the funds for more appropriate projects. And please elected officials - remember, we all vote!

Signature # 1604

April 8, 2013
1:24pm
cynthia rodriguez Bronx, NY

Van Cortlandt is a much needed escape from the asphalt of the city streets. Do NOT use our city resources to destroy something in the name of 'improvement'.

Signature # 1603

April 8, 2013
12:20pm
Frank Shannon Bronx, NY

Don't fix what's not broken, and don't spend taxpayer dollars that don't need to be spent.

Signature # 1602

April 8, 2013
12:10pm
anna walko Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1601

April 8, 2013
12:10pm
Pamela ShamirBronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1600

April 8, 2013
12:10pm
Eric Rightmyer Bronx, NY

Please focus on conserving wildlife instead of gentrifying it.

Signature # 1599

April 8, 2013
10:57am
Danielle Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1598

April 8, 2013
10:56am
Clea Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1597

April 8, 2013
10:56am
Carly Newhouse Bronx, NY

Save the trees!

Signature # 1596

April 8, 2013
10:56am
Amy Kline Bronx, NY

Please save our park and wildlife! Van Cortlandt Park is a treasure and a resource for our community.

Signature # 1595

April 8, 2013
10:55am
Betsey Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1594

April 8, 2013
10:55am
Bababunmi Adelana Bronx, NY

Do not destroy parts of Van Cortlandt nature preserve just for sake of saving a small amount money in the short term but a larger continuous amount in the long term.

Signature # 1593

April 8, 2013
10:55am
Christine Cyriacks Bronx, NY

Please don't pave over. There is already so little wildlife.

Signature # 1592

April 8, 2013
10:54am
Perla Rodriguez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1591

April 8, 2013
10:54am
Ada Belanger Bronx, NY

It's so important to protect our wild spaces. I urge to reject the proposal to pave over the trail. Thank you.

Signature # 1590

April 8, 2013
10:54am
Sarah Stevenson Bronx, NY

I am actually a cyclist and runner, so understand the desire for cycling options, but this is not the place to pave -- it is a rare and wonderful resource that should be saved.

Signature # 1589

April 8, 2013
10:53am
Inocencia Olivo Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1588

April 8, 2013
9:16am
Vironika Osminina Bronx, NY

Please do not destroy one of the few natural oasis this city has remaining! It would take away not only from the beauty of the park, but from the quality of life enjoyed by those who live near the park, and those who visit it! Thank you.

Signature # 1587

April 8, 2013
9:16am
Abram Korsunsky Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1586

April 8, 2013
9:15am
Jennifer Unter Bronx, NY

Please do not pave the Putnam Trail!

Signature # 1585

April 8, 2013
9:15am
lauren milazzo Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1584

April 8, 2013
9:14am
Maria Bronx, NY

Is nothing sacred anymore?! We have enough concrete all over this city, leave our parks to their natural beauty!

Signature # 1583

April 8, 2013
7:07am
Chloe glare Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1582

April 7, 2013
11:34pm
Felicita Gonzalez Queens, NY

The trail is the little slice of real nature in a modern city. LEAVE IT BE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS!

Signature # 1581

April 7, 2013
11:34pm
Melany Pina Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1580

April 7, 2013
11:33pm
David Haskell Bronx, NY

Van Cortlandt Park is a rare gem in this city and paving over a portion of the park, cutting down trees, and diluting the air quality are neither in the best interest of the community at large or the people that frequent the park. I urge you to leave this wonderful park as its community wants it - clean, natural, and a quiet refuge from the city around it.

Signature # 1579

April 7, 2013
8:50pm
Sergei Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1578

April 7, 2013
5:30pm
Nicole Pagan Bronx, NY

So many people come to enjoy the beauty and nature of this park, please don't take it away from us!

Signature # 1577

April 7, 2013
5:30pm
Domenick Acocella Bronx, NY

The Putnam Trail's fine, what's left of the original, as it is. Please leave the Putnam Trail alone. Road cyclists have enough, and we pedestrians are running out of, space in which to play. Indeed, there are plenty of bike lanes -- which need to be painted more clearly in the Bronx, so there's a nice way to put people to work if work is what this is about -- along the miles and miles of road for cyclists. And -- just to make the case better -- those trees the planned action is intent on removing help maintain what little breathable air there is in the Bronx. The Putnam Trail is fine as it is; leave the trail alone. Thank you.

Signature # 1576

April 7, 2013
5:30pm
Alec Magnet Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1575

April 7, 2013
5:29pm
David Speights Manhattan, NY

Think what would happen if the proposal were to pave two acres of Central Park. It seems to me that the City targets what they believe to be poorly organized communities to plant their boondoggles that really benefit few but the politically-connected contractors. Look at what happened to the Mosholu Golf Course also in Van Cortlandt Park. How many years over time estimate and how much over budget. Do not listen to the jobs, jobs, jobs rhetoric of the labor unions. Find out first how many people from the neighborhood have actually been hired as workers. This is a beautiful park, a gem, only 25 minutes from Manhattan. Please listen to the community and the people who use and love the park as it is, not the special interest groups who would compromise the integrity and beauty of this park for some unspoken motivations.

Signature # 1574

April 7, 2013
5:27pm
Sarah Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1573

April 7, 2013
3:18pm
Spencer Carroll Manhattan, NY

Please continue to save the environment - and our ability to be nourished from it - and do not waste any more City money by leaving the Putnam Trail just as it is to be maintained by those who love it and use it.

Signature # 1572

April 6, 2013
10:33pm
michael Bronx, NY

Don't want these woods to go. They have been a part of my life, they should go to the next generation

Signature # 1571

April 6, 2013
5:14pm
Ralph Ferrara NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1570

April 5, 2013
8:02pm
christian liriano Bronx, NY

i spend my time cataloging the biodiversity of this park! theres rare species! dont do this!

Signature # 1569

April 5, 2013
8:02pm
ingrid Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1568

April 5, 2013
9:25am
Janet Gottlieb Brooklyn, NY

The efforts by the "Bike the Bronx" group, folks who are clearly motivated by their wish to zip through Van Cortlandt Park on their bikes, by citing the needs of wheelchair users and stroller pushers (seriously) are disturbing to me. The Putnam Trail has a backwoods character, mud and all, which must be retained.

Signature # 1567

April 3, 2013
6:43pm
kim licalzi Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1566

April 2, 2013
11:59am
Denis Green Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1565

April 2, 2013
11:02am
Steven Waldon Brooklyn, NY

Just save the damn trail already!

Signature # 1564

April 2, 2013
11:01am
Bill Carpenter Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Trail runner here. Do you really want to pave everything in NYC? I come here several times a year. This will be much less of an attraction if paved.

Signature # 1563

April 1, 2013
4:18pm
Leslie Boden Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1562

April 1, 2013
3:05pm
Elizabeth Quint Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1561

April 1, 2013
10:49am
christina read Manhattan, NY

Asphalt is only good for bikes/cars.
Runners and walkers should come first.
Biking is a sport in these terms, and should not be privileged on public land.

Signature # 1560

April 1, 2013
9:47am
william Gillies Manhattan, NY

NYC Parks Department - Please leave the historic Putnam Trail alone. What the NYC Parks Dept really needs to do is put new black top down on the roads in Central Park as they are littered with potholes. Also please put new dirt and cover all the pot holes on the bridal path. If you want I will give you a helping hand. Once you have done both these things the hard working tax payers of New York will thank you for adding value.

Signature # 1559

March 29, 2013
3:38pm
Steven L. Thomaschek Queens, NY

Do not alter the Putnam Trail. Leave it the way it was meant to be.

Signature # 1558

March 29, 2013
11:05am
Patricia Ferguson Manhattan, NY

Please don't destroy this natural beauty

Signature # 1557

March 29, 2013
11:05am
Kevin NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1556

March 28, 2013
7:51am
Rhonda avre Bronx, NY

Please don't pave the pathway

Signature # 1555

March 27, 2013
12:00pm
Dorothy Hanley Manhattan, NY

Save the Putnam Trail !!

Signature # 1554

March 27, 2013
11:41am
Paul Schulman Manhattan, NY

Paving over the path diminishes the natural beauty of the path and invites high speed vehicles that would endanger and bother walkers and joggers.

Signature # 1553

March 27, 2013
11:41am
Julia Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1552

March 27, 2013
11:41am
Jacayra Reyes Bronx, NY

Please save the natural pathway of Van Cortlandt Park's golf course!!!

Signature # 1551

March 23, 2013
5:40pm
dan young NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1550

March 23, 2013
8:38am
Anne Kner Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1549

March 21, 2013
4:13pm
Linda Manhattan, NY

Mayor Bloomberg has been an active advocate of tree planting in NYC's 5 boroughs, so why ever would he agree to replacing trees with pavement to a nature trail in Van Cortlandt Park? NYC needs all the green, not gray space, it can get! And, when it's already there why destroy it!?

Signature # 1548

March 21, 2013
4:12pm
Paula Gloria Manhattan, NY

I would like to offer my public access timeslot to promote your cause. I would like to video tape a meeting of the organizers at the address on your website. This would look nice, like not just a bunch of scruffy people who want this trail saved. If the Manhattan audience understood the money trail behind this, your problem would be over and the Parks Department would back off. We just have to present it to the public in an elegant manner.

Signature # 1547

March 21, 2013
11:03am
Robert Harrington Bronx, NY

Keep the trail as is.

Signature # 1546

March 20, 2013
9:43pm
Elly Bilek-Psathas Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1545

March 20, 2013
6:36pm
mark heller Manhattan, NY

Please save the Putnam Trail. In defiance of dumb judgment. Do not destroy this beautiful urban oasis. The Putnam Trail is home away from home for many locals, walkers, runners, cyclists and children who use the trail daily. It would be a real eye sore and disruption to the trail's natural beauty to widen it, use concrete, or any other materials. Leave it alone!!!!!! Vanny and the trail blend perfectly. Very few things in life do. The Putnam Trail is fine as long as its not tampered with. Let future generations enjoy the trail's natural history. Mark Heller, co-founder indefiance series, runner, triathlete.  I have raced in vanny since i was 12 years old. It's one of my favorite places in the world.

Signature # 1544

March 20, 2013
6:32pm
eva medina hingle Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Save The Putnam Trail!!!!!! We can do this.
Love Eva

Signature # 1543

March 20, 2013
2:12pm
Monica McKane-Sanchez Manhattan, NY

Please keep this area in a natural state. It is better for the health of walkers and joggers, plus we cannot lose any more trees in the city.

Signature # 1542

March 19, 2013
12:37am
Dorothy Bardin Manhattan, NY

Please do not destroy the beauty of the Putnam Trail.

Signature # 1541

March 18, 2013
6:43pm
Mary Serri Bronx, NY

Keep the Putnam Trail for all the hikers and nature lovers to enjoy. Do Not Pave

Signature # 1540

March 18, 2013
6:05pm
Juerg Bandle Manhattan, NY

I fully support the effort, preventing the City from paving the Putnam trail.

Signature # 1539

March 18, 2013
9:03am
Jeff Galloway Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I commend those who are working to preserve the Putnam Trail. Having run for over 55 years and run around the world I realized that only those communities that set aside trail space will have a lasting legacy for future generations. A community with trails is a richer community in health, fitness, beauty of nature and direction connection to our ancient roots.

Jeff Galloway
US Olympian
www.RunInjuryFree.com

Signature # 1538

March 17, 2013
9:53pm
Steven Lee Manhattan, NY

Please keep the trail unpaved.

Signature # 1537

March 17, 2013
3:53pm
Marvin Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1536

March 16, 2013
7:08pm
Yan Perepletchikov Manhattan, NY

Please don't pave over the trail.

Signature # 1535

March 16, 2013
9:22am
Peggy Price Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1534

March 15, 2013
11:13pm
Barbara Rudder Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1533

March 15, 2013
2:00pm
Eleni Jiavaras Bronx, NY

Preserve the historic Putnam Trail.

Signature # 1532

March 15, 2013
2:00pm
Vanessa Corwin Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1531

March 15, 2013
6:51am
Christian A. Ledesma Queens, NY

Paving the Trail would be a serious waste of taxpayer money and a terrible destruction of nature.

Signature # 1530

March 14, 2013
6:16pm
Nelson De La Cruz Bronx, NY

This proposed project does not seem to make sense either from an environmental or economic perspective. May common sense prevail.

Signature # 1529

March 14, 2013
11:53am
David L Rosenstein Manhattan, NY

Please save some nature in our natural parks, of which Inwood and Van Cortlandt are examples. I grew up playing and hiking in Van Cortlandt and urge the paving over of trails for the convenience of bicycles to stop here. This is not the 20 mile Cape Cod Rail Trail. It's a modest little path like those in the forested area of Bronx Botanical Garden. Those who don't want dirt in their sneaker treads can find other paths. So little remains natural, please respect this quiet zone.

Signature # 1528

March 13, 2013
9:01pm
Sherry Carr Bronx, NY

This makes no sense. Have we learned nothing from deforestation and disrupting natures delicate balances? For what? Joni Mitchell sang about it in "Big Yellow Taxi". Those of us who truly, authentically, and purely use the Putnam Trail to be in nature, and not as some byway or speed way on the way to some place else, know that this is a travesty. Please. Stop this nonsense.

Signature # 1527

March 12, 2013
6:20pm
Kevin L Beganics Bronx, NY

Was it the Times article where someone said it should be paved basically because it's not as 'fun' to ride when it's muddy? I've ridden my road bike plenty of times on that stretch, I'm not the greatest bike handler, with no problems. A dismount or two, squirt of the water bottle to clear my cleats, and I'm good.

Signature # 1526

March 12, 2013
6:19pm
andrew pearson Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1525

March 12, 2013
10:01am
Thomas Hubbard Bronx, NY

Please do not, I REPEAT, DO NOT, pave over the trail. The reasons are multiple: the required widening of the trail to permit the paving; the addition of an impermeable surface which will increase destructive runoff of rainfall water which, when focused, can become destructive to the area; the fact that the people who are theoretically to be benefited, bike riders, are saying do NOT PAVE; the fact that this is a large tract of more natural wild woods located in the middle of a large city and people do not need this path paved, as it should be allowed to remain in as natural a condition as possible.

Signature # 1524

March 11, 2013
10:49am
Sherry Berner Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1523

March 10, 2013
12:04pm
clare Kopelakis Brooklyn, NY

Can't there be a better way? Why would you want to kill off anything natural? We don't have much left to save. Leave our parks and beaches alone.

Signature # 1522

March 9, 2013
6:53pm
Michael Ring Brooklyn, NY

Why does this need to be paved?

Signature # 1521

March 9, 2013
6:39pm
Jae Gruenke Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1520

March 9, 2013
5:27pm
Svetlana Manhattan, NY

I'd like to sign this petition and save the Putnam Trail.

Signature # 1519

March 8, 2013
8:29pm
Noel E. Jefferson Manhattan, NY

This Putnam Trail is a natural treasure that shouldn't be ruined for any reason!

Signature # 1518

March 8, 2013
2:13pm
Ellen Kastel Bronx, NY

I am a regular user of the trail. Please leave it as is for people and all wildlife.
Thank you

Signature # 1517

March 7, 2013
10:22pm
Linda Heimer Manhattan, NY

Save the trees and the shade, beauty, and especially oxygen they provide. Save the trail.

Signature # 1516

March 7, 2013
7:50pm
Alla Sherbakov Bronx, NY

Please save the Putnam Trail!
Please do not cut the trees in Van Cortland Park,we have lost too many of them already!
Please let us and our children enjoy the natural beauty of our favorite place in the Bronx!

Signature # 1515

March 7, 2013
7:49pm
Patricia Alcivar Queens, NY

I LOVE Vancortlandt Park and cannot imagine not being able to run on the trails! This would be a HUGE mistake as this is the mecca of Cross Country. PLease do not take away one of NYC's best treasures for people of all ages!

Signature # 1514

March 7, 2013
5:18pm
Chris Hawson Manhattan, NY

Leave the trail as it is - this supposed 'improvement' is a complete misnomer.

Signature # 1513

March 7, 2013
3:32pm
Peter Leonard NY State Resident

Paving is expensive and temporary. Asphalt must be maintained, tree roots will buckle the pavement causing bicycle and pedestrian accidents. plants and trees will need to be kept cut back. A natural trail is more pleasurable for walking, running and off road bicycling and much less expensive to maintain.

Signature # 1512

March 7, 2013
8:53am
Leslie Jordan Bronx, NY

Please leave this natural beauty the way it is. We work in a concrete jungle but escape to nature.

Signature # 1511

March 7, 2013
7:53am
Narayana Rao Rampilla Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1510

March 7, 2013
12:15am
Dave & Sue Dolen Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Why does the answer always seem to be paving. More pavement only contributes to N.Y.C's already high heat signature and global warming for those who believe in that theory. Any semblance of rural / country is always good for the human soul.

Signature # 1509

March 6, 2013
4:00pm
Kristen Pedersen Brooklyn, NY

I live in Brooklyn, but work up the hill from VCP. It is my home away from home and VCP is my home for training, especially as I train for the Leadville 100 this summer. Running is hard on the body and the current surface of the putnam trail mixes up the variety and also lessens injury. There is plenty of concrete surfaces to run in in NYC and not enough trails here!

Signature # 1508

March 6, 2013
7:46am
Stuart Alexander Brooklyn, NY

I ride my road bike frequently on the Putnam Trail the 50 miles up to Brewster and back and I urge you to keep the section inside Van Cortlandt Park unpaved! The money and asphalt would be better spent improving already paved sections that are several miles further north.

Signature # 1507

March 6, 2013
7:45am
Joe Maller Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1506

March 5, 2013
9:28pm
Robert S Kosyk Bronx, NY

Why would you want to pave over nature????

Signature # 1505

March 5, 2013
8:50pm
Moira Carroll Bronx, NY

This would be a travesty to our natural area. The path is perfectly usable for bikes now. I have used it as a walking and a biking path. If it is paved, walkers will be run over by bikers, and the look will be irreversibly ruined.

Signature # 1504

March 5, 2013
4:42pm
Elana Stern Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1503

March 5, 2013
2:37pm
Jan Mundo Manhattan, NY

Keep the country trail!

Signature # 1502

March 5, 2013
11:58am
Yianni Patsalos Bronx, NY

Do NOT DESTROY THE TRAIL!

Signature # 1501

March 5, 2013
11:36am
martha kosyk Bronx, NY

Please do not pave the nature trail. Parks are meant to be kept as natural as possible and not unnecessarily paved over. And besides, hiking on paved trails is harder on the body. The bikers can use dirt bikes or choose an already paved area out of the existing multitudes.

Signature # 1500

March 5, 2013
10:52am
Jon Serri Bronx, NY

Save the trail!

Signature # 1499

March 5, 2013
9:52am
Geoffrey Enfield Bronx, NY

Stop paving the world and wasting taxpayers money.
How about concreting all the grass and painting it green?
Then you'll never have to mow the lawn ever again.

Signature # 1498

March 5, 2013
9:52am
David Zahm Bronx, NY

Please maintain + improve the Putnam Trail as it is. NO Pavement Please!

Signature # 1497

March 5, 2013
9:52am
Mary Cianni Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1496

March 5, 2013
8:25am
Judy Patsalos Bronx, NY

There are miles of asphalt pathways in the Bronx, yet precious little nature (real dirt) trails. Why spend money for a worse end result?

Signature # 1495

March 4, 2013
8:38pm
George Patsalos Bronx, NY

Fixing something that is not broken for $2+ million.
What's wrong with this picture?

Signature # 1494

March 4, 2013
7:27pm
Peter Post Manhattan, NY

Please don't pave the Putnam Trail. A few years ago trails near Vault Hill were paved without any public input. It was a favored area for butterflies that are no longer found there. The habitat was destroyed.

Signature # 1493

March 4, 2013
6:28pm
XENIA NY State Resident

The Parks Department should be working on saving what little is left of natural areas in NYC and not implementing projects that will destroy them.

Signature # 1492

March 4, 2013
4:58pm
Andy Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Save this trail!

Signature # 1491

March 4, 2013
4:57pm
Rebecca Swanson Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1490

March 4, 2013
3:57pm
Kate Brooklyn, NY

Don't destroy nature!

Signature # 1489

March 4, 2013
12:16pm
Adriana Shaw Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1488

March 3, 2013
10:24pm
Ravi Chander Manhattan, NY

Please save the Trail!

Signature # 1487

March 3, 2013
8:04pm
Terry Quinn Queens, NY

Leave the trail in its natural beauty. Do not replace.

Signature # 1486

March 3, 2013
5:32pm
Kathrine Switzer NY State Resident

Paving the trail greatly increases injuries--runners, walkers, and even dogs all thrive when they exercise on natural dirt surfaces. In any case, we desperately need to preserve our natural surroundings in an over-populated world.

Signature # 1485

March 3, 2013
5:31pm
Fran Dickson Manhattan, NY

Please preserve the historic Putnam Trail.

Signature # 1484

March 3, 2013
5:31pm
Todd Jennings NY State Resident

With so many paved pathways in NYC, I don't understand what value there is in paving over yet another path. The Putnam Trail is already bike accessible, and the wheelchair accessibility rationale is a poor straw argument. The Great Lawn in Central Park isn't wheelchair friendly; will that have to be paved next??

Signature # 1483

March 3, 2013
4:17pm
Howard Polivy Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1482

March 3, 2013
3:50pm
Barry Schneider Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1481

March 2, 2013
7:33pm
Robert Fleischer Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1480

March 2, 2013
11:46am
Nelson Harst Manhattan, NY

I am an avid cyclist and support the city's many pro-bike initiatives, especially bike lanes on the streets and along the waterfronts. It's a great form of transport.

However bicycles should be recognized for what they are-- mechanical transportation. Nature trails such as these ought be preserved for pedestrian use: walking and hiking.

Bikes and walking do not play well together; paving will change this from trail to road.

Signature # 1479

March 2, 2013
10:18am
Maxwell Roberts-Pereira Manhattan, NY

The Putnam Trail is a beautiful stretch of wooded, natural beauty to run on. The feel of the dirt under your feet as you run and the railroad ties on certain segments make the trail rather unique, especially in the concrete jungle that New York is. Paving the trail would ruin a beautiful trail as well as it's history.

Signature # 1478

March 1, 2013
9:40pm
Madeline Queens, NY

Don't destroy beautiful parkland. Too precious to ruin.

Signature # 1477

March 1, 2013
6:58pm
Simon Burdeaux Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1476

March 1, 2013
12:25pm
Alix Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1475

March 1, 2013
11:48am
Dominique Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1474

March 1, 2013
10:18am
Mark Torg Bronx, NY

This has been a perfect place for peaceful times. Pavement does not help. With all the trees it's just a matter of time before the root systems start tearing up the pavement - and the maintenance will be an ongoing nightmare.

Signature # 1473

March 1, 2013
10:16am
Mary Ann Castle Bronx, NY

Leave the Bronx's dwindling forest as it is for our children to enjoy the smell and feel of earth and worms. To increase access for people who ride bicycles or who use wheelchairs, use part of the golf course and make it into a parallel path with plants and trees and birds. Few Bronxites use the golf course which is an expensive pass time--and takes up much too much of precious forest land in the park as is. Conserve do not destroy

Signature # 1472

March 1, 2013
7:43am
patrick herb Bronx, NY

I am an avid mountain biker and this is one of the few dirt trails that you can ride in this city. There are plenty of other paved pathways for road cyclists to ride in between the paved portions of this trail. Paving this trail would vastly change my decision on living in this area of New York.

Signature # 1471

March 1, 2013
7:43am
tiffany herb Bronx, NY

My husband and I regularly ride our bikes on the Putnam Trail and we relish the unpaved path. I don't understand why bicyclists have an issue with the unpaved path. If they are looking for paved roads they have plenty of opportunities to find asphalt to ride on in this city. The rarity of the wilderness and tranquility should be preserved by not paving the trail.

Signature # 1470

March 1, 2013
7:43am
Dave Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1469

February 28, 2013
11:36pm
Zoya Kachadurian Manhattan, NY

I thought NYC was heading to more green, not more pavement!

Signature # 1468

February 28, 2013
8:34pm
Steve Wolfe Manhattan, NY

Do we really need more pavement in New York? Maintain the trail in it's natural state!

Signature # 1467

February 28, 2013
8:12pm
James Moynihan NY State Resident

I am wholeheartedly against paving over the trails! For years they have been host to some fantastic running events and set a beautiful and natural stage for the athletes to compete on.

Please keep this hidden gem of the city the way it is so future generations can enjoy it as well!

Signature # 1466

February 28, 2013
7:53pm
Zoe Wolfe Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1465

February 28, 2013
6:22pm
Carol Wolfe Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1464

February 28, 2013
6:22pm
Emma Benten Manhattan, NY

My friend has a track team that runs through there. Don't pave it over, please!

Signature # 1463

February 28, 2013
5:23pm
Andrea Fleischer Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1462

February 28, 2013
4:49pm
Stacey Fleischer Manhattan, NY

Don't pave the trail!

Signature # 1461

February 28, 2013
4:45pm
Bram Wolfe Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1460

February 28, 2013
8:46am
Justin Idrovo Queens, NY

I've run loads on the trail, it was a high school favorite. We can't let something like this be destroyed with pavement.

Signature # 1459

February 27, 2013
11:34pm
Theresa Duong Bronx, NY

Love the dirt trails and being connected to nature.

Signature # 1458

February 27, 2013
9:30pm
Arnold Son Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1457

February 27, 2013
8:32pm
Emanuel Menasche Manhattan, NY

This really is a great place to run. It can be so difficult to find a place to run for miles, let alone one as natural and peaceful as the Putnam trail, it really would be a shame if we lost it.

Signature # 1456

February 27, 2013
8:31pm
Nicholas Hoffman Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1455

February 27, 2013
7:48pm
David M. Quintana Queens, NY

Save The Putnam Trail

Signature # 1454

February 27, 2013
7:47pm
Kelly McGehee Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1453

February 27, 2013
7:42pm
Yosef Kessler Bronx, NY

I'll always remember running on the Putnam Trail last autumn as the leaves began to fall and the trail became a seemingly endless array of beautiful color. Please do not destroy one of the few natural gems left in our city.

Signature # 1452

February 27, 2013
7:42pm
Zora Arum Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1451

February 27, 2013
6:35pm
Adam Felsenthal Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1450

February 27, 2013
6:35pm
Sam Reich Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1449

February 27, 2013
6:35pm
J Cohen Bronx, NY

Don't pave putnam! I love bringing my team members there for workouts; it means everything to us. Where will we go for our LSD's if this occurs?

Signature # 1448

February 27, 2013
6:35pm
Eero Arum Brooklyn, NY

I believe that it is intrinsically wrong to construct an asphalt trail on a natural landscape. There are few places in New York City that allow an individual to escape the hectic life of the City, and Putnam Trail is one of those places. Paving the dirt path with asphalt would detract from that experience, no matter how many trees the Parks Department plants.

Signature # 1447

February 27, 2013
12:30pm
Mark Christopher Staten Island, NY

no message

Signature # 1446

February 27, 2013
12:03pm
Shane Visbal Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1445

February 27, 2013
11:05am
Benjamin Glazer Brooklyn, NY

please, no.

Signature # 1444

February 27, 2013
9:43am
Arnon Adler NY State Resident

I grew up near VC Park and still love to run the trail when I come down from Albany to visit my folks. It's a pearl, a gem; trust me there's nothing like it elsewhere. Don't pave it, please!

Signature # 1443

February 27, 2013
9:42am
Matthew Berge Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Everytime I drive down the Henry Hudson coming from Boston, I remember great times at Cross Country meets in the park. I keep planning a trip to run there again. You pave it, it is lost forever and no need to go back! Don't Do It!

Signature # 1442

February 27, 2013
7:34am
James Conley Bronx, NY

Maintain this charming trail better to make it more accessible is a terrific idea, but paving it is akin to destroying it. If there's anything we Bronx residents need, it's more green space.

Signature # 1441

February 26, 2013
11:07pm
John Dougherty Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1440

February 26, 2013
11:06pm
Evett Gigante Bronx, NY

I walk five miles every day, primarily at the greenway at Pelham Bay Park, but I walk the Putman Trail every Saturday in the fall. It's one of my favorite walking locations/trails. Why must the City parks Department tamper with every bit of natural beauty left in the city? The running track at VCP is a complete mess. Why doesn't the City use the funds to refurbish the track and leave a truly greenway untarnished?

Signature # 1439

February 26, 2013
11:06pm
Prudence Soobrattie Bronx, NY

I always go hiking there with my family. Yes it's impossible with a stroller but that is the whole point - you want children to experience a rare glimmer of nature in New York, so we used to take the kids out of the strollers and carried them. They loved it then and they love it now. The Putnam trail is an example of nature reclaiming space (the old rail tracks). It should neither be tamed nor improved, for it is a glimpse of nature chaotic and rough in an overly manicured metropolis. It is glorious!

Signature # 1438

February 26, 2013
9:34am
Jon Andreessen Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1437

February 26, 2013
12:04am
David Case Queens, NY

Don't destroy the Putnam Trail. Just to run on such a beautiful bit of ground is just not right to destroy.

Signature # 1436

February 26, 2013
12:03am
Madeline Case Queens, NY

No one should destroy such a wonderful place to run, walk or just have a good time.

Also bring back the Holiday Marathons. They were fun to participate in. Hopefully, with a new mayor, a new Parks Dept. Commissioner, better things will come about again.

Signature # 1435

February 25, 2013
8:13pm
Meghan Ryan Manhattan, NY

It's a great nature park full of traila and does not need to be paved to be used. Please leave the trail and park as is!!

Signature # 1434

February 25, 2013
7:07pm
Josh Pesin Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1433

February 25, 2013
4:20pm
Ben Ireland Manhattan, NY

I have competed in races along the putnam trail and feel that paving it over would take away from the natural authentic feel that it currently offers both runners and walkers. Pavement causes more severe impacts to the legs of both runners and walkers which is why I prefer to run on unpaved trails like Putnam. Also, from an environmental standpoint it increases runoff and decreases natural rain absorption.

Signature # 1432

February 25, 2013
4:19pm
alberto lopez jr. Manhattan, NY

Please don't pave. Leave nature at her best & natural ways of being.

Signature # 1431

February 25, 2013
2:14pm
Joseph Chiu Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1430

February 25, 2013
1:40pm
Michael Clark Brooklyn, NY

Can we really afford to pave this and then to continue to spend thousands on annual maintenance? How about paving roads that need it like the BQE? Please don't pave paradise!

Signature # 1429

February 25, 2013
1:39pm
Susan Snyder Manhattan, NY

Please don't pave the Putnam Trail. We runners have plenty of asphalt, but not great trails like this.

Signature # 1428

February 25, 2013
12:47pm
Mark Whalen NY State Resident

There are already plenty of paved areas to run in New York City and the surrounding areas. Once a trail is paved there is no going back to dirt. Please spend the money on another project.

Signature # 1427

February 25, 2013
12:46pm
Erica Muniz Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 1426

February 25, 2013
12:46pm
Emily Raisch Brooklyn, NY

Save our trail! Great running trails like this are hard to come by- don't ruin this beautiful spot by paving it over!

Signature # 1425

February 25, 2013
12:45pm
Jeffrey Lin Queens, NY

There is no greater nature preserve than Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx and to put additional pavement through the most historic part makes zero sense.

Signature # 1424

February 25, 2013
12:45pm
Lars Brekken Manhattan, NY

There are so many roads and so few trails in this city. Let's keep this one!

Signature # 1423

February 25, 2013
12:44pm
Helen Dole Manhattan, NY

Please keep the trails the way they are! I frequently go up there to run on them and will be sad to see them paved over.

Signature # 1422

February 25, 2013
12:44pm
Jose Fernandez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1421

February 25, 2013
12:44pm
Hayes Moore Queens, NY

Save the Putnam Trail, please.

Signature # 1420

February 25, 2013
12:43pm
Megan Barickman Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1419

February 25, 2013
12:43pm
Edward Serrano Manhattan, NY

Save our trails

Signature # 1418

February 25, 2013
12:43pm
Stephen England Manhattan, NY

Asphalt is U.G.L.Y. It does not belong in this great park! Keep the trail a trail. This is a waste of taxpayer's money and a loss of a significant amount of trees. End this project now.

Signature # 1417

February 25, 2013
12:42pm
Skyler Mosenthal NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1416

February 25, 2013
12:42pm
Craig Murphy NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1415

February 25, 2013
12:42pm
Bob Reany Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

soft surfaces save knees

Signature # 1414

February 25, 2013
12:41pm
Jessica Scannell NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1413

February 25, 2013
12:41pm
Jake Byrne NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1412

February 25, 2013
12:41pm
Patrick Hughes NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1411

February 25, 2013
12:40pm
Josh Hibbs NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1410

February 25, 2013
12:40pm
Baldomero Fernandez Manhattan, NY

Please do not pave the trail, in the end it will be more expensive to maintain as well as take away the natural character and charm of the trail.

Signature # 1409

February 25, 2013
12:40pm
Dylan Armajani Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1408

February 25, 2013
12:39pm
Georgia DeFalco NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1407

February 25, 2013
12:38pm
Matthew V. Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1406

February 25, 2013
12:38pm
Boriana Fackler Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1405

February 25, 2013
12:37pm
Kristen Pedersen Brooklyn, NY

I live in Brooklyn, but work near and train in VCP. It's a wonderful resource for us trail runners, ultrarunners and those seeking sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of NYC!

Signature # 1404

February 25, 2013
12:37pm
Heather Queens, NY

Paving over the little bit of trails we have in this city is just another step to removing more nature in this concrete city.

Signature # 1403

February 25, 2013
12:37pm
Kirby Mosenthal Manhattan, NY

Save nature!

Signature # 1402

February 25, 2013
12:36pm
brandon blinderman Staten Island, NY

no message

Signature # 1401

February 25, 2013
12:36pm
steven s. Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1400

February 25, 2013
12:35pm
Melissa L Woods Manhattan, NY

Preserve nature and dollars, please!

Signature # 1399

February 24, 2013
6:36pm
Sabrina H. Bronx, NY

Save our Trail!!

Signature # 1398

February 24, 2013
5:08pm
Muantawan Arsrairas Queens, NY

We don't have many trails close to the City. Please save this one so we don't have to go to New Jersey for trails.

Signature # 1397

February 24, 2013
12:31pm
Anne Purcell Staten Island, NY

no message

Signature # 1396

February 23, 2013
8:35pm
Deb Dolan Bronx, NY

The trail is lovely as is. No habitat needs to be destroyed to alter it.

Signature # 1395

February 23, 2013
8:35pm
Shaneka Whittick Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1394

February 23, 2013
8:35pm
W Hodge Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1393

February 23, 2013
8:34pm
Idalia Vega Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1392

February 23, 2013
8:34pm
Marva Cousins Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1391

February 23, 2013
8:34pm
Michele Torrioni Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1390

February 23, 2013
8:20pm
Michael Mashack Bronx, NY

Keep the way it is.

Signature # 1389

February 23, 2013
8:19pm
Howard H. Hemmings Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1388

February 23, 2013
8:15pm
John Young Bronx, NY

It WAS a railway track. It IS a nature trail. Keep it that way!!

Signature # 1387

February 23, 2013
8:15pm
Joseph Sanchez Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1386

February 23, 2013
8:14pm
Louis Kleinman NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1385

February 23, 2013
8:14pm
Mera Carela NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1384

February 23, 2013
8:14pm
Christina Aina Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1383

February 23, 2013
8:14pm
Brian Olcu Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1382

February 23, 2013
8:13pm
Kyle Maioruno Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1381

February 23, 2013
8:13pm
Qiana Wigfall NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1380

February 23, 2013
8:13pm
Helen Newman Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1379

February 23, 2013
7:48pm
lisa Brooklyn, NY

save the trails!

Signature # 1378

February 23, 2013
6:41pm
Sally Melendez Bronx, NY

Save the trails

Signature # 1377

February 23, 2013
6:41pm
Karen Rivera Bronx, NY

Save the parks!

Signature # 1376

February 23, 2013
6:40pm
Violeta Valentino Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1375

February 23, 2013
6:40pm
Barbara Stroncza Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1374

February 23, 2013
6:40pm
Carol Woodward Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1373

February 23, 2013
6:40pm
Lorita Watson Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1372

February 23, 2013
6:40pm
Jack Ullman Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1371

February 23, 2013
6:39pm
Violet Smith Bronx, NY

Sounds like this is a good cause.

Signature # 1370

February 23, 2013
6:39pm
Eric Newman Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1369

February 23, 2013
6:39pm
Sam Katz Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1368

February 23, 2013
6:39pm
Janice Flood Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1367

February 23, 2013
6:38pm
M. Joanne Strauss Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1366

February 23, 2013
5:36pm
Annette Patron Bronx, NY

Please preserve all nature trails in the Bronx.

Signature # 1365

February 23, 2013
5:36pm
Raphael Schweizer Bronx, NY

Save the Trail - please place stone dust.

Signature # 1364

February 23, 2013
5:36pm
Charlie Reynoso Bronx, NY

Save the trail!

Signature # 1363

February 23, 2013
5:35pm
Nancy Dawson Bronx, NY

Save the trees and the flowers.

Signature # 1362

February 23, 2013
5:35pm
Cheri Jones Bronx, NY

Save! Save! Save!

Signature # 1361

February 23, 2013
5:35pm
Jerri Klein Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1360

February 23, 2013
5:35pm
J Barnes Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1359

February 23, 2013
5:34pm
D Poggi Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1358

February 23, 2013
5:34pm
Jose Gonzales Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1357

February 23, 2013
5:34pm
Diane Murgalo NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1356

February 23, 2013
5:34pm
D Robins Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1355

February 23, 2013
5:34pm
Richard Stevens Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1354

February 23, 2013
5:04pm
Donald Recklies Brooklyn, NY

I'm on the Putnam many times a year and it's just a delightful place. Although admittedly it can become wet and muddy in spots, I have never seen that it's a problem for pedestrians or bicyclists. Paving, and especially to the width reported, cannot but destroy the ambience. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Signature # 1353

February 23, 2013
7:55am
Hrant Gadarigian Bronx, NY

Please, no more encroachment on the precious little natural world left that surrounds us in NYC.

Signature # 1352

February 21, 2013
11:11pm
Tanya NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1351

February 21, 2013
8:38pm
Vanni Cappelli Bronx, NY

There is quite enough asphalt already in the Bronx !!!!!! Go Green!!! Van Cortland, Seton Falls,Pelham Bay, and Botanical Gardens "Forever Wild" !!!!!!!!

Signature # 1350

February 21, 2013
8:37pm
Maryanne DiPasquale Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1349

February 21, 2013
6:21pm
Dominique Brooklyn, NY

It is important to preserve as much natural beauty as possible. Let us not allow the Putnam Trail fall into the hands of corporate developers.

Signature # 1348

February 21, 2013
6:21pm
Katie Carsky NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1347

February 21, 2013
12:23pm
Erich Buchrieser Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 1346

February 19, 2013
5:25pm
Daniel Biddle Manhattan, NY

As a regular visitor to Van Cortlandt Park, I love its unique, natural beauty. Please do not widen and pave the Putnam Trail. Unpaved trails are few and far between in NYC and this land is a healthy ecosystem that supports a great diversity. Please follow your motto and keep the trail as close as possible to "Forever Wild." Thanks.

Signature # 1345

February 19, 2013
5:24pm
brendan keogh NY State Resident

NO more paving of our green spaces in this concrete and asphalt jungle

Signature # 1344

February 19, 2013
5:24pm
Kristin NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1343

February 19, 2013
5:23pm
Kate Asson Queens, NY

Please do not cut down trees and lay asphalt in Van Cortlandt Park. It's a lovely park just the way it is, and I've enjoyed it very much over the years. If you must extend the trail, don't use asphalt. It's damaging--causing run-off, flooding, tree-rot... There are less invasive ways to extend the trail (eg stone dust paths) that preserve the wildlife and the integrity of the park. And chopping down 400 trees? Unacceptable.

Signature # 1342

February 19, 2013
10:46am
Eva lugo Bronx, NY

Save the trail!!!!

Signature # 1341

February 18, 2013
10:44pm
Adriana Koeneke Manhattan, NY

Please, don't pave this trail.

Signature # 1340

February 18, 2013
10:44pm
Neil Manhattan, NY

Please do not pave the trail!!!

Signature # 1339

February 18, 2013
8:54pm
Matt Contino NY State Resident

It's fine for everybody the way it is.

Signature # 1338

February 18, 2013
3:51pm
Isabel Martinez Manhattan, NY

I run this trail to capture a bit of serenity and nature in the midst of the chaos of NYC. Please do not ruin this for me and hundreds of other runners, birdwatchers, children, etc.

Signature # 1337

February 18, 2013
2:27pm
Maria NY State Resident

Can't these top officials use the money for better education and health care---All they think about now is how to further destroy our beautiful parks? We the people need to step in and check 'em. If no one stands up for what is right then they will continue to do what ever they want. I am signing this petition so to keep our Van Cortland Park the way it is.....

Signature # 1336

February 18, 2013
2:26pm
Lisa Manhattan, NY

Putnam trail is a home to many wonderful migratory birds. Please don't take their home away. They have lived with us and we need to continue to live with them.

Signature # 1335

February 18, 2013
12:21pm
emilia perez Manhattan, NY

This area should stay as untouched as possible.

Signature # 1334

February 18, 2013
12:21pm
wendy perez Queens, NY

We need to preserve the little nature we have left.

Signature # 1333

February 18, 2013
11:43am
Anders Peltomaa Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1332

February 18, 2013
11:43am
Cesar Andres Castillo Queens, NY

I sign this petition in the knowledge that paving old Putnam Trail will result in a significant reduction the local biodiversity including plant species and by causation a reduction in breeding bird species, insects etc...

Signature # 1331

February 18, 2013
11:42am
Jack Woodhull Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1330

February 18, 2013
8:35am
PETER GUSTAS Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1329

February 18, 2013
8:04am
Mike Russo Bronx, NY

Paving the Putnam trail would create more of a hazardous environment with toxic oil run off from the asphalt leaching into the soil and water, besides clear cutting the trees along the path taking away bird nesting habitats

Signature # 1328

February 18, 2013
7:35am
Starr Durant-Rason Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Wildlife on this planet needs all the help we can give it. If this paving is detrimental to it's well being, then DON'T do it.

Signature # 1327

February 18, 2013
7:34am
Richard Santangelo Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 1326

February 18, 2013
7:33am
Carol Holmes Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1325

February 17, 2013
7:11pm
Maggie Bradley Manhattan, NY

The Putnam Trail is a respite from the hustle and bustle of the parade grounds and the city in general. To pave it will bring the speed to an area that should remain quiet and slow. There is no "need" to have asphalt and there is need to leave it as it is.
I am a birder and appreciate being able to find a good area for birding close to the subway.
Better would be to make a safe bike lane between Van Cortland Park and the Greenway. That is the dangerous stretch for bikers.

Signature # 1324

February 17, 2013
7:10pm
Kathy Drake Manhattan, NY

I would like to add my voice to the plea to not ruin the natural beauty of Van Cortlandt Park and a bird habitat.

Signature # 1323

February 17, 2013
6:38pm
Donna Brent NY State Resident

We don't need more paved areas.

Signature # 1322

February 17, 2013
6:37pm
Cynthia Guile Manhattan, NY

Please let the trail stay!

Signature # 1321

February 17, 2013
6:37pm
Steve Walter Queens, NY

Van Cortlandt Park is one of the few, maybe only, remaining sites in the region with a population of the Silvery Checkerspot butterfly. This project could lead to extirpation of the species in New York.

Signature # 1320

February 17, 2013
6:37pm
Jean Pettibone Manhattan, NY

Please do not pave the Putnam Trail. It is far better as it is now.

Signature # 1319

February 17, 2013
6:37pm
Stephen Chang Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1318

February 17, 2013
3:25pm
Chang Peng Manhattan, NY

Save the trail!

Signature # 1317

February 17, 2013
2:53pm
Mary Jane Kaplan Manhattan, NY

New York already has too much pavement! Please leave the Putnam Trail as it is for the birds and those who love them. Thank you.

Signature # 1316

February 17, 2013
1:36pm
John Gluth NY State Resident

Doesn't the city have enough asphalt already? What it truly needs is more green space like the Putnam trail. Please leave well enough alone.

Signature # 1315

February 17, 2013
1:06pm
Barbara Rubinstein Manhattan, NY

Please leave this trail as is!

Signature # 1314

February 17, 2013
12:39pm
Joyce Serra Queens, NY

Save the trail! Do not widen to 15 feet! Keep the habitat of trees for birds and wildlife!

Signature # 1313

February 17, 2013
12:39pm
Andrew Bloxk NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1312

February 17, 2013
11:55am
Richard Timm Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1311

February 17, 2013
11:54am
john loehrke Manhattan, NY

The beauty of this trail is the quiet proximity to nature. Walkers, joggers, birders, etc. are all able to use it in it's present state. Paving it would harm beautiful natural eco systems and would benefit only vehicular travel (bikes) which would certainly be ridden fast enough to imperil and discourage the many of us who enjoy this peaceful and beautiful refuge.

Signature # 1310

February 17, 2013
11:25am
Helen Queens, NY

Space -- it needs to breath, not be paved over.

Signature # 1309

February 17, 2013
10:45am
diana teta,phd NY State Resident

Not every natural trail and park path has to be paved over under the pretext of accessiblity to bikes, handicapped, blind, walkers, elderly, whatever.
It is important for our children to have the opportunity to view nature in a natural habitat
not usurped by "progress"

Signature # 1308

February 17, 2013
10:32am
Steven Rosenthal NY State Resident

i live on long island and work in manhattan...new york city has enough asphalt already! for all the
runners and bikers and birders and others who use the trail the number of places where we can actually connect with the parks and open spaces of NYC are diminishing every day, there are more than enough other places for people who want to push strollers, or other more delicate activities. what better way to introduce more people to our precious natural resources and to connect with the city the way it used to be. Once lost, this authentic trail could never be regained.

Signature # 1307

February 16, 2013
7:37am
David Wen Riccardi-Zhu Manhattan, NY

The last thing NY needs is more (over) development of its remaining natural spaces.

Signature # 1306

February 15, 2013
11:47pm
Larry Ramer Queens, NY

Keep the Putnam trail the way it is.

Signature # 1305

February 15, 2013
2:56pm
Seth Francis Brooklyn, NY

I ran on this trail for cross country during high school. I have very fond memories of this trail and always think about it even when I'm not running on it.

Signature # 1304

February 14, 2013
10:16pm
Annisa Tiara Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Preserving what we have left is what we need to do for a change these days. We can always lose what we have today, tomorrow.

Signature # 1303

February 13, 2013
9:24pm
J Chow Manhattan, NY

As one of the few true trails left in the NYC parks system, please leave this unpaved. As a previous half-marathon trail runner in Van Cordlandt park, I would be disappointed to see this unexpected, but welcome, bit of nature paved over. We don't need more asphalt. I'm also a cyclist, but there are enough areas for that pursuit.

Signature # 1302

February 10, 2013
4:15pm
Louise Fraza Manhattan, NY

This trail provides nesting sites for several of New York city's birds, including the Rose-breasted Grossbeak. Natural habitat is a precious resource in our area and needs to be protected for the enjoyment and education of our people.

Signature # 1301

February 10, 2013
4:15pm
Janos Marton Manhattan, NY

We need to preserve the limited wilderness NYC has. Bikers can use the trail as it exists.

Signature # 1300

February 9, 2013
6:22pm
Maureen Madigan Bronx, NY

Please do not allow the destruction of this area

Signature # 1299

February 8, 2013
2:36pm
Paulina NY State Resident

Van Cortlandt Park will lose a large part of its beauty and uniqueness if the Putnam Trail is paved :(

Signature # 1298

February 8, 2013
10:53am
michael mark Brooklyn, NY

Say no “to Bloomberg Boulevard” in Van Cortlandt Park!

Signature # 1297

February 7, 2013
2:08pm
Arnold Gore Manhattan, NY

Ir is foolish to destroy this pristine natural wooded escape from the asphalt jungle. It is a waste of scarce taxpayer funds for parks, Preservation is most important.

Signature # 1296

February 7, 2013
10:00am
Sharon Brody NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1295

February 5, 2013
8:40pm
Karen High Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1294

January 31, 2013
4:40pm
Deborah Gorman NY State Resident

leave the trail alone!!!!!

Signature # 1293

January 31, 2013
1:01pm
Paul Wortman Manhattan, NY

I want to see the last wild areas of New York City preserved for future generations of people and wildlife. Do not cut down more trees and pave more land with asphalt.

Signature # 1292

January 31, 2013
11:36am
Matthew TurovBronx, NY

It is essential that this terrible plan to permanently alter the natural beauty and character of the Putnam Trail not go forward. It's unalterably wrong to cut down 400 trees, enlarge and pave this trail. I would think there are wetlands protection laws in force that will stop this ill-conceived plan. If nature is threatened even in a beautiful natural section of this park, one wonders what hope there is for preservation at all.

Signature # 1291

January 29, 2013
10:39pm
Roger Hill-Sukie Bronx, NY

Please leave this natural and beautiful trail alone. Paving over it would be a tragedy.

Sincerely,
RHS

Signature # 1290

January 29, 2013
9:27pm
Leslie Jordan Bronx, NY

Please do not destroy this natural surrounding. Putnam trail must remain as it is. It is part of what makes this place so wonderful to go to.

Signature # 1289

January 29, 2013
9:18am
Ruth Kraus Bronx, NY

Van Cortlandt Park is my home park. I do not want to see any trail widened. I do not want to see trees removed to widen any trail.

Signature # 1288

January 28, 2013
11:44pm
Stella Miller NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1287

January 28, 2013
8:03pm
Elizabeth Azze NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1286

January 28, 2013
7:53pm
Martha Covi Bronx, NY

Please save the Putnam Trail in it's natural beauty.
No need to widen the path at great expense.I have been using it for the past 55 years, first with children, then grandchildren and now pets, hiking, bicycling and birdwatching.
Thank you.

Signature # 1285

January 28, 2013
6:05pm
Brendan Fogarty NY State Resident

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out ... that wilderness is a necessity..." John Muir

Signature # 1284

January 28, 2013
6:05pm
Andrew Baksh Queens, NY

I lead bird walks at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx and frequent the Putnam Trail. It is a disgrace that this trail is being considered for asphalt pavement. Whose decision was this? I speak with many of the joggers and bikers who traverse the trail and they are always interested in learning about the many plants and birds they see along the trail. Paving the trail will mean widening the area and thus losing more plants and wildlife.

Signature # 1283

January 28, 2013
6:04pm
Bill S Queens, NY

We have enough paved "trails". Leave this one alone. Spend the money on education.

Signature # 1282

January 28, 2013
12:01am
Irwin Seltzer Manhattan, NY

I have loved riding on the Putnam trail for many years and have always thought that all it needed was the kind of low-impact upgrade to make it more accessible to cyclists who want to use it to get to the South County trail. It is a unique environment and certainly should not be asphalted. The stone dust surface will work for everyone.

Signature # 1281

January 27, 2013
5:41pm
Nikki Love Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1280

January 25, 2013
10:15pm
Susan Siskind Manhattan, NY

Save this beautiful, historic natural trail for generations to enjoy.

Signature # 1279

January 25, 2013
10:55am
genevieve schmitt Brooklyn, NY

Save the Putnam Trail, use tax money fixed pot holes instead...plenty of those around

Signature # 1278

January 25, 2013
9:19am
Daniel Ranells Bronx, NY

There are enough asphalt trails in the area, if there'sa cheaper option for improving the trail, we should choose it and spend the extra money elsewhere.

Signature # 1277

January 24, 2013
5:25pm
Katherine NY State Resident

There are not many preserved trails in the area to run or hike on. Please don't destroy this trail as well!!!

Signature # 1276

January 24, 2013
2:10pm
Brian Calavan Brooklyn, NY

Any opportunity to preserve a soft dirt trail in this asphalt-concrete metropolis should be seized. Paving the trail would serve the interests of a few while dismissing those of the many. I bike, and I run, in this city. We do not need another paved bike route at the expense of a dirt multi-use trail.

Signature # 1275

January 24, 2013
12:04pm
Hakan Kerisli Brooklyn, NY

There can never be enough natural beauty in the urban jungle. But there can always be too much concrete.

Signature # 1274

January 23, 2013
8:19pm
City Council Candidate Benjamin Kallos Manhattan, NY

As a City Council candidate and triathlete always in search of varied training locations I support preserving New York City's natural resources and using environmentally friendly surfaces that minimize negative impacts of exercise on joints while opening the trail up to broader use.

Signature # 1273

January 20, 2013
8:27pm
Karl Rutter Brooklyn, NY

Please save the Putnam Trail it is a great value to the community and a historic treasure to be preserved.

Signature # 1272

January 4, 2013
9:07pm
Matthew TurovBronx, NY

This trail is a natural wonderland surrounded by asphalt. Destroying ANY of the natural beauty of this area would permanently affect the quality of the park. Cutting down trees and expanding the trail violates conditions pertaining to wetlands conservation and could adversely affect birds that nest in the area in Spring. Let's not forget the additional litter that will come with greater accessibility, much of which will end up in the lake and pond, affecting the animals that live there. This park is already vivisected by parkways. There is already plenty of the park set aside as recreational areas. Why can't we leave what little nature is left alone!?

Signature # 1271

December 18, 2012
3:30pm
Karoline Kaon Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 1270

December 14, 2012
8:45am
jack wenger Manhattan, NY

just what we need more concrete in the city??

Signature # 1269

December 10, 2012
10:24am
DELORES RUBIN Manhattan, NY

PAVEMENT IS NOT NEEDED - LEAVE THE TRAIL NATURAL

Signature # 1268

December 9, 2012
2:07pm
Bob Stone Brooklyn, NY

Fighting the arrogance of the Bloomberg administration's policies (parks being just one) is a full-time job. You have my best wishes.

Signature # 1267

December 8, 2012
7:55pm
Tobi Bergman Manhattan, NY

Organizing idea: Figure out how much would be saved with a plan that just widens the path a little and improves the existing surface. Find a playground that really needs improvement, and build support in that community for using the money there instead.

Signature # 1266

December 8, 2012
7:55pm
Lawrence Scheyer Manhattan, NY

Please do not put a non-permeable surface on the Putnam Trail. It would be a mistake to ruin the natural environment like that, and a ridiculous and irresponsible waste of taxpayer money.

Signature # 1265

December 8, 2012
7:54pm
Phil Konigsberg Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 1264

December 8, 2012
7:54pm
Carol Schachter Manhattan, NY

I love the Putnam Trail and am appalled about the possible desecration by the City. If something isn't broken, why fix it? Save this historic treasure!

Signature # 1263

December 5, 2012
10:51am
Dave Wolfe Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1262

December 1, 2012
1:54pm
Jennifer G Bronx, NY

We need to keep and preserve the natural settings that are in place. We need to honor the personality and feel of an area that is around to provide us with a place to exercise, explore and feel close to nature. If you want paved roads by all means go to the city

Signature # 1261

December 1, 2012
1:53pm
Brian Drennen Bronx, NY

Please save the trail and all the beauty this nature trail provides to the people who use and enjoy it.

Signature # 1260

November 27, 2012
9:43pm
Basil NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1259

November 21, 2012
8:10pm
Frank Miceli Jr NY State Resident

Please save the trail!

Signature # 1258

November 19, 2012
10:34am
Seth Ruderman Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I grew up in NYC and live in Northern NJ. This trail is one of the wonders of NYC. Please leave it alone.

Signature # 1257

November 19, 2012
10:34am
Helen Soto Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I support Holiday Marathons in Van Cortlandt Park, BX, NY. Please allow the race organizers to hold the events.

Signature # 1256

November 18, 2012
9:32pm
Guillermo Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Leave the trail alone!!!

Signature # 1255

November 16, 2012
3:25pm
audrey jarosz Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1254

November 16, 2012
3:24pm
Angela NY State Resident

It would be a shame if this trail was paved. A great trail to run on.

Signature # 1253

November 16, 2012
3:24pm
Matthew Gallegos NY State Resident

From Westchester I love this trail and would hate to see it change. I avoid paved trails as much as possible.

Signature # 1252

November 16, 2012
3:21pm
Abby Brooklyn, NY

Please do not pave the Putnam Trail and please allow holiday marathons.

Signature # 1251

November 12, 2012
5:55pm
Edward Joy Bronx, NY

No asphalt, keep it green!

Signature # 1250

November 12, 2012
5:54pm
maxwell abram Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1249

November 10, 2012
8:33pm
Shawn Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1248

November 10, 2012
8:33pm
noreen keenan Bronx, NY

STOP THE PAVING. WHY DONT THE POLITICIANS SPEAK UP??????

Signature # 1247

November 10, 2012
8:33pm
Kevin Christopher NY State Resident

Let us race!

Signature # 1246

November 1, 2012
7:11pm
Chris Petitt Bronx, NY

I live across from VCP and visit it every day. Putnam trail is a great place to walk and run. To alter the trail would be to undermine the attractiveness and spirit of the park. And it would create a terrible precedent. Bad idea.

Signature # 1245

November 1, 2012
7:11pm
Zach Elfers Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Save the Putnam trail!

Signature # 1244

October 29, 2012
5:10pm
Rachael Statmore Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Save the trail!

Signature # 1243

October 24, 2012
11:31am
Terry Graham Bronx, NY

I agree with the points made on this site regarding the inadvisability of the planned widening and paving of the Putnam Trail, with one additional observation: blacktop is inherently ugly, and gets uglier over time. Why spoil the natural beauty of the park?

Signature # 1242

October 23, 2012
4:50pm
P.nooney Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1241

October 22, 2012
11:05pm
Jordan Laks Bronx, NY

Leave it...

Signature # 1240

October 22, 2012
11:04pm
johanna valencia Bronx, NY

I love that trail. I was looking forward to running it this year over the thanksgiving holiday.

Signature # 1239

October 21, 2012
7:59pm
michael urb Bronx, NY

Save the trail, save our money and save the history!!

Signature # 1238

October 21, 2012
7:59pm
Robert Bronx, NY

Save it

Signature # 1237

October 21, 2012
7:59pm
kevin fitzgerald Bronx, NY

There is no need to make the path 15 feet wide, 8 feet would be plenty.

Signature # 1236

October 21, 2012
7:58pm
jonathan bloom Bronx, NY

STPT

Signature # 1235

October 13, 2012
6:37pm
Lisa Smith Bronx, NY

Please save the Putnam Trail, it's so beautiful. It gives great oxygen and CO2 for people and for the creatures living within their natural habitat. It's also great for bike riding, walking, running and just looking at nature. Again PLEASE SAVE THE TRAIL!!!!!

Signature # 1234

October 8, 2012
10:11pm
Katherine Windsor Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I hope the trail is saved!

Signature # 1233

October 8, 2012
10:10pm
Jay Pegram Manhattan, NY

Save the Trail as a natural preserve.. The Parks department can definitely work on paving roads like Mosholu Parkway and Pelham Parkway bike paths and leave this trail as a more natural preserve ...

Signature # 1232

October 8, 2012
10:09pm
Robert Quill Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1231

October 8, 2012
10:09pm
Dolores Hippler Bronx, NY

Don't pave over our childhood memories!

Signature # 1230

October 2, 2012
10:54pm
Mina Madani Bronx, NY

I agree with this statement: The Parks Dept should improve the Putnam Trail with a stone dust surface and keep it at its current 8ft width. This plan will still serve all users well and meet ADA guidelines. This plan is also much cheaper and will require lower maintenance costs in the future.

Signature # 1229

October 2, 2012
10:54pm
Alyssa NY State Resident

keep nature natural!

Signature # 1228

October 2, 2012
10:54pm
Sara Askotzky Manhattan, NY

Please save the trail and allow us to have community runs in the park. I moved to NYC from Wisconsin and the Holiday Marathons have been a huge influence on me. I love New York because of these races and the running community.

Signature # 1227

October 2, 2012
10:53pm
Jenni Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1226

October 2, 2012
10:52pm
kathy gevlin NY State Resident

The thanksgiving run was such a wonderful event last year -- we had planned to have a bunch of family members up to run it this year ...such a shame to end such a great event!

Signature # 1225

October 2, 2012
10:51pm
N Weissman Manhattan, NY

Take a look at the rail trail from Hopewell Junction to Poughkeepsie. One side is asphalt, the other is crushed stone.

Signature # 1224

October 2, 2012
10:51pm
John Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1223

September 14, 2012
12:23am
Art Byram Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

New York has enough impervious coverage.

Signature # 1222

September 14, 2012
12:22am
Ariel Francoeur Manhattan, NY

Please preserve the Putnam Trail!

Signature # 1221

September 14, 2012
12:22am
Mary Tierney Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1220

September 11, 2012
6:24pm
Andrew Platek Manhattan, NY

Please save me some asphalt pounding and preseve some history. Keep the trail unpaved.

Signature # 1219

September 8, 2012
10:54pm
Friederike Edelmann Manhattan, NY

Please don't pave this perfect trail!

Signature # 1218

September 8, 2012
10:54pm
Kathy O'Donnell Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1217

September 8, 2012
10:54pm
jose colon Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1216

September 8, 2012
10:53pm
suzanne Johnson Manhattan, NY

Save the Putnam Trail

Signature # 1215

September 8, 2012
10:53pm
Bobby Leong Brooklyn, NY

Keep the Putnam trail for multi-use purposes and preserve it's beauty at minimal cost to taxpayers.

Signature # 1214

September 8, 2012
10:52pm
Matthew Martinez Manhattan, NY

I love the Putnam trail. It is my escape from the paved paths in Manhattan. We cannot allow this to happen.

Signature # 1213

September 8, 2012
10:51pm
Tito Perez Bronx, NY

I have been running along the trail since the 1970's. I ride a bike upstate and love the natural trail at the Park. It should never be paved. We need to have The Bronx BP on board and demand that the parks department allow "Health Runs" to be held at the park. I and 10 others have participated in the Holiday Runs. Very few community events take place there and communities need events and "health outtings." I support your cause. Let's continue to demand a paved-free trail and continuation of our Holiday runs in the county of the Bronx.

Signature # 1212

September 8, 2012
10:48pm
Andy Hamilton Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I visited last year from Ireland & enjoyed running on it. Had hoped to come back again this year.

Signature # 1211

September 4, 2012
3:41pm
David Brann Manhattan, NY

Please save the Putnam Trail!

Signature # 1210

September 4, 2012
3:41pm
Caitrin Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1209

August 31, 2012
3:12pm
Anthony Manhattan, NY

Please do not pave!

Signature # 1208

August 28, 2012
10:30am
Patrick Ward Manhattan, NY

Please do NOT pave this trail.

Signature # 1207

August 26, 2012
5:16pm
Patricia Kozakiewicz Bronx, NY

Please do not destroy the quiet beauty of the Putnam Trail. Wildlife will be displaced by removing trees all along the trail. The canopy of shade provided by trees along the route is welcomed during hot summer months.

Signature # 1206

August 26, 2012
5:16pm
Jim Block Bronx, NY

There are so many options for bikes these days. It would be nice to preserve that pastoral walkway that we treasure so much.

Signature # 1205

August 26, 2012
5:16pm
Taylor Mucaria NY State Resident

Please preserve the Putnam Trail!

Signature # 1204

August 25, 2012
11:10am
Allen Smith Manhattan, NY

We need to keep the Putnam Trail as it is - great for runners, walkers, bikers.

Signature # 1203

August 24, 2012
8:01am
Claudia Sadowski NY State Resident

Please save the trail!

Signature # 1202

August 22, 2012
1:35pm
Michael Nieves Bronx, NY

The Putnam Trail and all dirt trails in VCP for that matter provide respite from the concrete hustle of NYC. We cannot ignore the severe ecological impact more pavement will bring to the park, or the reciprocal health detriments to us. We should always consider the almost symbiotic relationship between an urban community and its wooded oasis. Save the Putnam Trail and preserve community vitality and vigor.

Signature # 1201

August 21, 2012
5:18pm
Linda Gaitan NY State Resident

Save the trail. As a NY State resident, my husband and I as well as my children enjoy exploring all areas of NYS Parks for hiking and recreation. My sons are older and enjoy the outdoors, esp hiking and exploring the beautiful parks NYS has to offer.

Signature # 1200

August 21, 2012
8:53am
Ching Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

No user of a trail likes a trail to be paved. Please listen to the users.

Signature # 1199

August 20, 2012
7:15pm
Sara Porseland Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1198

August 20, 2012
5:50pm
Jessica Lee Bravo Brooklyn, NY

Please do not turn the Putnam Trail into a pavement. PLEASE!!! Please do not ignore the desires of the community!

Signature # 1197

August 20, 2012
5:50pm
Lander Bravo Brooklyn, NY

We do not need anymore pavement, we need more trails, more back to the land, more nature!

Signature # 1196

August 20, 2012
5:50pm
Tracy Reinholt Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

This is a gorgeous trail, and a rare find within city limits. Please leave it alone!

Signature # 1195

August 19, 2012
6:36pm
Ann Bronx, NY

The trail is beautiful.....why would you waste so much money & ruin it?

Signature # 1194

August 19, 2012
6:36pm
Robert Brooklyn, NY

we're already in a concrete jungle!!!! leave the damn trail alone!!!

Signature # 1193

August 18, 2012
11:19pm
Brittany Hogg Manhattan, NY

Why on earth would you want more pavement in NYC??

Signature # 1192

August 18, 2012
11:19pm
Andrea Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1191

August 18, 2012
11:19pm
Paul Sookdar Bronx, NY

We runners need more trails in the Bronx. Please save this trail.

Signature # 1190

August 18, 2012
11:19pm
Nita Tarango Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1189

August 18, 2012
12:41am
Stephen NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1188

August 17, 2012
8:22pm
Lara NY State Resident

There are enough paved areas in NYC, dirt trails are harder to find. Leave the trail alone!

Signature # 1187

August 17, 2012
1:57pm
Sharon Hoskins NY State Resident

What I have always loved most about Van Cortlandt Park was the challenge of running through the trees on that dirt trail. It is a nice respite from the city streets. I remember it from HS Track days and go back there when I can. Please don't pave it and take away from the natural beauty. Why waste money on unnecessary "improvements"?

Signature # 1186

August 17, 2012
1:57pm
Michael Yorio Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1185

August 16, 2012
5:01pm
Claudia Cancel Queens, NY

Please save the trails. It's a wonderful place for the community to have to relax in and have a little escape from the hectic routine of everyday life.

Signature # 1184

August 16, 2012
5:01pm
Michaela Peterson Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1183

August 16, 2012
3:04pm
Lynn Bronx, NY

Let's leave the trail the way it was intended to be for all runners, cyclists and walkers to continue to enjoy and not make it like every other trail in NYC.

Signature # 1182

August 16, 2012
3:04pm
Leya Bronx, NY

The park and the Putnam trail is one of the highlights of the Bronx. We have few attractions the way Manhattan or Brooklyn now have. We should be encouraging people to visit the Bronx and its many parks. We need to preserve this area!

Signature # 1181

August 16, 2012
3:03pm
ANnie C Bai NY State Resident

Please save the trails!

Signature # 1180

August 16, 2012
9:10am
Jonathan Queens, NY

Paving the trail is such a waste of money. Money which can be used for something else, like feeding the hungry. Please keep the remaining nature areas alone, NYC has enough asphalt.

Signature # 1179

August 15, 2012
10:49pm
Francisco De Los Santos Queens, NY

Leave it alone please we are messing up nature

Signature # 1178

August 15, 2012
10:49pm
Paul Sinquefield NY State Resident

As a military officer who has served in some of the worst places on the planet, I am disturbed that we here in the U.S. would destroy such a beautiful part of our own country. The people of the Bronx and Yonkers deserve a beautiful place to retreat and enjoy the stunning NY countryside.

Signature # 1177

August 15, 2012
10:48pm
Whitney Richman Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

save the trail!

Signature # 1176

August 15, 2012
10:48pm
camille colon Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1175

August 15, 2012
10:47pm
Juan Oquendo Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Im against of everything that protect woods. Im not a person who knows a lot, but like what nature gives to us. If that trail have a long history of many walkers, bikers, people like and want to preserve what God give to us to keep it in his nature way, let do it!!!....you pave now, spend people's money. The next mayor that come, do you think he will put the same attention to keep paved; that trail paved every year?...I don't think so....no more project....the land will have another use, but not for the people of the Putnam Trail!!!!

Signature # 1174

August 15, 2012
2:25pm
Pat Brooklyn, NY

It's ridiculous to convert a nature trail into an asphalt 'roadway'. It's hard enough as it is to find suitable trails for running in the City. Leave the trails alone, please!

Signature # 1173

August 15, 2012
2:25pm
Lionel Bronx, NY

Why destroy a wonderful place to walk, run and be close to nature.
We love it the way it is, please leave it alone.

Signature # 1172

August 15, 2012
2:25pm
mark w pinckney Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1171

August 15, 2012
2:25pm
Kristy Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1170

August 15, 2012
11:33am
Pat Horne NY State Resident

New York City has plenty of asphalt and concrete. Let's leave the Putnam Trail as it is: unpaved and narrow. It will save money for taxpayers, decrease runoff and keep one of the city's natural gems undisturbed.

Signature # 1169

August 15, 2012
11:33am
Kristen Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Keep it green!

Signature # 1168

August 15, 2012
11:33am
taylor Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Keep the trail

Signature # 1167

August 15, 2012
11:33am
david lee Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1166

August 15, 2012
11:32am
Giovanni Canale Queens, NY

I love the natural soft feel of the Putnam trail. We already have enough concrete and asphalt in NYC.

Signature # 1165

August 14, 2012
4:00pm
Richard DeFino Bronx, NY

We have enough cement in the Bronx keep some green.

Signature # 1164

August 14, 2012
4:00pm
Lisa madden Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1163

August 14, 2012
4:00pm
Leatrice M. Jones Manhattan, NY

The Trail is fine the way it is. Why must it be disturbed?

Signature # 1162

August 14, 2012
3:59pm
Donnia Dunbar NY State Resident

I LOOOOVE this trail. I run this trail once a week for my long runs. I love the view. Please do not change anything about it. It's the BEST trail thus far in NY that i have run on.

Signature # 1161

August 14, 2012
1:25pm
Steven Waldman NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1160

August 14, 2012
1:25pm
Marshall Brown Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

It's a place a I look forward to the multiple times a year I come to NYC. Don't destroy what little we have remaining.

Signature # 1159

August 13, 2012
11:11pm
jim Bronx, NY

Natural areas have to preserved in NY city.
Looking back in many years time, it will be considered to be common sense!!!!

Signature # 1158

August 13, 2012
11:11pm
Kimako Jones Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

There is not enough green space in the boroughs. We need to preserve what we can.

Signature # 1157

August 13, 2012
10:41pm
Maria Reinares Queens, NY

Please, save the trail!!!

Signature # 1156

August 13, 2012
10:40pm
atsushi hamanaka Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Save the trail! It's a great place to run.

Signature # 1155

August 13, 2012
10:40pm
Denine Guy Manhattan, NY

Please save the trail! It is such a great place to go, for a nice long run.

Signature # 1154

August 13, 2012
10:40pm
Gail Manhattan, NY

Please save the trail!

Signature # 1153

August 13, 2012
7:43pm
Mike D.Skara Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please leave the park just as it is.

Signature # 1152

August 13, 2012
7:43pm
marjani hall Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1151

August 13, 2012
7:43pm
Angela King-Horne NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1150

August 13, 2012
7:42pm
Matt Strawn Brooklyn, NY

This trail is a treasure and a welcome escape from the countless miles of paved surfaces in the five boroughs.

Signature # 1149

August 13, 2012
7:42pm
Maggie Manhattan, NY

Please leave the trail alone!

Signature # 1148

August 13, 2012
3:09pm
Paul Fiore NY State Resident

Please save the trail !!! A great trail for a great city...

Signature # 1147

August 13, 2012
3:09pm
Noah Sheroff NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1146

August 13, 2012
3:09pm
John Sloane Manhattan, NY

The last thing citizens of the five boroughs are clamoring for is the paving over of the best rural trail remaing in the city. We have enough blacktop and concrete already. Let the people keep their last little piece of wooded wonderland, and let elected and appointed officials learn at whose pleasure they serve!

Signature # 1145

August 13, 2012
3:09pm
Eileen Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1144

August 13, 2012
3:09pm
Rob Fursich NY State Resident

keep the trail as is

Signature # 1143

August 13, 2012
3:09pm
Michael Elias Queens, NY

We need more trails not less. Look at how many people are getting run over running in the streets!!!!

Signature # 1142

August 13, 2012
11:37am
Rana Sindhikara Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please save the Putnam Trail!!

Signature # 1141

August 13, 2012
11:37am
Elizabeth Zhu Manhattan, NY

Save the trail and allow Holiday races!

Signature # 1140

August 13, 2012
11:37am
Paul Morris Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1139

August 13, 2012
9:34am
Kristine Kelley NY State Resident

Please save the trail!!!

Signature # 1138

August 13, 2012
9:34am
jan NY State Resident

save the trail

Signature # 1137

August 13, 2012
9:34am
EUGENE ATWOOD Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I have used the Putnam Trail since 1975 to train for cross country races, for track, for road races, and to run and walk just clear my head. There are a number of good paved surfaces where I could have done this. The great value of the trail is its natural state; where it is possible to forget for awhile that you are even in a big city. Please, please preserve the Putnam Trail in something close to its natural state.

Signature # 1136

August 13, 2012
9:33am
Diane Tiao Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 1135

August 13, 2012
9:33am
Jamie NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1134

August 13, 2012
9:33am
Toni NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1133

August 12, 2012
8:59pm
amanda Queens, NY

I literally drive from another borough 3 times a week just to run on this trail, because I love it so much. Sometimes when it rains I specifically go to this trail because I love running around the mud and puddles. If this area gets paved I will probably never go to Van Cortlandt park again...I will just go more often to the other, more natural, parks in the area, such as Forest Park. What a shame.

Signature # 1132

August 12, 2012
8:59pm
Gary Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 1131

August 12, 2012
3:29pm
David meek Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Work at marble hill school for environmental studies. Keep it natural!

Signature # 1130

August 12, 2012
3:29pm
Michael Magreta Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1129

August 12, 2012
3:28pm
Mary Rogan Bronx, NY

I just returned from a run on the Putnam Trail. The Bronx path, unpaved and a canopy of beautiful trees, was a delight to run on this hot day. As I crossed into Westchester, with a wider trail and black topped, my ankles began to hurt from the pounding and it was harder to breath because there was less tree shade and more sun. There is no comparison between the beauty of the Bronx trail and the road like feel of the Westchester trail. Losing that natural path is a real detriment to the environment, the park and the human spirit. As my father would say: "There is nothing worse than doing something well that should not have been done at all." The Bronx Putnam Trail is perfect as it is.

Signature # 1128

August 12, 2012
11:39am
Linna Queens, NY

Please do not destroy a natural haven; the trail is perfect the way it is. Don't spend unnecessary taxpayer money on this project; use it to improve the quality of life in a place that needs it!

Signature # 1127

August 12, 2012
11:39am
Cat O'Doherty Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1126

August 12, 2012
11:39am
Don Favre Manhattan, NY

Please listen to us.

Signature # 1125

August 12, 2012
11:39am
Robert Butler Manhattan, NY

Please don't pave over the Putnam Trail. Let's keep what little of nature we have left in the city in a natural state. We have enough asphalt as it is.

Signature # 1124

August 12, 2012
11:39am
Tiffany Ivory Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1123

August 12, 2012
11:39am
matt barker Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1122

August 12, 2012
11:39am
Tessa Benau Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1121

August 11, 2012
9:42pm
Alex Diamantis Bronx, NY

Don't waste tax payer money to give us something no one wants.

Signature # 1120

August 11, 2012
9:42pm
kendra bolt Bronx, NY

Its unpaved trail sets this park apart from the rest, and is the primary reason for my visits. Why homogenize our parks and take away a big part of what makes this one so special?

Signature # 1119

August 11, 2012
9:42pm
Elizabeth M. Terry Manhattan, NY

As the 2nd place female finisher of the 2011 Labor Day Marathon, who attended Mount Hope Elementary School in the Bronx as a 2nd grade student & seven-year-old in Ms. Cello's class, I really support everyone's effort to save Putnam Trail.

Signature # 1118

August 11, 2012
9:42pm
Karina Christiansen NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1117

August 11, 2012
1:06pm
Joey S. Manhattan, NY

Don't pave the trail. It's perfect the way it is.

Signature # 1116

August 11, 2012
1:06pm
Keira Rakoff NY State Resident

Save the trail!!! NY needs trails like this

Signature # 1115

August 11, 2012
11:23am
Frank L Bronx, NY

Save the trail or I won't vote for you

Signature # 1114

August 11, 2012
11:23am
Laura Neely NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1113

August 11, 2012
12:51am
JAQUAN Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1112

August 11, 2012
12:51am
Diahann Sturge Bronx, NY

I love running this trail it is so beautiful and peaceful. It would be a shame not to be able to run there anymore. It would be a shame to pave it. It would only ruin it.

Signature # 1111

August 10, 2012
5:37pm
John Zarella Brooklyn, NY

Stop messing with things that aren't broken. Pave the pot holes on the BQE and the exit ramp off the brooklyn bridge. Any changes made to the trail are not needed. Put resources to work on some of the items i've mentioned.

Signature # 1110

August 10, 2012
5:37pm
Jack Pilla Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1109

August 10, 2012
5:36pm
Jennifer Davino Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1108

August 10, 2012
10:49am
Larry Phillips NY State Resident

Leave the trail alone there is enough cemented enities around all ready

Signature # 1107

August 10, 2012
10:27am
Rose Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1106

August 10, 2012
10:27am
Elana stern Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1105

August 9, 2012
11:29pm
Kathleen Hughes Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1104

August 9, 2012
11:29pm
MC Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1103

August 9, 2012
11:29pm
Craig Goldberg NY State Resident

Save the Trail! There is no need to pave it.

Signature # 1102

August 9, 2012
11:29pm
Danielle Bronx, NY

I've been running in Van Cortland since I was 7 years old - that was 25 years ago. I have always loved the fact that the Putnam trail was a true woods trail in the middle of the Bronx - an escape from the concrete jungle. DO NOT pave this beauty!

Signature # 1101

August 9, 2012
11:29pm
Pete Pera Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

It is a special place for me and my girlfriend.

Signature # 1100

August 9, 2012
12:25pm
Krista Giffin Manhattan, NY

This trail is one of the few places in the city where one can truly experience the beauty of nature. I've had some of the most glorious moments in my life running on it. Please do not pave it! The community does not want it paved. Do not use our tax dollars in a way that is incongruous with our needs and desires. Thank you!

Krista Giffin

Signature # 1099

August 9, 2012
12:25pm
Endor Fin Manhattan, NY

As an active volunteer in the community, as well as (small,) financial-donor, and as an active trail-runner, I urge you to please save the Putnam Trail.

Further -- I also own and operate a small concrete & stone company -- which means I am always looking to increase my business through newer and bigger contracts. But this is one project that if I was offered, I would have to decline. Some projects should not be built. This is one of them.

Please take this legitimate, credentialed petition seriously. We don't need another paved area in the city, we need nature-trails in the city!

Signature # 1098

August 9, 2012
12:25pm
Cathy G Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1097

August 8, 2012
11:55pm
Christine Dunnery NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1096

August 8, 2012
11:55pm
Chris Ekstrom Bronx, NY

I've recently returned to the Bronx after living in Brooklyn for a year where I developed knee problems from running on asphalt. A lot of people depend on the Putnam trail to stay healthy. Please don't pave my trail.

Signature # 1095

August 8, 2012
11:55pm
david redline Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1094

August 8, 2012
4:47pm
jackie broder NY State Resident

I lived and worked in VC for 8 years, that trail is perfect the way it is. I have bad knees and love that trail because asphalt kills me, leave it alone!

Signature # 1093

August 8, 2012
4:47pm
Deborah Mosko NY State Resident

Save the trail!!

Signature # 1092

August 8, 2012
11:23am
David Goldberg Manhattan, NY

The Putnam Trail is an invaluable resource for New Yorkers that should be preserved!

Signature # 1091

August 8, 2012
11:23am
carla NY State Resident

use the funds to plow existing paved paths- bronx river & north/south county trailways- in winter.

Signature # 1090

August 8, 2012
11:23am
Daisy Dominguez NY State Resident

I miss the holiday marathons and hope you reconsider paving the trail.

Signature # 1089

August 8, 2012
10:30am
Carl Stones Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

We've already got enough asphalt.

Signature # 1088

August 7, 2012
9:37pm
Anne Doherty Bronx, NY

Preserve the trail as it is...we need more green space that is closer to its natural state, not less.

Signature # 1087

August 7, 2012
2:52pm
ariana gailie NY State Resident

Paved trails are too common. Preserve nature!

Signature # 1086

August 7, 2012
2:52pm
David Farquhar Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

From my many years in the area and numerous fellow runners (Taconic Road Runners Club from 1979) I'm very much concerned that the Putnam Trail will be spoiled by the proposed "improvements". Don't let it happen! David Farquhar

Signature # 1085

August 7, 2012
2:52pm
Jim McQueeney Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Preserve the trail in its present, unpaved condition.

Signature # 1084

August 7, 2012
2:51pm
adam einhorn NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1083

August 7, 2012
2:51pm
Anthony D'Agostino Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1082

August 7, 2012
2:51pm
Andrea Gallego Queens, NY

SAVE THE TRAIL!!!!!!!!!

Signature # 1081

August 7, 2012
2:51pm
Brian NY State Resident

Save the trail!

Signature # 1080

August 7, 2012
9:57am
yuri esperson Queens, NY

save it natural

Signature # 1079

August 7, 2012
9:57am
Eric Schoenfeld NY State Resident

Keep the trail as it was made. You can't improve on natural beauty.

Signature # 1078

August 6, 2012
1:23pm
David Ortiz Bronx, NY

Nature is expected to maintain its most natural form. Please save the trail and do not pave it. Thank you!

Signature # 1077

August 6, 2012
1:23pm
Norma Samame Brooklyn, NY

Keep the original beauty of the park - there is no need for asphalt in this section of Van Cortlandt!

Signature # 1076

August 6, 2012
1:23pm
C. Drake Brooklyn, NY

Please keep the Putnam Trail. It is one of the best hiking and running trails in the city. As city dwellers, we need all the trees we have! After last year's storms, can we really be discussing taking trees down to lay asphalt?

Signature # 1075

August 6, 2012
1:23pm
claude Meliarene Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1074

August 6, 2012
1:23pm
Gary Corbitt Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please save this historic treasure.

Signature # 1073

August 6, 2012
10:00am
Angelina NY State Resident

I want to save the Putnam Trail because I love to run there.

Signature # 1072

August 5, 2012
5:51pm
Ray Schwartz Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1071

August 5, 2012
5:51pm
Alan Dule Bronx, NY

Please don't pave over one of the few nature trails in NYC

Signature # 1070

August 5, 2012
5:51pm
David A Brown Manhattan, NY

Please leave it the way it is!!

I travel all the way from lower Manhattan to run on these unique trails

Signature # 1069

August 5, 2012
5:50pm
Ingrid Hagard Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1068

August 5, 2012
5:50pm
Samantha G Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1067

August 5, 2012
5:50pm
Jonathan Stark Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1066

August 5, 2012
5:49pm
sally Brooklyn, NY

Save the Putnam Trail

Signature # 1065

August 5, 2012
5:49pm
Noémie Bonnet NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1064

August 4, 2012
4:36pm
Steven Lee Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1063

August 4, 2012
4:36pm
Stacey Skole Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1062

August 4, 2012
4:36pm
Sean Thomas Manhattan, NY

Please save this wonderful trail. There are enough paved parks, why not leave a few with natural trails so the people who wish to enjoy them may.

Signature # 1061

August 4, 2012
4:36pm
Michael Gross Queens, NY

Please keep this natural. No need to pave this.

Signature # 1060

August 3, 2012
5:36pm
Rebecca Rens Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

N.Y.City Mayor Bloomberg NYC Parks Dept., elected officials, community planning boards,

Please save the Putnam Trail for nature lovers, hikers, birders, conservation-minded people, runners, cyclists and members of the Bronx and wider communities.

Signature # 1059

August 3, 2012
5:36pm
Robert Anastasio NY State Resident

I am a long time user of this trail. It is one of the few natural running paths of any length in the NYC area. It would be a shame if this becomes yet another asphalt path in the city.

Signature # 1058

August 3, 2012
5:36pm
MM Erich Bronx, NY

Save the Putnam Trail

Signature # 1057

August 3, 2012
5:35pm
Wei Chen Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1056

August 3, 2012
5:35pm
Timothy Reed Brooklyn, NY

I agree with this earlier comment: It’s not progress to cut down trees in order to create an asphalt-paved, highway-sized lane that bikes can speed through. Quiet, low-key green spaces are a precious urban resource that should be preserved. Whoever recommends cutting down old-growth trees to “improve” the park should stop and consider how that sounds.

Signature # 1055

August 3, 2012
5:35pm
Barry Serber Bronx, NY

Please save this trail!

Signature # 1054

August 3, 2012
11:03am
Nicole Carpiniello NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1053

August 3, 2012
11:03am
Eileen O'Leary NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1052

August 3, 2012
11:03am
Tom Westmoreland NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1051

August 3, 2012
11:03am
Ravi Chander Manhattan, NY

I love this trail.

Signature # 1050

August 3, 2012
11:03am
Marie Finamore Brooklyn, NY

It’s not progress to cut down trees in order to create an asphalt-paved, highway-sized lane that bikes can speed through. Quiet, low-key green spaces are a precious urban resource that should be preserved. Whoever recommends cutting down old-growth trees to “improve” the park should stop and consider how that sounds.

Signature # 1049

August 3, 2012
11:03am
Eleanor Dugan Staten Island, NY

The Screw-up fairy must be on the planning staff of the NYC Parks & Recreation

Signature # 1048

August 3, 2012
12:35am
Rory Hooker Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Keep the trail environmentally safe for all and user friendly.

Signature # 1047

August 3, 2012
12:35am
Julie Cianci NY State Resident

Save the Putnam Trail. I have walked thru and it would be a disgrace to ruin such a beautiful part of nature.

Signature # 1046

August 3, 2012
12:34am
Robin Lepak Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 1045

August 2, 2012
7:15pm
Paul Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

The Putnam Trail offers a respite from the concrete monotony that NYC can be. It's a beautiful path and ought to remain unaltered!

Signature # 1044

August 2, 2012
3:21pm
Majeed Rahman Brooklyn, NY

I love to walk this trail and I want to preserve it in the present condition.

Signature # 1043

August 2, 2012
3:21pm
Mollie Bruhn NY State Resident

Save the trail!

Signature # 1042

August 2, 2012
3:21pm
Denis Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1041

August 2, 2012
3:21pm
Josh Paris Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1040

August 1, 2012
11:13pm
dinda evans Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I was born in NY and loved what open spaces and forests there were...Please save them including this one..there are excesses of sprawl, roads, malls and little nature for other species and our own serenity

Signature # 1039

August 1, 2012
11:13pm
Dean Capote NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1038

August 1, 2012
11:13pm
Sean Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1037

August 1, 2012
11:12pm
Kippy Bronx, NY

Take all the trees put 'em in a tree museum
Charge all the people a dollar and a half just to see 'em
Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you got till it's gone
Pave "Paradise" put up a parking lot.

Signature # 1036

August 1, 2012
11:12pm
Kirsten Andersen NY State Resident

Please leave the Putnam Trail as it is; it has a beautiful rural quality. In addition, anything involving the destruction of trees should be avoided!

Signature # 1035

August 1, 2012
11:11pm
Darren Marelli Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 1034

August 1, 2012
10:19am
Howard Kestenbaum NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 1033

August 1, 2012
10:19am
John Huvane Bronx, NY

Please do not pave this trail. It is such a nice change of pace to run on something other than concrete and asphalt in this area. It's great appeal is that it's unique with it's natural feel (even though it's an old railroad right of way). As you run north on this path into Yonkers, toward Tibbetts Brook Park, the trail turns into a wide asphalt roadway, and becomes like any other "rails-to-trails" path you find elsewhere. Please preserve the unique character of this portion of the putnam trail. Thanks.

Signature # 1032

August 1, 2012
10:19am
George hirsch Manhattan, NY

I have been to Van Cortlandt Park as a runner and spectator over many years and feel strongly that the Putnam Trail should not be paved over. It will not benefit the users of the Park and this money can be used in countless meaningful ways.

Signature # 1031

August 1, 2012
10:18am
tim compton Bronx, NY

paving over nature is like putting a mustache on a painting of the mona lisa...

Signature # 1030

August 1, 2012
10:17am
Warren Lugo Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1029

August 1, 2012
10:17am
Frank Wassner Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I find it difficult to understand why the city of New York wants to spend so much money to pave this beautiful trail when a much less expensive stone-dust surface will serve all users, and at the same time, preserve the setting that makes this trail such a prize for the city.

Signature # 1028

August 1, 2012
10:16am
Patti Hagan Brooklyn, NY

Please, NYC Parks Dept., do not waste scarce tax dollars on this environmentally destructive, totally unnecessary, unneeded, unwanted widening & paving of the Putnam Trail -- yet another expensive bad idea from the Everlasting Bloomberg Mayoralty. Save habitat, trees, dollar$. NYC Parks: Don't do it!
Patti Hagan, Brooklyn, NY

Signature # 1027

August 1, 2012
10:16am
Nelson L Queens, NY

Just another WASTEFUL government program pushing Sustainable Development. Just because the money is available doesn't mean it should be spent, especially when the expenditure means destroying something useful and enjoyed in favor of something useless and unwanted.

Signature # 1026

July 31, 2012
4:09pm
Nancy Swanson Bronx, NY

If it's not broke, don't fix it!!!! Leave it be!

Signature # 1025

July 31, 2012
4:09pm
george rodriguez Bronx, NY

don't mess with "MOTHER NATURE"!!

Signature # 1024

July 31, 2012
4:08pm
Mike K Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Listen to the people and save money/time...some things are better off left alone, espeically a natural trail.

Signature # 1023

July 31, 2012
12:50pm
Joel appelbaum Bronx, NY

Keep nature alive.

Signature # 1022

July 31, 2012
12:15pm
Kevin Shelton-Smith Bronx, NY

People love this trail as it is for its gentle blending with nature.

Signature # 1021

July 31, 2012
12:15pm
Jack Wenger Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1020

July 31, 2012
12:15pm
Robert Simmons NY State Resident

This is a nature trail that I frequent and this one section of the Putnam trail should not be paved.

Signature # 1019

July 31, 2012
11:00am
Sarah Pollack Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 1018

July 31, 2012
11:00am
Dennis Burns Bronx, NY

There are not many places left,where one can run on natural Earth. Let's not pave over this one.

Signature # 1017

July 31, 2012
11:00am
Duilio Palmieri Bronx, NY

Please keep the trail as it is.

Signature # 1016

July 31, 2012
11:00am
Heather Laurel Queens, NY

Please do not pave over this rare and fabulous New York City trail!

Signature # 1015

July 31, 2012
11:00am
Jonathan Stenger Manhattan, NY

Please preserve this beautiful and cherished trail. The benefits sought by those seeking to pave this trail with asphalt can better be achieved through other methods. Let's work together to connect this trail with the remaining Putnam right of way all the way down through Kingsbridge, and into the neighborhoods that want, and need, better recreation options. Asphalt paving does not need to be part of that solution.

Signature # 1014

July 31, 2012
11:00am
Hannah Lipman Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1013

July 31, 2012
11:00am
jeff Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

keep the trail as it is now.

Signature # 1012

July 31, 2012
11:00am
Julia NY State Resident

I am an avid runner. i feel that this trail belongs to those who want to better their lives and run.

Signature # 1011

July 31, 2012
11:00am
Arnold Gore Manhattan, NY

It is a rare pleasure to escape the confines of the Asphalt Jungle surrounding us and playing host to the major part of our day. We need a brief but complete escape to enjoy the natural shelter of one of the last remaining refuges in this most highly developed cityscape. Why waste precious taxpayer funds to deliberately destroy natural parkland. How ironic, the original reason for the extraordinary state grant of funds for "park improvements" was based on the attempt to compensate for the city's "alienation of parkland" sacrificed by the Northwest Bronx residents due to the siting of the water filtration plant erected in Van Cortlandt Park on what used to be the driving range and before that the first hole of the Mosholu Golf Course.

Signature # 1010

July 28, 2012
1:07pm
Ronnie Scharfman Bronx, NY

It's so precious!

Signature # 1009

July 28, 2012
1:07pm
gene grabiner NY State Resident

FOR THE PUTNAM TRAIL

There is yet a refuge in the grass
If only we listen to these green stories
These humming buzzing lives.
Even in the cracks of city sidewalks, Brooklyn wears
Verdure, the Bronx still flowers. These days
We feel such a tenuous
Verdant edge; but,
There is a green that has concocted
Escape from developers’ dozers
Escape from
Under this mayor’s custom soles.
O Walt, we are the leaves
You sang. This grass is thickening, we will
Block the weeds.

Gene Grabiner

Signature # 1008

July 24, 2012
10:34pm
Veronica Brozowski Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1007

July 24, 2012
10:34pm
Martha Weston NY State Resident

DO THE LEAST HARM! Please resurface with rock dust. Not only is it water permeable, similar in maintenance cost to asphalt, but keeps bike speeds down. Most important it does not require the very extensive tree clearing and cutting.

Signature # 1006

July 24, 2012
10:33pm
Francis Chapman Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1005

July 24, 2012
10:32pm
Linda Brooklyn, NY

I love the trail and run on it when I can. I'm a VCTC member and have signed the petition to save the trail.
My best to Mikes and all fighting the good fight.
Linda Norton

Signature # 1004

July 23, 2012
1:13pm
Ben Lubin Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1003

July 23, 2012
1:13pm
Wendy Lubin Bronx, NY

Please save the trees and the natural beauty of our parks. Please save the expense. Please listen to the people who enjoy nature and preservation, and please do not do unnecessary irrevocable damage.

Signature # 1002

July 22, 2012
3:58pm
Jose Manhattan, NY

Don't destroy the trail!

Signature # 1001

July 22, 2012
3:57pm
luisa Bronx, NY

Please don't destroy the trail. It's my family's form of escape from the fast pace of the city. It is truly the main reason why we were attracted to move into the Riverdale area!

Signature # 1000

July 22, 2012
3:55pm
Jennifer Bronx, NY

Please do not disturb the Putnam Trail. It is a natural oasis for humans and wildlife alike. As a former trail intern for Friends of Van Cortlandt I know about the many dangers facing the trail such as invasive species, non-native species and weeds. Please do not cut down trees. There is no chance for the new trees if we are cutting down older trees. What is the point of having a new tree planting initiative in urban areas if we are cutting trees down on this trail?

Signature # 999

July 22, 2012
3:52pm
J C Carol Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 998

July 22, 2012
3:52pm
diane Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 997

July 22, 2012
3:52pm
Jose R. Del Valle Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 996

July 22, 2012
3:51pm
Eileen Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 995

July 18, 2012
11:28am
Nicole Mathison Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 994

July 16, 2012
3:10pm
Bart Kalnay Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please don't pave the trail!

Signature # 993

July 16, 2012
3:10pm
daan uiterwyk Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

do not let the parks dept ruin another part of the city

Signature # 992

July 14, 2012
9:56pm
Kimberlee Piper Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 991

July 14, 2012
9:56pm
Josh Jacobs Bronx, NY

Please don't make the trail a road.

Signature # 990

July 14, 2012
9:56pm
Jason Jones Bronx, NY

Please help save our environment and the natural beauty of the trail!

Signature # 989

July 8, 2012
1:27pm
Melody J™ Bronx, NY

I hike here every day, please don't destroy it!

Signature # 988

July 5, 2012
1:27pm
Tammy Kohlschmidt Bronx, NY

Please leave the trail as it is. We need nature as wild as it can be. There is enough concrete and signs of development.

Signature # 987

July 5, 2012
1:27pm
Marcelo Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 986

July 5, 2012
1:26pm
Angie Bronx, NY

Stop destroying nature in the name of progress - Many people enjoy and rely on the Putnam trail and there is no reason for it to be ruined.

Signature # 985

July 5, 2012
1:26pm
Basilios Pipinos Bronx, NY

Save Tax dollars for useful things and leave the trail alone so that other generations can enjoy it as well.

Signature # 984

July 3, 2012
10:13am
Jim Buckley NY State Resident

Keep the trail as it is.

Signature # 983

July 3, 2012
10:13am
Matthew Mejia Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 982

July 3, 2012
10:12am
Daniel Mejia Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 981

July 3, 2012
10:12am
Rachel Mejia Bronx, NY

I go on this trail often because it is an oasis in this concrete city we live in. It is one of the few shaded, non-paved areas left around here. The overlapping trees add a therapeutic quality to the trail, which would be lost if it was expanded. Aside from that, it is one of the few places that myself and others can jog and walk because it is not paved. It is better for the knee and ankle joints to jog/walk/run on dirt surfaces because it has more give than pavement. We need to keep the trail as is; there are plenty of other paved, sun-scorched areas for exercise.

Signature # 980

July 1, 2012
7:17pm
Yossi Rosen Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 979

July 1, 2012
7:16pm
Jodie barbash Bronx, NY

Why ruin this lovely trail?

Signature # 978

July 1, 2012
7:16pm
Colleen Spilka Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 977

June 28, 2012
4:06pm
Richard Helfman Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 976

June 28, 2012
4:06pm
Maureen Madigan Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 975

June 28, 2012
4:06pm
gene grabiner NY State Resident

Please save the Putnam Trail. Keep it just as it is. Bronx residents have precious little natural beauty apart from the Park, and this exceptionally special trail. The Putnam Trail should not be sacrificed so that bicyclists from Westchester might have therir own corridor to Manhattan.

Signature # 974

June 28, 2012
4:05pm
James O'BrienManhattan, NY

Paving has made so many beautiful trails off limits to walkers, runners and those who enjoy the tranquility of a nature trail. I sincerely hope the Putnam Trail does not become the next casualty.

Signature # 973

June 28, 2012
4:05pm
Dr. Madeline Pincus Bronx, NY

Going to the woods or park should stay a natural experience. Paving a walkway destroys the interaction of human beings with the earth. This is an important part of the therapeutic experience of nature. Thank you.

Signature # 972

June 26, 2012
8:42pm
Raymond Yee Bronx, NY

I reside in Van Cortlandt Village, and favor a green environment. I also want people to know that NYC DEP is planning on cutting the park trees on the Jerome Park Reservoir that also must be saved! There is NO reason for this since they lie out on the outer fence.

Signature # 971

June 26, 2012
8:41pm
Mary S. Montalvo Manhattan, NY

Although legally I live in Manhattan, I actually live on Marble Hill and have frequently walked with my family through Van Cortlandt Park including the Putnam Trail and would hate for the trail to be modernized thus losing its natural aura. Life on the trail is not a race to an end but rather a graceful combination of nature and history.

Signature # 970

June 26, 2012
8:40pm
Abel Coradin Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 969

June 25, 2012
4:47pm
Kim Kuzmenko Bronx, NY

All that money and you want to "pave paradise and put up an interstate lane"??
There are cheaper, greener alternatives.
Have you even been to this oasis of ours? Asphalt, removing so many trees will make it not so much of a paradise for either people OR animals.
Please reconsider the current plan.
Kim Kuzmenko

Signature # 968

June 25, 2012
4:47pm
Terence Main Bronx, NY

Please don’t change Putnam Trail. It is SUCH a haven of wildlife in our community. To think of putting asphalt wider than the lane of an interstate highway sickens me. Now it is a calm and cooling place for community residents. Imagine ASPHALT on a hot day; or ANY day for that matter.
I’m not sure that you have visited this little oasis of ours. I go there several times a week. If you had seen how great this place is I strongly believe that you would re-consider what I consider to be a very non-green plan and ugly at that.
I beg that you make some phone calls, poll the community before you do something so very drastic to one of few remaining natural landscapes in the City.

Sincerely,
Terence Main

Signature # 967

June 25, 2012
4:46pm
Louise O'Boyle Bronx, NY

When all the natural wonder is gone- someone (years from now)will say- WHY? WHY? did we NOT preserve it. Putnam Trails are important for today and always.
PLEASE-PLEASE- KEEP IT AS IT IS....BEING A bIG CITY W/ TALL SKYSCRAPERS - WE NEED TO APPRECIATE NATURE IN OUR FREE TIME.....The Trails cAN calm the stress of everyday life....

Signature # 966

June 25, 2012
4:45pm
December Bails Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 965

June 25, 2012
4:45pm
Walter Greenwood Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 964

June 25, 2012
4:44pm
Michael O'Boyle Bronx, NY

This is INSANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!! This trail is one of the crown jewels of Van Cortlandt Park and NYC. Tell me when we are protesting this. I will be there.

We must stop this at all costs. I run that trail all the time. When I get to the Westchester border. I turn around and come back. What a disappointment that is up there.

This trail is inspiring and such a valuable resource that all park goers should stand up for it.

Signature # 963

June 25, 2012
4:43pm
Monica Garcia Manhattan, NY

Please keep the nature trail in Van Cortlandt Park. It gives new yorkers the feeling of being outdoors. Please do not reduce the number of forest trail runs in the city. We need more environmentally-friendly options. Thank you!

Signature # 962

June 25, 2012
4:43pm
Gerald Cohen NY State Resident

I live in Yonkers, just over the border from the Bronx, and use the trails in Van Cortlandt Park for walking 4-5 times a week. Trails such as the Putnam Trail are a vital part of the parks system, giving a place of true connection with nature in the midst of city life. The proposed plan of Save the Putnam Trail meets the needs of the many users of the parks without destroying trees and the natural beauty of the area. I strongly urge the Parks Department to follow this plan; paving and widening the trail would be very detrimental to the experience of so many that use the park.

Signature # 961

June 25, 2012
4:42pm
Aileen Kilcommons Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 960

June 23, 2012
11:04pm
Jason Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 959

June 23, 2012
11:04pm
Kisha Bronx, NY

This nature trail in it's current condition is the only place within the nyc area that makes me feel immersed in a natural habitat. We need natural rugged places of beauty that haven't been altered by humanity so that we can learn to truly appreciate nature as it is.

Signature # 958

June 23, 2012
11:04pm
Shira Silverman Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 957

June 23, 2012
11:04pm
Joan Mulvihill Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 956

June 23, 2012
11:03pm
Brian O'Connor Bronx, NY

To Whom it May Concern,

I have long enjoyed the natural beauty of Van Cortlandt Park, as I live but a few blocks away from its southern entrance. I spend many of my afternoons in the park running, walking and biking. It has kept me living in my neighborhood for almost eight years so far.

I am extremely concerned about the Putnam Trail expansion. The cost of conducting a project such as this, with the environmental impact it will undoubtedly have on the trail, make this a very concerning project to me. I run the Putnam Trail at least four times a week and if it were to be paved, this would prevent me from running safely, with the anticipated volume of bikers who would use the widened path.

I fail to understand why other, less environmentally-damaging surfaces cannot be used and why the vast number of trees need to be cut in order to go ahead with the planned changes. I urge you to listen to your constituents and revise your plans for this gem of a trail.

Signature # 955

June 21, 2012
11:32pm
nevio dobry Queens, NY

Just don't do it. Its perfect the way it is.
The natural way.

Signature # 954

June 21, 2012
11:32pm
GEORGE WEINER NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 953

June 21, 2012
11:31pm
Paula Sinclair, M.D. Bronx, NY

There are few places in New York City that are as special as its parks. They provide a bit of nature, a restfulness, and an appreciation of life that we all need. Your plans for expanding and paving the Putnam Trial go against those very values, which are the values that created our parks in the first place. Please reconsider. Listen to the voices of those who use and enjoy the trails!

Signature # 952

June 21, 2012
11:31pm
Thomas May Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 951

June 21, 2012
11:30pm
Alma Bronx, NY

Please do not pave the putnam trail. A lot of young runners use it for training and it is better for them to train on a natural surface.

Signature # 950

June 20, 2012
10:14am
Bernard Goldray Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 949

June 20, 2012
10:14am
nicole wolf Bronx, NY

Pls take care to leave the trail as inconspicuous as possible. WE are OVERPAVED here in the Bronx. PLEASE let nature breathe!

Signature # 948

June 20, 2012
10:13am
Suleiman Rifai Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 947

June 20, 2012
10:13am
Dan Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 946

June 20, 2012
10:13am
Rachel Stern NY State Resident

Why waste money paving a trail? Trails are the best surface for training and they're so much more beautiful.

Signature # 945

June 19, 2012
4:51pm
Mary McGrath Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 944

June 19, 2012
4:51pm
Matt Kmetz NY State Resident

Please do not pave this trail.

Signature # 943

June 19, 2012
4:50pm
leslie decatur Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 942

June 19, 2012
4:50pm
Carrie Manhattan, NY

There's no need to pave the trail. Please help preserve an area of sanctuary.

Signature # 941

June 19, 2012
4:49pm
Matthew Laurie Bronx, NY

There is absolutely ZERO reason to pave this path. There is nothing wrong with the way it is now. You will be spending/wasting money on a project that does not have to be done in the first place. I, along with hundreds of other locals...run, train, and compete in the Putnam Trail and if you close it for unnecessary construction, you're only going to create more of a burden for us. Do us all a favor and please don't pave the trail. Thanks.

Signature # 940

June 18, 2012
11:22am
Sarah Bronx, NY

I run on this trail every day and I love it. Please leave it unpaved.

Signature # 939

June 18, 2012
11:22am
amariliz Bronx, NY

Please save the trail.

Signature # 938

June 18, 2012
11:22am
Mat NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 937

June 18, 2012
11:22am
Ryan Davis Manhattan, NY

The trail is perfect as it is. There's no need to widen it, and especially no need to pave it.

Signature # 936

June 17, 2012
5:05pm
Hilary Russ Manhattan, NY

The number of people who would benefit from keeping this trail as is -- or from minimally invasive upgrades -- must outweigh by far the number of people who would benefit from paving and widening it. Please don't ruin something that is nearly perfect as it is with some wrongheaded plan. It is an extremely unique place. Why not just market that? Why mess it all up?

Signature # 935

June 17, 2012
5:05pm
Alex Pirko Bronx, NY

Nature before pavement.

Signature # 934

June 17, 2012
1:32pm
Mary Ann Castle Bronx, NY

If you want a bike trail--take some of the Western part of the GOLF COURSE--that few Bronxites use-- and make it into a bike trail.

Leave the Putnam Trail as it is---old trees that provide shade and flowers--rustic nature--there is no need to make substantial changes.

Signature # 933

June 17, 2012
1:32pm
Spasiuk Bronx, NY

Doomberg leave the city alone.

Signature # 932

June 17, 2012
1:31pm
Tracy Tong NY State Resident

Please keep the trail as is!

Signature # 931

June 17, 2012
1:31pm
Greg Salamone Bronx, NY

Trails should never be paved.

Signature # 930

June 16, 2012
4:19pm
hugh p murray Bronx, NY

leave alone.ive been living in kingsbridge all my life and using the park for over 50 years for sports,walking & biking through the trail. it's just too nice & natural to mess with.

Signature # 929

June 16, 2012
4:17pm
Anthony Ortiz Bronx, NY

Why try to fix something that isnt broken....the trail is a testament to how society and nature can coexist.

Signature # 928

June 16, 2012
4:17pm
Daniel Rapcienski Brooklyn, NY

Livin' in a concrete jungle. It's one of the few places we have left!

Signature # 927

June 16, 2012
4:16pm
Lymibeth Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 926

June 16, 2012
4:16pm
Sheilyn Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 925

June 16, 2012
4:15pm
Suzie NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 924

June 14, 2012
5:54pm
JENNIFER ESTEVES Bronx, NY

PLEASE KEEP THE PUTNAM TRAIL AS IS. IT IS TRULY A JEWEL. VCP NEEDS TO BE PRESERVED.

Signature # 923

June 14, 2012
5:54pm
george rodriguez Bronx, NY

save the last of our natural habitats!!!

Signature # 922

June 14, 2012
5:53pm
Jose Burgos Bronx, NY

As a runner I have to point out how research suggests unpaved and uneven ground has shown to strengthen your lower legs. As for widening the path, the narrow path provides a psychological benefit by energizing those who use it by keeping us close to nature.

Signature # 921

June 13, 2012
8:58am
LeksH Bronx, NY

Pl. Save this trail as it is

Signature # 920

June 12, 2012
6:45pm
Theo Figueroa Bronx, NY

Save the historic trail in van Cortlandt Park.
Stop the paving of this natural oasis in the Bronx! Keep it natural! Keep it green!

Signature # 919

June 12, 2012
6:44pm
Ramesh& lekshmi bahl Bronx, NY

Pl. Leave the trail in the most natural way except cleaning etc.

Signature # 918

June 12, 2012
6:44pm
Naomi Werne Queens, NY

Please do not pave a trail. It is crucial for all in this great city to communicate with nature.

Signature # 917

June 12, 2012
6:44pm
Filip Condeescu Bronx, NY

When my father passed away 5 years ago, I was not there. That morning when I received the shocking call that he was gone, at 5am in the morning, I went into Van Cortlandt park and walked on this very path as tears were falling down my face. Somehow being surrounded by all those trees, with nothing but the soil and the plants and the wood, made me feel slightly closer to him than I felt otherwise. I am urging you, PLEASE, PLEASE do not take this oasis of beauty away from us by chopping down the trees and separating us from the very earth in between them!! We are already lost in the concrete jungle and the desert of dust and pollution that is NYC!!!

Signature # 916

June 12, 2012
6:43pm
Noemi Baez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 915

June 12, 2012
6:43pm
Leoties Paredes Bronx, NY

So we're spending tax payer money and destroying the environment? This doesn't sound like a winning situation to me! Keep the peace and rethink your decisions!

Signature # 914

June 12, 2012
6:43pm
Odette Wilkens Queens, NY

This will be disastrous for the park.

Signature # 913

June 10, 2012
4:10pm
Kathleen Murray Bronx, NY

Preserve the natural beauty of the park. Save the trail. Do not cut down trees.

Signature # 912

June 10, 2012
4:09pm
Christine Walsh Manhattan, NY

Please don't pave our trail! There is enough pavement in NYC.

Signature # 911

June 10, 2012
4:09pm
Mariann Sullivan Manhattan, NY

Please don't pave the Putnam trail.

Signature # 910

June 10, 2012
4:09pm
Sara Tantillo Bronx, NY

Please do not change the trail. It is such a gift from the hard city streets.

Signature # 909

June 10, 2012
4:08pm
Rich Greenberg Brooklyn, NY

Surely the city has more pressing concerns -- for example children's programs that need the funds -- than this project that would spoil one of the most unpretentious, accessible, refreshing things about the Bronx.

"They paved paradise, put up a parking lot."
- Joni Mitchell, from a song of the same name.

Signature # 908

June 10, 2012
4:08pm
Bob Milgrom Bronx, NY

If we don't act, they'll cover God's green earth with concrete and barbed wire.

Signature # 907

June 10, 2012
4:08pm
Jacqueline Kuhls Bronx, NY

As a regular in VC Park, I say Yes to the 8ft wide trail with stone dust surface. The 15'wide asphalt "trail" proposal defies common sense...C'mon NYCParks - follow the "Save the Putnam Trail" recommendations!

Signature # 906

June 10, 2012
4:07pm
Doris Maat Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 905

June 10, 2012
4:07pm
Scott Tyson NY State Resident

I only recently discovered the Putnam Trail in the course of videotaping for a movie that I made about the abandoned railroad that once ran along the trail. Without question, the city's plan to "improve" the trail by widening it and paving it over leaves much to be desired.

Signature # 904

June 4, 2012
4:33pm
Alexandra Aylward Manhattan, NY

Please do not remove one the few real dirt trails in NYC.

Signature # 903

June 4, 2012
4:33pm
A Goldfeder Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 902

June 3, 2012
10:47am
Jeannette Sanderson NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 901

June 3, 2012
10:46am
Riccel Kouns NY State Resident

The trail cannot be destroyed. The muddy trail that connects Yonkers to the Bronx is a relief from the concrete. I am a runner foremost but also a biker and I can easily move through the mud, roots, and rocks that up the path. As a self proclaimed treehugger, I must say that you would be destroying the homes of thousands of creatures and plants. Hundreds of people walk that path everyday and they are content with how it is now. Its a wooded, serene, and beautiful area. Paving Putnam would be a waste of money and you would be ruining the trail that everyone loves. SAVE THE TRAIL!!!!!

Signature # 900

June 3, 2012
10:46am
Jean DesjardinsManhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 899

June 2, 2012
6:24pm
John Chambers Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 898

June 2, 2012
6:24pm
lisa San Felice Bronx, NY

To someone who lives next to the park, is a nature lover, and uses the park all of the time as a hiker, runner and bicyclist, this is a beauty! To remove trees and pave the trail would only be destructive to the park and those of us who use and respect it the way it is.

Signature # 897

June 2, 2012
3:12pm
Nick Chmura Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 896

June 2, 2012
3:12pm
John Burroughs Bronx, NY

I walk in Van Cortlandt Park frequently, like it the way it is.

Signature # 895

June 2, 2012
3:11pm
Harriet Fritz Bronx, NY

Please save the Putnam Trail do not widen it or pave it.

Signature # 894

June 2, 2012
3:11pm
Cosmin Banciu Bronx, NY

There are so few green trails and spaces left in NYC, let's not ruin this trail by paving it with asphalt.

Signature # 893

June 2, 2012
3:11pm
Deborah Oster Pannell Bronx, NY

Aww, let's just save the money for something else. We should use stone dust and leave the paving for another project. Who wants all the construction noise in the park, anyway? This is such a beautiful trail - let's not mess it up!! Be smart and use our money wisely... :)

Signature # 892

June 1, 2012
9:19pm
Joe Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 891

June 1, 2012
9:19pm
Ariel Hidalgo Manhattan, NY

SAVE THE TRAIL!
I love running there with my family

Signature # 890

June 1, 2012
9:19pm
IanBronx, NY

We have to preserve our natural resources!!

Signature # 889

June 1, 2012
9:19pm
Jeff Oakley Brooklyn, NY

Nature in nature and city in city.

Signature # 888

June 1, 2012
9:19pm
GN Niere Queens, NY

Let us preserve our parks and trails!

Signature # 887

June 1, 2012
9:19pm
Christopher McGovern NY State Resident

We need more pavement in NYC? Really?

Signature # 886

June 1, 2012
9:19pm
Brent DAvison Manhattan, NY

Please keep the trail open.

Signature # 885

June 1, 2012
9:19pm
Tyrone Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 884

June 1, 2012
9:19pm
Bill Sycalik Manhattan, NY

Please keep the trail intact. There are few places in the city for "off-asphalt" adventure. Please keep this one of them.

Signature # 883

June 1, 2012
1:37pm
Lina Schuerch Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 882

June 1, 2012
1:37pm
Martha A. Covi Bronx, NY

Please preserve the Putnam Trail in the park.
We used it for years to walk with grandchildren and dogs.
Thank you.

Signature # 881

June 1, 2012
1:37pm
Lucy Torres-Deas Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 880

June 1, 2012
1:37pm
Erika Bronx, NY

Please save the Putnam Trail!

Signature # 879

June 1, 2012
1:37pm
Tom McCaffrey Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 878

May 29, 2012
11:34pm
wilfredo Bronx, NY

Putnam's - keep trail as it is now. Let's not come to destroy what nature has made with his own hands. Please unite and fight to keep our nature.

Signature # 877

May 28, 2012
8:20pm
Sal Cannella Bronx, NY

Keep the Putnam trail as nature intended. We have enough paved streets in the Bronx.

Signature # 876

May 28, 2012
8:19pm
Robert Graettinger Bronx, NY

I'm flabbergasted that paving the trail would even be considered!! As others have noted, there are many thousands of miles of paved everything... save the crunch and comfort of the TRAIL

Signature # 875

May 27, 2012
10:13pm
Sara Follett Bronx, NY

The trail is one of the green space treasures that must be preserved !

Signature # 874

May 27, 2012
10:13pm
Karen Marder Bronx, NY

Please do not pave the trail with asphalt.

Signature # 873

May 27, 2012
10:12pm
LaVerne Bowen Bronx, NY

Please save the trail....for our community.....nature needs to be preserved in our very hectic and uncertain times.....

Signature # 872

May 27, 2012
10:12pm
A. Aslanian-Persico Bronx, NY

It would be nice to repair some of the chronic flooded areas along the trail, but it should not be widened or repaved.

Signature # 871

May 27, 2012
10:12pm
Kenneth Jones Bronx, NY

I do not want the Putnam Trail widened or paved. Please do not cut down trees or alter the natural beauty of the trail.

Signature # 870

May 27, 2012
10:11pm
christopher Hill Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 869

May 27, 2012
10:11pm
Bryant Mercedes Bronx, NY

I run these Trails every morning 5-6 times a week! I would hate to see such an amazing path destroyed. Please leave our trails alone and let nature do its job. Thank you.

Signature # 868

May 27, 2012
10:11pm
Karen Davern Bronx, NY

I visit Van Cortlandt Park on a regular basis and I love having a natural escape within walking distance from where I live. I would hate to see unnecessary money be spent on asphalting the Putnam Trail when so many of us nature lovers enjoy it the way it is.

Signature # 867

May 22, 2012
10:42am
Jose Diaz Bronx, NY

Hit a giant pot hole this morning on East 233rd Street. Please fill in the pot hole and others all over the bronx with funds slated for the Putnam Trail.

Signature # 866

May 22, 2012
10:41am
Ruth Marquez Bronx, NY

No asphalt,no dust or anything that would change something as beautiful as the Putnam Trail.

Signature # 865

May 22, 2012
10:41am
Adrienne Marquez Bronx, NY

Please leave trail as is. Where are community Leaders when we need them to stand up for their constituents? Remember who voted you in!

Signature # 864

May 22, 2012
10:40am
Luis Marquez Bronx, NY

its a beautiful trail whether walking,running or biking. please do not disturb what nature has reclaimed. Thank You

Signature # 863

May 22, 2012
10:40am
Jasmin Roman Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 862

May 22, 2012
10:40am
John p. koo Bronx, NY

Build a separate biking trail next to the soft running trail if some paving is planned. All concrete/asphalt pavement will destroy the rare nature trail-- it is definitely worth preserving.

Signature # 861

May 19, 2012
11:40am
v.a.shanahan Bronx, NY

Every thing does not have to have concrete, beauty is in nature.

Signature # 860

May 18, 2012
5:24pm
Joshua Vernatter Bronx, NY

Widening the trail will eliminate space for trees and plants, and destroy the natural beauty of the trail.

Signature # 859

May 18, 2012
5:23pm
Lorraine Baker Bronx, NY

Can't find anything better to do with OUR money? Try using it fill in some potholes or pave our streets and leave what little bit of nature we still have in OUR city alone! Thank you

Signature # 858

May 18, 2012
5:23pm
Magdalena Miszczak Bronx, NY

For crying out loud! Leave this beautiful trail as it is! Get real Parks Department! Is this your idea of making New York the greenest city in USA? PLEEEEASE!!!

Signature # 857

May 18, 2012
5:22pm
Wendy Bronx, NY

Please preserve the trail!

Signature # 856

May 18, 2012
5:22pm
Frederick A Dolber Bronx, NY

Thanks for informing me by the note in my mailbox Your proposal makes sense

Signature # 855

May 18, 2012
5:21pm
Bella Fradlis Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 854

May 18, 2012
5:20pm
Zach Youngerman Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

The trail is an important recreational corridor.

Signature # 853

May 18, 2012
5:19pm
Bette Dewing Manhattan, NY

There is just no place to walk safely - non-stressfully due to shared bicycle paths.
It's a special hazardous to those with disabilities or just not as steady of foot as they once were. Many elders no longer use the John Finley Walk since it became a shared walk depite protestes from every local elected official and civic group.

Save this trail!

Signature # 852

May 18, 2012
5:18pm
Susan Siskind Manhattan, NY

Leave our beautiful nature trail alone. Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan should do her job repairing the roads in the Bronx which are worse than Baghdad instead of building bike lanes!

Signature # 851

May 14, 2012
4:33pm
Jack Brown Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 850

May 14, 2012
9:25am
Albert AhronheimManhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 849

May 14, 2012
9:25am
Paul Aguirre Bronx, NY

I don't see the point of destroying one of the few nature trails in NYC to put in another paved road which can be found everywhere

Signature # 848

May 14, 2012
9:25am
Susan Downes Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 847

May 14, 2012
9:25am
Miriam Ben-Abu Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 846

May 14, 2012
9:25am
john Bronx, NY

I love the putnam trail as is!

Signature # 845

May 14, 2012
9:25am
Barbara Rubinstein Bronx, NY

I'm in favor of saving any and all of our natural areas.

Signature # 844

May 14, 2012
9:25am
Brittany Tarbell NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 843

May 11, 2012
10:23am
Joan Lunoe Bronx, NY

It's a beautiful walking trail as it is. It also seems that it would be cheaper to leave it as it is. Please don't destroy this piece of living history.

Signature # 842

May 11, 2012
10:23am
Sumie Hernandez-Moss NY State Resident

Save the dirt trail!!!

Signature # 841

May 7, 2012
9:51pm
Terry Hofler Bronx, NY

Just walking on the remnants of the old track bed is a unique experience. Why destroy an existing piece of history right here in our backyard? Crossing into the Westchester section is very disappointing.

Signature # 840

May 7, 2012
9:50pm
Jason Rodriguez Bronx, NY

I have enjoyed the natural beauty of this area for quite some time. Please preserve the natural aspect of the Putnam Trail. It is vital to our community as well as to visitors of our community. More importantly, it is vital to nature itself. Let it be. It is perfect the way it is. Natural.

Signature # 839

May 7, 2012
9:50pm
Laura Anne Gilman Bronx, NY

I love biking along the trail - it's perfect for walkers, joggers and bikers who want a respite from the concrete, a place where you can remember that NYC is GREEN, too.

Maintain the trail, don't change it!

Signature # 838

May 7, 2012
9:49pm
Larry Shapiro Queens, NY

Please revise the plan to reduce environmental impact: a narrower corridor with a crushed stone surface rather than asphalt.

Signature # 837

May 7, 2012
9:48pm
Allen Shifrin Bronx, NY

Pave roads, not trails.

Signature # 836

May 7, 2012
9:47pm
Celia Engelman Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please save the Putnam Trail for all Americans, not just New Yorkers. Don't pave it.

Signature # 835

May 7, 2012
9:46pm
Bridget McCarthy NY State Resident

Grew up a few blocks from Van Cortlandt Park.
Please save the Trail!

Signature # 834

May 7, 2012
9:45pm
John O'Connor Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 833

May 7, 2012
9:45pm
Ana Pough Bronx, NY

Please stop destroying our beautiful and natural park.

Signature # 832

May 7, 2012
9:44pm
Sarah Gallagher Manhattan, NY

For crying out loud! Asphalt? Just what NYC needs more of. Get real, Parks Department. Leave this trail in the lovely state-of-nature it presently enjoys.

Signature # 831

May 7, 2012
9:43pm
Keith R.A. DeCandido Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 830

May 7, 2012
9:43pm
Jennifer Gatto Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 829

May 7, 2012
9:42pm
Flavia Bronx, NY

I love VCP! Hopefully it stays the way it is and is preserved!

Signature # 828

May 7, 2012
9:42pm
Courtney Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 827

May 7, 2012
9:41pm
Barry Braunstein Bronx, NY

The trail is paved in Westchester,which creates a speedway for cyclists.Let us have a walking path free of hazards.

Signature # 826

May 7, 2012
9:40pm
Scott Ahaern Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 825

May 3, 2012
5:14pm
Mark Lenahan Bronx, NY

Personally I am in favor of leaving the trail exactly as is.
Given that that does not seem to be one of the options, as little as possible should be done.

What is the obsession with paving? There is no lack of pavement in NYC. Cyclists already use the trail quite happily and there is respect between those who walk, those who run and cyclists.
Paving will mean more reckless behavior, accidents, confrontations and litter.

Further, there should NOT be food concessions or commercialism or any sort.

Signature # 824

May 2, 2012
8:15am
Brenda Seidner REilly Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 823

May 2, 2012
8:15am
Matt Shields Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I like my trails unpaved.

Signature # 822

May 2, 2012
8:15am
peter heimgartner NY State Resident

Let the people who actually use the trail have a say in how they want their environment to be. We ask for no asphalt, because its better for our health now and in our future.

Signature # 821

May 2, 2012
8:15am
carrie Brooklyn, NY

pls dont do this its a mistake

Signature # 820

May 2, 2012
8:15am
Maria NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 819

May 2, 2012
8:15am
Sheryl Haut Bronx, NY

It is extremely important to preserve this historic and beautiful trail. Please do not make a terrible mistake.

Signature # 818

April 30, 2012
1:46pm
Ryan Korby Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 817

April 30, 2012
1:46pm
Mollie Bruhn Brooklyn, NY

Stop the paving!

Signature # 816

April 30, 2012
1:46pm
Jackie Wurst Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 815

April 30, 2012
1:46pm
Mary Pat Smith NY State Resident

Keep it real - don't pave!!

Signature # 814

April 30, 2012
1:46pm
Elena Makovskaya Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Running on trails is a lot healthier in many ways that running on pavement. This park and trail is one of the best things that NYC has to offer. I have also enjoyed the Holiday Marathons that used to take place on this trail - this is the only Trail Marathon inside NYC and should be preserved. This even was free, open to all and promoted running and healthy way of living. We need more events like that, we do NOT need more pavement!

Signature # 813

April 30, 2012
1:46pm
MikeG Manhattan, NY

Please keep the trail natural (no asphalt) and find a better use for the funds. Thank you.

Signature # 812

April 30, 2012
1:46pm
D Tan Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 811

April 30, 2012
1:46pm
Charlie Conway Manhattan, NY

Please do not pave this trail! Let's keep nature as natural as possible!

Signature # 810

April 28, 2012
10:34pm
Brachyahu Bronx, NY

Beautiful dirt track, great for running especially for people who are unable to run on tarmac or paved routes.

Signature # 809

April 27, 2012
12:02pm
Mickaella Gottlieb Queens, NY

It is important to preserve our historic trail.

Signature # 808

April 27, 2012
12:02pm
John Lawrence Bronx, NY

why spoil this last nature walk in the park. There are plenty of places to ride your bike here; can't the walkers, birdwatchers, nature lovers have their place too? The park has areas available for tennis, cricket, swimming, baseball, horse back riding, track, picnics and bike riding. Why can't the people who just want to stop and enjoy an unpaved fragment of nature be permitted their little space too?

Signature # 807

April 27, 2012
12:02pm
Shavon Fenton Bronx, NY

Removal of the Putnam Trail destroys a historically important region of Van Cortlandt Park.

Signature # 806

April 27, 2012
12:02pm
Carina Cruz Bronx, NY

I've been on the amazing trail I think. Saving the trail is a great idea it can save the earth. all day long i love earth with all my heart.you should too

Signature # 805

April 27, 2012
12:02pm
William Saines Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 804

April 27, 2012
12:02pm
Charlotte Labbe Bronx, NY

This a nice trail as is..

Signature # 803

April 27, 2012
12:02pm
Julia Gran Bronx, NY

Please do not widen and add asphalt to the trail. Preserve it's original look.

Signature # 802

April 27, 2012
12:02pm
norbert sander NY State Resident

the Putnam trail is a welcome respite from the world of concrete and macadam paths.There is no compelling need to destroy it in favor of a pavement that will hurt both walkers and runners alike.

Signature # 801

April 27, 2012
12:02pm
charles sheer Bronx, NY

I have enjoyed the trail for decades, as a former runner and nature lover. I have walked it for years. Please do not alter it - it is needed by those who enjoy the park as well as the animals who live there.

Signature # 800

April 27, 2012
12:02pm
James Jennings Manhattan, NY

PLEASE don't pave over any running trails. They're much better as is.

Signature # 799

April 22, 2012
6:17pm
Jean Stemm Manhattan, NY

I am signing this petition in the hopes that the Putnam trail will infact remain as a trail and not blacktop. We runners cherish those few places that we can still put our feet on real earth and run in environments as close to nature as we can get.

Signature # 798

April 22, 2012
6:17pm
Kevin McAllister Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 797

April 22, 2012
6:17pm
Sean Macmillan Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 796

April 22, 2012
6:17pm
Francis Laros Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 795

April 22, 2012
6:17pm
Carol DrakeBrooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 794

April 22, 2012
6:17pm
Alexandra Warren Brooklyn, NY

Runners MUCH prefer nature trails to pavement. It's much healthier and cheaper. Don't use pavement please!

Signature # 793

April 22, 2012
6:17pm
Matthew Kantack Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 792

April 22, 2012
6:17pm
Ileana Torres Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 791

April 22, 2012
6:17pm
Jason Rochman Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 790

April 22, 2012
6:17pm
John dougherty Bronx, NY

I am opposed to paving over the Putnam trail.

Signature # 789

April 22, 2012
6:17pm
Elizabeth dougherty Bronx, NY

I am opposed to paving over the Putnam Trail.

Signature # 788

April 22, 2012
6:17pm
anthony connor Bronx, NY

Much prefer trail unpaved! Please do not share email.

Signature # 787

April 17, 2012
3:05pm
Todd Ruppel NY State Resident

Why destroy nature. Use the funds elsewhere or not at all.

Signature # 786

April 17, 2012
3:05pm
Ellen McGrail NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 785

April 17, 2012
3:05pm
noreen forde NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 784

April 17, 2012
3:05pm
Colette mcgoldrick Bronx, NY

Please do not destroy this trail I love it I hate it when asphalt is poured over trails.all the natural beauty is destroyed

Signature # 783

April 17, 2012
3:05pm
Stephanie Yordan Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 782

April 17, 2012
3:05pm
Louise Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 781

April 17, 2012
3:05pm
Patricia Kallen NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 780

April 17, 2012
3:05pm
Joanne Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 779

April 17, 2012
3:05pm
Nora NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 778

April 11, 2012
6:30pm
Krys Wasielewski NY State Resident

Please don't pave-over the nature trail in Van Cortlandt Park. The paving affects every runner in Metropolitan Area, who wants to retain soft surfaces in forests in urban settings.

Signature # 777

April 11, 2012
6:30pm
SFL Bronx, NY

Even though I am handicapped and can't use the trail, I think it should be saved as a natural habitat and not paved over.

Signature # 776

April 10, 2012
11:17pm
Maritza Staten Island, NY

I've hiked this trail and it's lovely. Leave it the way it is.

Signature # 775

April 10, 2012
11:17pm
Carrie Jacobson NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 774

April 10, 2012
11:17pm
cecile olson Brooklyn, NY

leave nature the way you found it. Thanks

Signature # 773

April 10, 2012
11:17pm
Jeanine Brooklyn, NY

This trail should be preserved.

Signature # 772

April 10, 2012
11:17pm
Judy long NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 771

April 5, 2012
11:13pm
Nancy Shaw Bronx, NY

no paving, please

Signature # 770

April 5, 2012
11:13pm
Janet Gottlieb Bronx, NY

Enough of New York City is paved over. The Putnam Trail is a respite from that, and should remain as it is.

Signature # 769

April 5, 2012
11:13pm
Tony Vazquez Brooklyn, NY

Walkers,runners & bicyclists use this path. NYC & the Bronx need more natural spaces, not more concrete!

Signature # 768

April 5, 2012
11:13pm
Dina Seiden Brooklyn, NY

This is a travesty. How can this even be under consideration?

Signature # 767

April 5, 2012
11:13pm
Maureen Bonfante Queens, NY

This is one of the many great wonders of our fine city and state. We have enough paved ways in the concrete jungle and not enough parks and green spaces. Preserve the trail as it is. Invest in more parks, park maintenace, nature trails, education, tourism to them. Don't waste tax payer dollars on paving what does not need to be paved.

Signature # 766

April 5, 2012
11:13pm
Roy GilbertQueens, NY

Please leave the trail as is. Total waste of taxpayers' money to expand it and pave it over. We need more trails like this, not fewer.

Signature # 765

April 3, 2012
7:05pm
Lisa W Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 764

April 3, 2012
7:05pm
Marie W Bronx, NY

Please preserve nature.

Signature # 763

April 3, 2012
7:05pm
Nawal L Bronx, NY

We run and walk using the trail for years, nobody ever complained about it, this is a waist of money and torture to the echo-system, no need for it ! use the money for something better instead please.

Signature # 762

April 3, 2012
7:05pm
Clive Morrick Manhattan, NY

The Putnam trail is a rare thing in NYC. Please leave it alone. It does not need to be paved.

Signature # 761

April 3, 2012
7:05pm
Ardit Gjonaj Bronx, NY

I love that trail. Please save it!

Signature # 760

April 3, 2012
7:05pm
Hrant Gadarigian Bronx, NY

No to paving..Keep things as they are and stop using taxpayer money where it isn't needed. There's enough asphalt to go around already.

Signature # 759

April 3, 2012
7:05pm
Lee Ruelle Manhattan, NY

As an avid runner and hiker, I urge you to not pave the Putnam Trail. There is plenty of asphalt in New York already. Thank you.

Signature # 758

April 3, 2012
7:05pm
Don Recklies Brooklyn, NY

The Putnam Trail, as it now exists, is well used by walkers and cyclists both and seems to be a problem for neither group. The last thing VanCourtlandt Park needs is another strip of gravel or asphalt bisecting it! Please don't destroy the character and charm of the trail by paving it!

Signature # 757

March 29, 2012
7:12am
David Connelly Bronx, NY

Please save the Putnam Trail. Thank you

Signature # 756

March 28, 2012
11:42pm
Alex Cuozzo NY State Resident

I've been running at Van Cortland Park since 1972 and have enjoyed the escape from the concrete jungle the trails provide. The Putnam Trails are a historic part of Van Cortland Park. Paving the trails would not only ruin the natural beauty of the park but also remove a historic part of the City.

Signature # 755

March 28, 2012
11:42pm
monica leide Staten Island, NY

we need to keep our natural resourses lets NOT PAVE PARADISE AND PUT IN A PARKING LOT

Signature # 754

March 28, 2012
11:42pm
Joseph Leahy Queens, NY

Save the Putnam Trail.

Signature # 753

March 28, 2012
11:42pm
Dave NY State Resident

As an avid runner, I mjust attest to the benefits of running on non-paved trails. Please save the money and DO NOT pave this trail!

Signature # 752

March 28, 2012
11:42pm
Elmer Eckert Bronx, NY

Please Preserve the trail to keep it all natural and to hold its historic value. I have ran the trail many times and it is full of nature. There are many other things that funds can be used for and path does not have to be paved it holds no future for a highway

Signature # 751

March 28, 2012
11:42pm
Andrew S NY State Resident

Best trail in NYC!

Signature # 750

March 28, 2012
11:42pm
Andrew Bronx, NY

This trail needs to be preserved for everyone to enjoy.

Signature # 749

March 28, 2012
11:42pm
Gary Staten Island, NY

DONT PAVE OVER THE TRAIL! KEEP IT NATURAL!

Signature # 748

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Glen Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 747

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Rose Hall Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I raced this trail in college....it should be preserved as it was when so many other collegiate athletes have competed here.

Signature # 746

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
John Sassone NY State Resident

Spend the money on current park upkeep. For ex.:Paint the parking lot lines in Alley Pond Park. You can no longer see them. Also use some for a WOODEN boardwalk in Coney Island

Signature # 745

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Joseph McMahon Queens, NY

Please preserve the historic Putnam Trails!

Signature # 744

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Michael Balbos Brooklyn, NY

Please don't pave-over the nature trail in Van Cortlandt Park. The paving affects every runner in the city who wants to retain soft surfaces in forests in urban settings. (Not to mention hikers, birdwatchers, etc.)

Signature # 743

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
William Ash Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Leave the trails natural. Who will repair black top or concrete as time and weather destroy it.I like the dirt.

Signature # 742

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Paul Olascoaga Manhattan, NY

Gem of nature.

Signature # 741

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Paulo Brooklyn, NY

Good ponits all around. Truly appreciated.

Signature # 740

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
tucker dulin Brooklyn, NY

i support the effort to keep the trail more natural.

Signature # 739

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Christopher Bonner Queens, NY

Nature deserves to live in NYC/Bronx!

Signature # 738

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
AllisonQueens, NY

no message

Signature # 737

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Lauren M. Carter Queens, NY

I've been running on these trails since HS and the memories I have are indescribable. Not to mention this is natural beauty in a city that is constantly on the cutting edge.

Signature # 736

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
David Redline Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 735

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Muantawan Arsrairas Queens, NY

Please preserve the natural trail.

Signature # 734

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Sonya Slyman Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Paving a natural trail ruins the natural beauty of the environment. Remember us natural trail users-we like them that way! We deserve a place to use just as much as those that might want paved trails. There are enough paved trails in the city, please consider our needs too.

Signature # 733

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Sonya Slyman Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Paving a natural trail ruins the natural beauty of the environment. Remember us natural trail users-we like them that way! We deserve a place to use just as much as those that might want paved trails. There are enough paved trails in the city, please consider our needs too.

Signature # 732

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Greg van Inwegen Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Nyrrc member. Please don't pave it. My knees are bad enough without more pavement to deal with. And hiking on pavement is not very inspiring.

Signature # 731

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Kashawn Ross Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 730

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Christina Sayler Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Save the Putnam Trail. Please don't pave it.

Signature # 729

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Octavia S. ColemanBronx, NY

Please save one of the last accessible urban trails in this region. Don't make people drive cars long distances to enjoy natural beauty.

Signature # 728

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Eric Brooklyn, NY

Restore nature dont pave over it

Signature # 727

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Matt Isaac Brooklyn, NY

I travel to the park from Brooklyn and run on the trail -- please leave it unpaved!

Signature # 726

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Deborah Pesa Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 725

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Linda Aanonsen Staten Island, NY

no message

Signature # 724

March 26, 2012
10:53pm
Tony LaRocca Staten Island, NY

Keep the trails...... Speaking words of wisdom Let it be.....let it be

Signature # 723

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
Alma Ramos-McDermott Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Van Cortlandt as we know and love it wouldn't exist if paving various parts over the years were seen as "good solutions" to whatever problems existed at the time. Why mess with a good thing and change 321 yrs of greenness? Leave the park alone. Let the actual users use it the way it was meant to be used - as a nature trail, not a roadway.

Signature # 722

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
Margaret Nolan-Bran Brooklyn, NY

Save any and all parkland for our children to enjoy in the future!

Signature # 721

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
Caroline Brady Staten Island, NY

no message

Signature # 720

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
Erica Costanzo Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I started running VCP while a freshman at MSV. I joined the track team that began my love for running. I've completed three marathons since running those trails. It was beautiful running each morning...it reminded me of home in NH and truly brought out my love of running. Please don't pave these beautiful trails, it would be a shame.

Signature # 719

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
Adriana Queens, NY

Please the park is perfec the way it is!

Signature # 718

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
Reno Stirrat Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I ran Van Courtland in College.

Signature # 717

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
Karen Engel NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 716

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
Richard Padro Bronx, NY

Keep it fresh and real

Preserve !!!

Signature # 715

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
Cynthia Barrett Staten Island, NY

Please save your trails. They are important to us and our future young athletes.

Signature # 714

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
Jeannette Dobosz Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 713

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
CLAIRE HAROUNI Brooklyn, NY

SAVE THE PUTNAM TRAIL

Signature # 712

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
John Britz Staten Island, NY

no message

Signature # 711

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
Brandi Manhattan, NY

This destruction of natural beauty is appalling! Paving trails? For what? Surely shoveling and constantly repairing concrete cannot be easier than letting people who already live in a concrete jungle have a place of beauty to retreat to!

Signature # 710

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
Karl Hunting Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 709

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
Richie Chin Staten Island, NY

no message

Signature # 708

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
Kristin DeAngelis Staten Island, NY

no message

Signature # 707

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
Yolande Staten Island, NY

Why pave over the wonderful trails that hundreds of runners use for cross country meets? Why?

Signature # 706

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
John Goudelias Brooklyn, NY

This trail is one our city's treasures. Please preserve it.

Signature # 705

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
Michael DeVito Staten Island, NY

Please conserve the park!

Signature # 704

March 26, 2012
10:52pm
Donna Staten Island, NY

Let it remain in its beautiful natural state, so that the trail may be enjoyed by present and future runners.

Signature # 703

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Shannon Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 702

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Barbara Tupper Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Nature trails should remain as natural as possible and not turned into another concrete jungle. We have destroyed enough land through paving - SAVE THE PUTNAM TRAIL!!

Signature # 701

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Marc Gartenberg Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please save one of the last accessible urban trails in this region. Don't make people drive cars long distances to enjoy natural beauty.

Signature # 700

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Kim Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Save the Putnam Trail! A trail is a trail, not a friggin' cart path.

Signature # 699

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Gail Warshaw Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

We need to save the wonders of nature. We have plenty of paved areas. We need nature to continue to exist for generations.

Signature # 698

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
JOSEPH FALCON Manhattan, NY

SHAME ON YOU, IN THE NAME OF PROGRESS U ARE MAKING A BIG MISTAKE. GOING BACK TO NATURE IS PROGRESS WE HAVE ENOUGH SIDE WALKS. STOP PAVING OVER WHAT GOD GAVE US. BESIDES IT WILL REQUIRE LOTS OF UP KEEP AND IT COST MONEY TO KEEP DOING THAT.

Signature # 697

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Ian Harris NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 696

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Christina Lopez-Chiaffarelli Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 695

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Jesse Roehrich Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 694

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Greta Rozensweig Brooklyn, NY

Why destroy something that was not ours to begin with. How can killing trees that are older than all of us even be a choice. Preserve, respect and love!

Signature # 693

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Elaine Fowler Manhattan, NY

Please do not uproot trees and ruin the trails. Also, please allow Holiday Marathons to continue their great efforts in the community that encourage healthy lifestyles.

Signature # 692

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Danielle Blumenstock Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 691

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Alison Luscher NY State Resident

All paving will do is create dangerous situations between runners/pedestrian and cyclists. Never mind paving over a creating polution in a beautiful area. Why does the city need to come to the parks?

Signature # 690

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Linda Stefanski Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 689

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Fay Gartenberg Bronx, NY

Please Parks Administration, preserving Putnam Trail does far more good than what your current plan to cut down more trees and pave more asphalt. New York needs this trail to maintain a healthy quality of life. It really is rare to have something this natural, green and lush in the area.

Signature # 688

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Laura GelmanOut of State Resident/Tax Payer

I lived in NYC for 14 years before moving to Northern New Jersey. I still run in Van Cortland park a few times a year and it's a treasure for both me and my family, which includes 3 children who also love the trails.

Signature # 687

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Hannah Lieberman Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 686

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Rita Shuey Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 685

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
michael mark Brooklyn, NY

save the trail

Signature # 684

March 15, 2012
3:01pm
Glen Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 683

March 14, 2012
2:31pm
Matthew Febles Manhattan, NY

Resources better suited to other things than paving over a completely useable trail

Signature # 682

March 14, 2012
2:31pm
Marie Brooklyn, NY

There are enough trees destroyed in this world. We don't have to better our quality of life at the expense of nature. Our well-being and health depends on the trees and plants. Please preserve the Putnam Trail!

Signature # 681

March 14, 2012
2:31pm
Patrick Silverio Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please preserve the original trail to keep the natural beauty of the area because paving can damage an already delicate ecosystem. You can use the money projected for paving for something of more importance such as beautification, exercise stations, bird watching points of interest, maintenance, and security. Thank you!

Signature # 680

March 14, 2012
2:31pm
alfred beilinBronx, NY

hello im looking for matt alopton is he still about
alf

Signature # 679

March 13, 2012
10:53pm
Jenny Davidson Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 678

March 13, 2012
10:53pm
Jeremy Shaw Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please don't do this!

Signature # 677

March 13, 2012
10:53pm
Sarah Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

As a resident of Jersey City, I rely on parks and trails in the New York metro area for training in addition to Liberty State Park. The loss of this trail would mean one less green space to run in, in an area with precious little green space to begin with, and paving the trail would very likely damage the ecological system that has managed to survive along the trail.

Signature # 676

March 13, 2012
10:53pm
Daniel Brown Bronx, NY

Keep pavement out of Van Cortland's natural areas. We have enough of it in the Bronx.

Signature # 675

March 13, 2012
10:53pm
Vernier Morfa Del Rosario Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I'm a runner

Signature # 674

March 13, 2012
10:53pm
Dave Goldberg Manhattan, NY

Keep up the good work/fight. Thanks to the Holiday Marathons, I realize what a rare treat that trail is.

Signature # 673

March 13, 2012
10:53pm
Stacey Graham Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 672

March 13, 2012
10:53pm
Dennis Cedeno Manhattan, NY

My stomping ground.

Signature # 671

March 13, 2012
10:53pm
Lauren Santonastaso Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 670

March 13, 2012
10:53pm
David M Shotwell Jr Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please do not pave this historic trail. Generations of runners have enjoyed running because of this trail and Van Cortlandt Park. Paving has a negative environmental impact which is not limited to decreasing impervious surfaces and increasing erosion through runoff. It also brings increased maintenance costs and creates injury hazards as it breaks down. Leave it natural.

Signature # 669

March 13, 2012
10:53pm
Erica Gomez Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 668

March 13, 2012
10:53pm
Bizerta Gomez Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 667

March 13, 2012
10:53pm
Pablo Gomez Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 666

March 13, 2012
10:53pm
Lisa Guttierez Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 665

March 13, 2012
10:53pm
GRACIELA AGUIAR Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

By signing this petition, I am asking the Parks Administration to preserve the Putnam Trail. It will be a real shame if this trail disappears.

Signature # 664

March 13, 2012
10:53pm
Alexandra Goncalves Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 663

March 13, 2012
5:39pm
Mirza Ruiz Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 662

March 13, 2012
5:39pm
emma Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please DO NOT pave the Putnam trail!

Signature # 661

March 13, 2012
5:39pm
Susan Nesbihal NY State Resident

I love xc at van cortdland and it should remain!!

Signature # 660

March 13, 2012
5:39pm
Amanda Hefferan Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please save and keep the trail! It is good to have some none pavement once in awhile!

Signature # 659

March 13, 2012
1:26pm
Peter Hughes Queens, NY

It stinks! Save the bloody trails people.

Signature # 658

March 13, 2012
1:26pm
LARRY PHILLIPS NY State Resident

please save the putnam trail

Signature # 657

March 13, 2012
1:26pm
Catherina Manhattan, NY

It would be a shame to lose one of the very few unpaved trails in the city.

Signature # 656

March 13, 2012
1:26pm
Maureen McConnell NY State Resident

Save the trail, we need it to preserve those special times we step onto something that make us reflect and appreciate its natural existence, and its history.

Signature # 655

March 13, 2012
1:26pm
angela sykes Manhattan, NY

The Putnam Trail is one of the best places to run in New York. It's beautiful and makes anyone who is there feel like they're miles away from the city. The narrow dirt trail surrounded by trees is what makes this place so special. Please do not ruin it by paving it. It is perfect just the way it is. Please do not change it.

Signature # 654

March 13, 2012
1:26pm
William Geelan Bronx, NY

Please save the Trail. It offers a peaceful, safe escape from the day to day grind of life in the Bronx. Please rethink your proposal.

Signature # 653

March 13, 2012
1:26pm
Lisa Donlan Manhattan, NY

Please DO NOT pave the Putnam trail.
My friends and I drive an hour every Saturday to run on dirt.
There are practically no dirt trails anywhere in NYC. Why destroy this one?
Why destroy trees and pave a dirt trail?
Please Parks- use your budget to replace the many astroturf fields you laid down 10 years ago and can not afford to replace as they wear out! Please do not pave the dirt train in VC park!

Signature # 652

March 13, 2012
1:26pm
JC Muyl Manhattan, NY

We come all the way from Manhattan for the sole purpose of enjoying the nature trails in VC. Please keep them as they are!

Signature # 651

March 13, 2012
1:26pm
Denis Streltsov Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

There are very few soft ground trails left, they must be preserved as they are a healthy alternative to hard surfaces of which there are plenty. Please don't pave.

Signature # 650

March 13, 2012
1:26pm
Sally Hur Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

PLEASE don't pave the Putnam Trail. It is a beautiful natural trail that is hidden jewel in a city filled with asphalt.

Signature # 649

March 13, 2012
1:26pm
David Allara Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Preserving the natural environment and keeping the trail unpaved is very important. The paving of the trail would negatively impact not only the outdoor enthusiasts who use the trail, but the wildlife who call the trail home.

Signature # 648

March 13, 2012
1:26pm
Neil Hume Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 647

March 13, 2012
1:26pm
Drew W. Pennyfeather Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

This is my XC home course for college (NJIT). PLEASE leave the paths and trails the way they currently are! This change will impact HUNDREDS of NCAA Div-1 XC runners!

Signature # 646

March 13, 2012
1:26pm
Lianne Pricel Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 645

March 13, 2012
1:26pm
Janet Turley Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 644

March 13, 2012
1:26pm
Michael Given Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Save the trail!

Signature # 643

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
Bob Jorissen Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Don't mess with a good thing

Signature # 642

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
Sarah Filik Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 641

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
Caroline Bailey Brooklyn, NY

To destroy more woods to widen a nature trail is simply ridiculous. Additionally, paving a trail means more costs each year to patch potholes. This doesn't make environmental or fiscal sense.

Signature # 640

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
Jose Manchola Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 639

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
Maggie Manhattan, NY

Trails are trails because they are dirt. If you pave them, I might as well be on a road.

Signature # 638

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
William Hulbert Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I raced Van Cortlandt numerous times during my college XC years and I could just not imagine the course being the same if it was paved. It would change years of history with XC racing that have occurred there.

Signature # 637

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
Mitch Slater Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 636

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
Laura Swift Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 635

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
Mary Nguyen Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Very little green space in the city left. We need to preserve this area!

Signature # 634

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
Thomas Goggin Bronx, NY

Our city government's behavior is absolutely deplorable. They, along with corporate business, destroy our urban communities, our economic and intellectual opportunities, and our natural surroundings. Save Putnam Trail and rid Margot Perron's office from causing further destruction.

Signature # 633

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
John Sloane Manhattan, NY

Isn't there enough blacktop and concrete already in this City? The Putnam Trail has until now been a bucolic escape, and an important part of that escape has included the feel of dirt crunching under your shoes as you walk the trails. When it's paved it'll feel just like Times Square? What's next, I wonder, install a pedestrian plaza?
Finally, Ms. Margot Perron should not be occupying two posts of influence, as both Van Cortlandt Park Administrator and as President of the Board of Directors of the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy. This is a clear conflict of interest. Seemingly, she seems to think that being a public servant means she gets to be served by them. Hopefully, the City Coucil and the next Mayor will bring some sanity back to the running of this Jewel in the Bronx--something that her decisions regarding the Trail and the Marathons clear show she needs.

Signature # 632

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
Mike Anis Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

let it be. no need to ruin good trails. people need to walk on dirt, roots, rocks. The city has enough pavement.

Signature # 631

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
Benjamin Frieling Manhattan, NY

Let's be more sustainable. It's good enough as is already!

Signature # 630

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
David Harary NY State Resident

I love these marathons and will support what they support.

Signature # 629

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
Sreeni Nair Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please don't destroy this gem of a trail.

Signature # 628

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
Nicole Falcaro Manhattan, NY

It is ridiculous to pave trails! Runners need soft surfaces to preserve our knees and legs - we are not all road-pounding harriers. Trails require less maintenance than paved roads, and I'd hate to see my tax money go to making something look less natural, more man-made, and harmful to the health and aesthetics of the park.

Signature # 627

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
Kathy Hoegler NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 626

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
Thomas Brogan Queens, NY

I am against the paving of the Putnam Trail.

Signature # 625

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
Angela Morgenthal Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 624

March 13, 2012
1:25pm
Tim Morgan Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I ran at Van Cortlandt Park many times as a college athlete for cross country, and I am dismayed that such a proposal is being considered. There was a similar trail (flat and smooth dirt and gravel, easily walkable and runnable) near where I went to college, and a paving company got a contract to modify a section of it that needed no such work. It was a travesty that such a thing took place, and the same can be said of this project being proposed. For the benefit of all the users of this well-known and well-frequented park, most of whom I'm sure do not want to see such an unnecessary modification take place that will take away from the natural outdoor feel of the existing trail, please maintain it in its existing form. Paving it will accomplish nothing but add to the urbanization of an area where environments preserving a natural, arcadian-like escape are in unfortunately short supply. Thank you.

Signature # 623

March 6, 2012
7:45am
Danny Bronx, NY

Haven't we done enough to destroy nature? Let's save this trail!

Signature # 622

March 6, 2012
7:45am
Lynn Schwab Manhattan, NY

Please do not widen or pave the Putnam Trail. It is a beautiful natural trail that is hidden jewel in our city filled with asphalt.

Signature # 621

March 6, 2012
7:45am
lorraine Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

i agree with leigh druckenmiller

Signature # 620

March 6, 2012
7:45am
Isiah Viverette Bronx, NY

I practically live on these trails and am greatly saddened to hear of possible demolition. Please let us gather together and save such a rich and lively ecosystem and recreational retreat.

Signature # 619

March 6, 2012
7:45am
Ayleen Cruz Manhattan, NY

Please don't destroy another beautiful escape.

Signature # 618

March 6, 2012
7:45am
Ben Labrador Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please preserve nature, Don't Pave the Putnam Trail!!!

Signature # 617

March 1, 2012
5:39pm
Donald Howard Bronx, NY

I bought a mountain bike to adapt to the environment. There is no need to adapt the environment for a road bike. Leave it alone!

Signature # 616

March 1, 2012
5:39pm
Lee Dinnebeil NY State Resident

Does everything have to be paved?

Signature # 615

March 1, 2012
5:39pm
toby tanser Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 614

March 1, 2012
5:39pm
leigh Druckenmiller NY State Resident

Maybe clear/impove the dirt, but do not pave it, as the park already has so many paved trails, and many uneven/windy dirt ones. This one is smooth and straight and perfect. It is great to travel south out of Westchester's paved sections, and enjoy the fine cinder-packed soil.

Signature # 613

March 1, 2012
5:39pm
Eryc Whiteley Bronx, NY

This trail should be left as is.

Signature # 612

March 1, 2012
5:39pm
Melissa Ortiz Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 611

March 1, 2012
5:39pm
Ayesha Bronx, NY

Hey I don't think that there is enough green in the city as there is. It would be a major loss to take away from the little we have.

Signature # 610

March 1, 2012
5:39pm
Jamal Fairbanks Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 609

March 1, 2012
5:39pm
holly malone Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 608

March 1, 2012
5:39pm
ben bromberg NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 607

March 1, 2012
5:39pm
Steve Hildenbrand Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

We've run hikes thru here, and everyone loved the trail, just as it is! It looks like a natural trail. There's nothing natural about asphalt, and it would destroy the sense of walking thru real nature, far away from the city.

Signature # 606

February 26, 2012
8:55pm
Rafaella Gunz Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 605

February 26, 2012
8:55pm
Alice Su Bronx, NY

Pllease save this haven of peace and beauty. It is so needed in our neighborhood.

Signature # 604

February 26, 2012
8:55pm
Samantha Achaia Brooklyn, NY

Save the trail!!

Signature # 603

February 26, 2012
8:55pm
Sean Bronx, NY

Fix the path but don't destroy the environment!

Signature # 602

February 26, 2012
8:55pm
tracey hardiman Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

save our school

Signature # 601

February 26, 2012
8:55pm
bob parisi NY State Resident

Would be a shame to have future generation of runners thinking that there was no difference between I-95 and a x-country trail.

Signature # 600

February 26, 2012
8:55pm
Leola Jackson NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 599

February 26, 2012
8:55pm
ray s Brooklyn, NY

Save tax payer's $$! Please save these trails which easily accommodates both cyclists & runners in its current state.

Signature # 598

February 16, 2012
6:19pm
Tyler Drown Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 597

February 16, 2012
6:19pm
Ben Sumers NY State Resident

One of the most wonderful places to run, ever....

Signature # 596

February 14, 2012
6:21pm
Meg RiordanBronx, NY

As an avid runner (I run on the Putnam and Old Croton Aqueduct Trail for 1 - 2 hours per day, accompanied by my dogs), I was stunned to see recent machinery in action to prepare the trail for paving. The Bronx is filled with concrete and asphalt, and these trails offer a chance for feet to make contact with real earth, dirt, roots, and rocks. It offer a chance to feel like one is genuinely IN nature (all while being in the Bronx). From an ecological view, I am also confounded as to 'how' adding more impervious surfaces - to replace dirt - benefits the natural wooded habitat. I urge policy makers to stop this project. Please. M. Riordan, Ph.D.

Signature # 595

February 14, 2012
6:21pm
Subash ShankarBronx, NY

As a regular user of the trail, I am dismayed at the proposed destruction of this gem which is one of the few remaining trails in the city. An unpaved trail provides a soft uncanted forgiving surface for runners and walkers, along with a habitat for small wildlife. Please reconsider your decision.

Signature # 594

February 14, 2012
6:21pm
Libro Komada Brooklyn, NY

Leave the bloody trail alone and use the money to pay teachers and firemen.

Signature # 593

February 14, 2012
6:21pm
Chiseche Mibenge Bronx, NY

A beautiful trail, turtles, squirrels, dogs, kids, cyclists, runners - everyone loves it exactly the way it is.

Signature # 592

February 14, 2012
6:21pm
Loretta O'Donnell Manhattan, NY

Leave the park alone

Signature # 591

February 14, 2012
6:21pm
Denise Parcells Manhattan, NY

Save the trail!

Signature # 590

February 14, 2012
6:21pm
Wendy Patterson Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 589

February 14, 2012
6:21pm
Maureen Spratt Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 588

February 14, 2012
6:21pm
Luis Colon Bronx, NY

Please do not pave the trail it was not meant to be!!!!

Signature # 587

February 14, 2012
6:21pm
Lauren Bronx, NY

I have been hiking on the putnam trail since I was a kid, and remember when there were still railroad ties to climb over. Please keep the trail as it is, it is a hidden treasure in van cortlandt park. It is important to preserve the trees along the trail, some of them are considered the oldest in the city. Leave the trail 8ft wide, and unpaved. It is important to have permeable surfaces so the ground can absorb rain water, and prevent erosion.

Thank you!

Signature # 586

February 14, 2012
6:21pm
terence mcdonagh NY State Resident

don't pave the trail with asphalt!

Signature # 585

February 14, 2012
6:21pm
george hirsch Manhattan, NY

This seems like an easy decision for all concerned.

Signature # 584

February 14, 2012
6:21pm
Elvia Negron-Perez Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 583

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
WILLIAM J SUSSMANN Bronx, NY

Through my clubs

Signature # 582

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
Dennis Burns Bronx, NY

Don't destroy the ecosystem by brininging inheavy machinery and tearing up the land.

Signature # 581

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
sean moore NY State Resident

I run on the trail

Signature # 580

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
sherry fraser NY State Resident

Please do not pave over the Putnam Trail - natural is better for the environment, eco system surrounding the trail, and for all who make use of it. There are certainly other surface enhancements to consider that are more environmentally friendly and less costly before going to asphalt.

Signature # 579

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
Amy Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 578

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
Jennifer Mobley Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 577

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
GIULLI Staten Island, NY

no message

Signature # 576

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
julio velazquez NY State Resident

Save this environmentally sensetive trail! Asphalt is not the answer.

Signature # 575

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
Jennifer Laurie Bronx, NY

Theres no reason to pave. Use my tax dollars elsewhere.

Signature # 574

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
Erin Murray Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 573

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
penelope sheely NY State Resident

Please preserve the Putnam Trail as it is a valuable asset to our state.

Signature # 572

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
Julia Renaghan Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 571

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
Jagtar Khinda Manhattan, NY

Do not Pave.Save the trail!

Signature # 570

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
Warren Lugo Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 569

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
Donald F. Costello Bronx, NY

Preserve Putnam Trail!

Signature # 568

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
Patrick Thompson Bronx, NY

Please leave the rest of the Trail run alone!!

Signature # 567

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
D K Staten Island, NY

Please embrace nature the way it was meant to be appreciated and leave the trail alone. Thank you.

Signature # 566

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
L Fong NY State Resident

We are always talking about reducing the obesity rate in our country. Holiday Marathons provide a free opportunity for the general public to partake in the most simpliest form of exercise- running on the beautiful, versatile Putnam Trail. Please dont take it away from us!

Signature # 565

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
Allen Smith Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 564

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
Patricia O' Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 563

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
margaret carinci Queens, NY

I love nature and have enjoyed walking and running on the trails in Van Cortland Park and also Forest Park

Signature # 562

February 6, 2012
9:18pm
Tomasz Kochanowicz Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 561

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
Jeanette Gissen Brooklyn, NY

Do not pave.

Signature # 560

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
Kyle M. Hall Bronx, NY

Please protect one of the last wild places in the Bronx--an oasis of peace and calm.
No pavement necessary; stone dust will do just fine, cost less, and be safer for everyone.

Signature # 559

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
Paul Arroyo Bronx, NY

Our forefathers never thought of paving the Putnam Trail when they occupied these lands so why should you? Leave the Putnam Trail and Van Cortlandt Park in peace and let us enjoy these areas as they were meant to be enjoyed.

Signature # 558

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
Tracy Reinholt Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 557

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
Gretchen Brooklyn, NY

Save!!!!!

Signature # 556

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
Ravi Rampersaud Bronx, NY

It would be a travesty to pave over this trail. The entire city is already paved. Pls don't do it!

Signature # 555

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
Danica Jovanovic Staten Island, NY

no message

Signature # 554

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
daniel hennessy NY State Resident

Please save the Putnam trial by not paving it - there is already ample bike routes close by i.e. the South Country trial.

Signature # 553

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
Sanela kolenovic Staten Island, NY

no message

Signature # 552

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
Ann Fitzgerald Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 551

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
Dominique Jeannot Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 550

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
vera King NY State Resident

Have run on it for 20 years...it can be shared with bikers and runners by using a dust surface rather than paving it.

Signature # 549

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
jose holguin NY State Resident

please save the trail.

Signature # 548

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
charles brewster jr Bronx, NY

Save the Putam Trail!

Signature # 547

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
Ely Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 546

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
Kevin Gorman Bronx, NY

I think there is enough of Van Cortlandt park that is paved already. I use this path regularly to run and it is so nice on my knees not to have to run on a concrete path.

Signature # 545

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
Sarah Rutledge Gorman Bronx, NY

Please let the path stay natural. My family goes to Van Cortlandt Park every day.

Signature # 544

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
V. Altieri Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 543

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
Briana Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 542

February 6, 2012
9:17pm
Michael Eisner Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 541

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Nadia Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 540

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Arnold Gore Manhattan, NY

Keep the Putnam trail a natural oasis away from the asphalt of the city. At most install a stone dust rail all users can enjoy. Park funds are scarce don't waste them on this environmentally destructive plan to pave the trail.

Signature # 539

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Kevin Shelton-Smith Bronx, NY

Please don't spend all this money on paving the trail. Paving damages runner's knees. Older long distance runners need softer surfaces. With only a 3 feet width of soft surface we have to run in single file and cannot pass runners going the other way without the risk of being hit from behind by a silent bike. Why give bikes 8 feet of our trail and us only 3? There are hundreds of runners here and only a few bikes. Where it is already paved, you don't see many bikes. Runners are the majority user and bikers are the minority. Compromise with stone dust right across and we should all be happy.

Signature # 538

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
david rippon Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 537

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
heather alumbaugh Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 536

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Robert Asher NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 535

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Colleen McMahon-Healey NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 534

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Angelina Roberts Bronx, NY

Save the Putnam Trail!

Signature # 533

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Jim Foley NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 532

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Carl R Morrishow Bronx, NY

Why can't you give this stretch of land a historical landmark status and leave it alone. Pave right next to it if you need to but don't disturb this long running piece of history.

Signature # 531

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Rachel Kimber NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 530

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Nicholas Ursa Manhattan, NY

Please leave the trail the way it es.

Signature # 529

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Peter BogolubBronx, NY

My son and I traverse this serene trail as often as possible. Please, please, please do not harm this trail!

Signature # 528

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Nancy Cavillones Bronx, NY

The Putnam Trail is an amazing part of Van Cortlandt Park. Don't take it away.

Signature # 527

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Ana Leiva Bronx, NY

Keep the Putnam trail ALIVE - NO PAVEMENT!!!!!

Signature # 526

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Maryann Khinda NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 525

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
matthew toonkel Brooklyn, NY

Save the Traillllll

Signature # 524

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Dave Simko NY State Resident

Save the Trail!

Signature # 523

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Paulina Nunez NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 522

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Melissa Patterson Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please preserve the Putnam Trail!!!

Signature # 521

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Mike Dailey Bronx, NY

Please do not pave the trail.

Signature # 520

February 1, 2012
10:58pm
Rachel Gissinger Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 519

February 1, 2012
5:29pm
aja marsh Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 518

February 1, 2012
5:29pm
Elisa Messore Bronx, NY

Nothing could be more important for Van Cortlandt than saving a running trail in a park so famous for and steeped in history of running. It remains such an important part of competitive cross country running while also inviting people to enjoy all types of activities. Please don't broaden and pave!

Signature # 517

February 1, 2012
5:29pm
nelson laplante Queens, NY

Keep the Putnam Trail a trail. Paving the trail is a WASTE of money, money that the city does NOT have. It would ruin the traditional, historical aspects of the park.

Signature # 516

February 1, 2012
12:53pm
Amy Wilson Manhattan, NY

Dear Mayor Bloomberg and associated government agencies please leave our trails alone!! We live in an area surrounded by concrete and asphalt. There are very few areas in the five boroughs for runners and hikers alike to experience natural trails. You and your administration are threatening to boycott runner's and running organizations from using a trail so that you can pave it!! That is ludacris. Let us enjoy nature the way it was intended.

Signature # 515

February 1, 2012
12:53pm
Will "GottaRUN" Sanchez Manhattan, NY

Listen to the people Commissioner Benepe. Don't asphalt the Putnam Trail. What's next - destroying Coney Island's boardwalk?

Signature # 514

February 1, 2012
12:53pm
Eamon Foley NY State Resident

Please keep as many trails and hiking routes as possible, we need the outdoors, particularly for kids.

Signature # 513

February 1, 2012
12:53pm
Julia Manhattan, NY

save trails everywhere! we need them like we need oxygen!

Signature # 512

February 1, 2012
12:53pm
stogs NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 511

February 1, 2012
12:53pm
Michael HickeyNY State Resident

no message

Signature # 510

January 31, 2012
8:46pm
sam arnstein NY State Resident

I love riding my bike on the dirt trail

Signature # 509

January 31, 2012
8:46pm
Roberta Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 508

January 31, 2012
8:46pm
Amy Koop Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 507

January 31, 2012
8:46pm
mike Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 506

January 30, 2012
12:32pm
aura cardona Bronx, NY

grew up with the Bronx Parks as my playground!!! please allow our children have them to enjoy as I did!!!

Signature # 505

January 30, 2012
12:32pm
Spencer Ellis Staten Island, NY

If we don't preserve our parks and trails then our knees will be shot.

Signature # 504

January 30, 2012
12:32pm
Charles Bifulco NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 503

January 30, 2012
12:32pm
chris Queens, NY

save the putnam trail!!!

Signature # 502

January 30, 2012
12:32pm
Tim Burrows Manhattan, NY

I strongly support this effort. There is no reason why the Putnam Trail should be paved. And the Parks Dept. does too much paving as it is, rather than protecting.

Signature # 501

January 30, 2012
12:32pm
stephanie Gehrsitz NY State Resident

Please do not pave the trail. There is already little nature in the area and we need to keep what we have. Walkers, runners and even bikers will like it. It is so much healthier on the joins to walk/run on soft ground and the animals will thank us, too!

Signature # 500

January 30, 2012
12:32pm
Michael Tobin Staten Island, NY

Please keep as many trail as is possible.

Signature # 499

January 30, 2012
12:32pm
Ray Schwartz Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 498

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Mildred Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 497

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Michael Smyth Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

It is quite ridiculous to think that this land should be used for anything other than the beautiful trail which is there currently.

If these changes are being considered for something as artificial and fleeting as profits, I urge you to think again, lest your conscience give you trouble sleeping.

Signature # 496

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Lynn Leon Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 495

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Louisa Wang Manhattan, NY

Please Save the the Trail!!!

Signature # 494

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Bryan Cockerham Manhattan, NY

Putnam Trail is one of the few natural escapes we have in this otherwise concrete world. Please don't denature it. I'd prefer you didn't even cover it with stone dust.

Signature # 493

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Erik Jenson Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 492

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Atsushi Hamanaka Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Don't pave. Save money and nature.

Signature # 491

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Randy Mercer Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 490

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Joe Catalanotto Queens, NY

Laps on the flats always made me feel better!!

Signature # 489

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Dylan giebler NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 488

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Melissa Mead Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Save the trail!!

Signature # 487

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Adam Vess NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 486

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Margarita Cortez NY State Resident

Save the trail! Save Van Cortlandt Park. There is so little greenery in NYC. We need everything we have.. Also Van Cortlandt Park is an important asset to us all. People love running there, and it brings lots of joy and it brings people together in so many ways. ( Let us be heard )

Signature # 485

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Paul fiore NY State Resident

I am an avid athlete and I would like to keep our trails open for runners like myself. New York provides a perfect mix of city and wildlife. Don't screw it up.

Signature # 484

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Tim Keegan NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 483

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Siobhan NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 482

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Joe Garland NY State Resident

It makes no sense. I posted something here: http://runwestchester.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/at-least-its-not-for-a-parking-lot/

Signature # 481

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Brad Ackerman NY State Resident

Save the trail!

Signature # 480

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Darcy Dahl Manhattan, NY

having tripped over - and injured myself on - many poorly maintained sidewalks and paved paths while running to the Putnam trail, I am disheartened by the irony of someone thinking paving it is a good idea.

Signature # 479

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Stefan Oliva Queens, NY

One of the few amazing places in the city to run on soft surface. While in highschool, it was this trail that made me appreciate running at its most pure. Truly a distance runner's dream.

Signature # 478

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Brian NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 477

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Justin Mitchell NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 476

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Zuri Wilson NY State Resident

Keep NY fit and active! Please!

Signature # 475

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Tomoko Tanii NY State Resident

Please save the trail!

Signature # 474

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Justin Britton NY State Resident

Please do not damage the Putnam trail at all, preserve the little amounts of trails that the NY State area has..don't want everyone finding an excuse to not be out and about.

Signature # 473

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Cathy Capozzi Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please leave the Trail in its natural state. Please don't pave the Trail!

Signature # 472

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Greg Salamone Bronx, NY

Van Cortlandt is the one place I can go to feel like I've gotten "away" from the city and in to real nature. I love being on the trails, in the middle of the woods, and feel like I am alone and with nature. Paving a trail would probably bring lots of new traffic to the trails. Personally, I consider this unwanted traffic...rollerbladers, strollers, etc. With more traffic could also bring more trash along the trail.

Signature # 471

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Kevin Bronx, NY

Please do not destroy the putnam trail. This is one of the few natural paths we nyc residence have to enjoy.

Signature # 470

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Jolynda Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I lived in NYC for 10 years, and now I live in Montclair NJ and work in the City. I am a runner and I love these city parks. Please don't pave the Putnam Trail! Sadly, these beautiful unpaved trails have become few and far between.

Signature # 469

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Jenn Ifill Bronx, NY

I love the Putnam Trail! It's the best trail for a run and is absolutely beautiful. I think spending money to pave rather than upkeep is a mismanagement of our money! This trail is a historical part of the Bronx and should be kept for all to enjoy as well as future generations.

Signature # 468

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Lauren Jolly Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 467

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Chris Hawson Manhattan, NY

There is no need to pave what is already a perfectly good surface for all users.

Signature # 466

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Cathy Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 465

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Jamie NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 464

January 29, 2012
9:01am
jeremy lebowitz Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

i work in NY, pay taxes to NY, and really don't want the Putman trail altered in anay way. I want to continue running the trail as is.

Signature # 463

January 29, 2012
9:01am
jane Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 462

January 29, 2012
9:01am
Theresa Bronx, NY

I have spent many hours walking the Putnam Trail. Even though my kids won't need their stroller by the time the trail is redone, I love the idea of a bike/foot/stroller-friendly, well-drained surface that preserves the intimate, tree-shaded feeling of the current trail.

Signature # 461

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Eddie Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 460

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Brent Richardson Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

save the trail!

Signature # 459

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Jason Godlewicz Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 458

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Jaquan Bronx, NY

PLEASEEEEE SAVE THE TRAIL ! :( :'-(

Signature # 457

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Tom McGonnigle Bronx, NY

What are you people NUTS there is no reason to pave any part of these trails. This is a decision being made by people that have no idea what they are doing,nor do they really have any idea what it means, Nature Trail.

Signature # 456

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Ragh Srinivasan Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 455

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Frank Bronx, NY

I will vote against all of you if you pave the Putnam Trail. Why destroy this great land so you can invent a job for a contractor. You are being fiscally irresponsible during a recession, going ahead with a project that no one in the community supports, & destroying nature. No one who knows this area would do this. John Q Voter

Signature # 454

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Angela King-HorneNY State Resident

no message

Signature # 453

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Michael McKenna NY State Resident

Please don't pave the trail. There is enough pavement throughout the city. The dirt trail gives the legs a nice break

Signature # 452

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Cynthia Hernandez NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 451

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Rhea Bronx, NY

Keeping the trail the way it is now is better for people, animals, and foliage.

Signature # 450

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Ariel Hidalgo Manhattan, NY

Keep this wonderful activity available to all new yorkers!!!!

Signature # 449

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Larry Kellogg Manhattan, NY

Please don't pave the trail.

Signature # 448

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Larry Kellogg Manhattan, NY

Please don't pave the trail.

Signature # 447

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Maciek Brooklyn, NY

this must be a joke!

Signature # 446

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Bartosz K. Queens, NY

Please save

Signature # 445

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Filip Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 444

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Suzette Jones Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I was visiting family in NYC, when I had the pleasure of running on the beautiful trails in the park for a Holiday Race on Christmas day 2011.
Please keep the park! We were surprised to find such a beautiful spacious park in NYC!

Signature # 443

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Kevin Valenta Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

The Putnam Trail has a direct impact on the quality of life in NYC. As important as Central Park is, the dispersion of parks throught NYC is critical to maintaining a healthy balance between commercial and residential uses and the open space to serve those uses.

Signature # 442

January 29, 2012
8:59am
Ron Aponte Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Putnam Trail is fine the way it is.

Signature # 441

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
Dan Doherty Bronx, NY

All parts of VCP are a historical part of the Bronx and New York City. I grew up running the trails here, and to take this away from every future runner/walker/out door enthusiast is a shame.

Signature # 440

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
Elana Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 439

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
Craig Goldberg NY State Resident

Don't pave the trail. It is not necessary.

Signature # 438

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
Yoko Hayashida Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 437

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
Dave Kleckner Manhattan, NY

While I appreciate the need to protect environmentally sensitive areas, it is feasible for runners, hikers and others to co-exist with nature without paving the Putnam trail. Instead of paving the trail, please improve the trail with a stone dust surface, keeping its current 8ft width.

Signature # 436

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
Lisa ArbucciBronx, NY

no message

Signature # 435

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
Lauren Primerano Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 434

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
Andrew Manhattan, NY

Don't ruin one of the best running surfaces in NYC. It one of the few things that has brought me to the Bronx!

Signature # 433

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
JoAnn Pate Bronx, NY

Paving the Putnam Trail would destroy the natural habitat of that stretch. Also it would make it very dangerous for runners as bikers would use it as a speedway.

Signature # 432

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
Beth Dexter NY State Resident

Relatively speaking, there aren't too many non-paved trails in the NY Metro area left for us longer distance runners. Please leave nature to nature. We enjoy it as-is!!!!

Signature # 431

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
Melissa Manhattan, NY

Save the trail! Save Van Cortlandt Park. There is so little greenery in NYC. We need everything we have (and more)

Signature # 430

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
Karen Loops Manhattan, NY

Please do not pave the Putnam Trail!! VCP is special and unique amongst city parks precisely because it remains in its natural state... it's more like being in a rural state park than one in the middle of the city. There are plenty of paved trails in other city parks (CP, for one). Not to mention that asphalt is environmentally WRONG in so many ways, and it does not belong in a beautiful wooded park!

Signature # 429

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
Paul Manhattan, NY

I'm on the xc/track teams at Columbia, and we frequently utilize the trail in question. It provides a much needed escape from the boundless pavement of NYC- its seclusion and uniqueness would certainly be missed.

Signature # 428

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
Sabrina Hall Bronx, NY

Please save our trail.

Signature # 427

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
Bob Orazem Staten Island, NY

Say no to paving!!!

Signature # 426

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
Joe Nuara Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Save the trails!!!

Signature # 425

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
Arlene Tieng Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 424

January 26, 2012
5:31pm
CA Smith Staten Island, NY

LEAVE THE TRAIL AS IT IS!!!

Signature # 423

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
Michael Brokaw Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

As an avid outdoor enthusiastic I suggest you maintain the trail as dirt with a slight upgrade to a stone dust surface, NO PAVEMENT!

Signature # 422

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
Pat NoonanManhattan, NY

Please do not pave the Putnam Trail!!

Paving and widening the trail will cause irreparable damage to the environment and community of Van Cortland Park.

It is also one of the extremely rare, true trails to run on for those who live in and around NYC.

Please save our trail!

Thank you,

-Pat

Signature # 421

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
Karen Marmon Brooklyn, NY

This is one of my favorite trails in NYC and the best place to experience nature! New York already has a runoff problem of rainwater overflowing the sewers and more pavement will compound the problem. In addition, widening the trail will involve cutting out plants and creating a greater boundary for wildlife to cross. Please also consider the trail runners and bikers that come here specifically because it is not paved, a unique trait in New York City which has so many paved recreation areas already.

Signature # 420

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
Briggitte Martinez Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 419

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
Elizabeth Monroe NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 418

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
Justin Mendoza Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 417

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
Denise Gilson Bronx, NY

The trail should remain as it is, natural, beautiful and accessible.

Signature # 416

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
Jill Watson Manhattan, NY

Please do not pave the trail. It is fiscally irresponsible to spend such a large amount of money on something most people don't want. The majority of users of the trail would prefer it stay unpaved. It is one of the few only places easily accessible from Manhattan where I can go to feel like I've escaped into the woods. I love running there. It is environmentally irresponsible to tarnish such a beautiful place.

Signature # 415

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
Michael Elias Queens, NY

The trail should be left natural. We have enough pavement in NYC.

Signature # 414

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
MARK WALSH Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

It would be a shame to pave the trail and probably create more problems in the long run.
If maintenance is an issue recruit groups such as the runners hikers and bicyclist to donate their time to keep the trails safe with clean up efforts.
Post a few run at your own risk signs if can't clear the trails in the snow due to slightly uneven surfaces and plowing problems.
Can't anything remain kind of like it was a hundred or two hundred yrs ago?

Signature # 413

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
David Schoer Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 412

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
Gaitrie Ramnarine Bronx, NY

Please save the trail

Signature # 411

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
Dean Hutchinson NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 410

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
James Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 409

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
Jack Pilla Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please don't pave the Putnam Trail! We need more dirt, not pavement.

Signature # 408

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
Stephen Sterner Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please leave the trail as natural as possible.

Signature # 407

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
Gerald McGee NY State Resident

I live in SW Yonkers, close to the Putnam Trail which I use regularly for walking and birding. The trail should remain as it is.

Signature # 406

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
Rose Bronx, NY

Paving over this land will destroy the natural beauty of it. There are already too few natural places in boroughs that we can escape to. Paving and widening paths does not beautify a park. Please preserve the area's natural character.

Signature # 405

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
Rima Sidhu Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 404

January 26, 2012
5:23pm
Ben Starr Brooklyn, NY

Please don't pave the trail.

Signature # 403

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
John McShane Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 402

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
Evan Guttman Manhattan, NY

Roads shouldn't be in a park. Who thought this was a good idea??

Signature # 401

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
Heather Bemis Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 400

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
Sean Flynn Manhattan, NY

NYC, please use common sense. Thank you!

Signature # 399

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
Danyel Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 398

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
Emily Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 397

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
Juerg Bandle Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 396

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
Juliene Bell-Smith NY State Resident

We need this park!

Signature # 395

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
Britt Berger NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 394

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
Emily Chan Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 393

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
Rich macdonaldOut of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 392

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
Jennifer Granit Bronx, NY

I prefer to experience nature as it is...natural.

Signature # 391

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
Ronny Quevedo Bronx, NY

Save the Putnam Trail

Signature # 390

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
David Staley NY State Resident

Save the trail!

Signature # 389

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
Enrik Reyes NY State Resident

Whoever decided to pave this trail has it all backwards. Bronx officials should champion the effort to save this little green space and promote its natural beauty. What brings 100s and 1000s to the Bronx and Van Courtland Park is this natural trail. Come'on Bronx... lead the cause in saving one of NYC's last natural resources and parks. This crown jewel is a haven from all the overpopulated and over-paved trails in the five boroughs. Rethink the problem and develop alternatives to capitalize on its value that all Bronx (and NYC) residents will be proud of.

Signature # 388

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
Kate Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 387

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
Endor Manhattan, NY

Leave the trail alone please.

Signature # 386

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
Anne Gibbons Bronx, NY

Van Cortlandt Park is already carved up mercilessly by the thruway and parkways. Please preserve the rustic nature of the Putnam Trail. Paving it may be nice for cyclists who will whiz through the park in just a few minutes, but it serves no one else and harms the natural environment. The park is not just for one group and it's not just about users. It's about protecting what little remains of a natural environment in New York City. PLEASE DO NOT DO SOMETHING IRREVERSIBLE AND DEAD WRONG! It is simply not worth it on any level! Thank you.

Signature # 385

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
M Ruiz Bronx, NY

Please preserve the natural beauty of the Putnam Trail. NYC doens't have much of these as is and would be a shame to lose.

Signature # 384

January 26, 2012
5:21pm
Katy Stoffel-Walter Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 383

January 26, 2012
9:05am
Tamara Ewoldt Manhattan, NY

Is it really necessary to pave over everything? i prefer it as it is, but a stone dust surface at the current 8 ft width in keeping with the 5k course in Van Cortlandt Park seems fair enough.

Signature # 382

January 26, 2012
9:05am
dan young NY State Resident

Is there anything sacred in this world anymore.If its not broken,dont fix it.Leave well enough alone.NO BLACKTOP[CHEMICALS]IN THE WOODS!!!

Signature # 381

January 26, 2012
9:05am
Madeline Bost Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please do not pave the Putnam Trail. Stone dust is the preferred surface for walking, running, even biking and is environmentally friendly.

Signature # 380

January 26, 2012
9:05am
david greenberg Manhattan, NY

please preserve the trail! A jewel!

Signature # 379

January 26, 2012
9:05am
TAG Manhattan, NY

Save the putnam trail. I loved the run, brought me up to the bronx

Signature # 378

January 26, 2012
9:05am
Kathryne Morehouse Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 377

January 26, 2012
9:05am
Sherry Carr Bronx, NY

Paving the Putnum trail is an incredibly bad idea. Not only is it insensitive to nature, but defeats the purpose of being authentically in nature and out of traffic and congestion that is the daily assault on most of our senses. As a runner, I count on the softer surfaces to buffer my ride, but I mostly head there (at least 3 days a week) to run in nature and experience that which cannot be experienced in most places in the 5 boroughs -- out of my classroom, off the streets, off the pavement...period.

Signature # 376

January 26, 2012
9:05am
aimee Manhattan, NY

Keep it natural we have so few "dirt paths" in NYC

Signature # 375

January 26, 2012
9:05am
Nancy Muir Manhattan, NY

What a wonderful asset this trail is to our community. Please leave it natural - it's one of the few escapes from the rest of the paved city streets, sidewalks, and paths.

Signature # 374

January 26, 2012
9:05am
Juli Borst Queens, NY

No asphalt on the Putnam trail, please. I ride a bike with my family every year on Wabash Trace Trail in Iowa; it has a crushed stone surface. Part of the trail near Malvern IA was paved with asphalt- and had already started falling apart by the time I rode it again the next year. We ride with fat tires, skinny tires, and even one recumbant bike, and the crushed stone trail surface works for all of us. I'd love to ride Putnam Trail and hear the hypnotic sound of crushed stone under my wheels.

Signature # 373

January 26, 2012
9:05am
Amy Cooper Manhattan, NY

Please preserve the natural beauty of the Putnam Trail. It is a valuable place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This trail means a lot to the New York running community.

Signature # 372

January 26, 2012
9:05am
Stacey Skole Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 371

January 26, 2012
9:05am
Charles Castiglioni Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

why would you pave the Putnam trail if it is environmentally sensitive? is there a kickback?

Signature # 370

January 26, 2012
9:04am
Thomas Wong Brooklyn, NY

Keep the Putnam Trail or I will ensure to vote you out of office

Signature # 369

January 26, 2012
9:04am
david lee Brooklyn, NY

Please perserve the natural state of this trail. NYC doens't have much of these as is and would be a shame to lose Putnam Trail

Signature # 368

January 26, 2012
9:04am
dan ingegno NY State Resident

do not pave the trail!!!!

Signature # 367

January 26, 2012
9:04am
dan ingegno NY State Resident

do not pave the trail!!!!

Signature # 366

January 26, 2012
9:04am
Steven Lee Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 365

January 26, 2012
9:04am
Sean Thomas Manhattan, NY

Please do not shut down this trail!

Signature # 364

January 26, 2012
9:04am
Debra Alfano NY State Resident

Please keep the trail in its natural state of beauty.

Signature # 363

January 26, 2012
9:04am
Sally Brooklyn, NY

It would be a shame to cover the beautiful trail. This is a place where we can have a nice trail run/walk and enjoy nature. It's an escape from the crazy city life sometimes. We need to invest the money to help improve the trail not ruin it.

Signature # 362

January 26, 2012
9:04am
Alex Neuhoff Manhattan, NY

Don't ruin the Putnam trail!

Signature # 361

January 26, 2012
9:04am
Mike Halovatch Manhattan, NY

DON'T PAVE THE PUTNAM TRAIL!!! THERE IS PLENTY OF PAVEMENT IN NYC ALREADY!

Signature # 360

January 26, 2012
9:04am
Beth Powmesamy Manhattan, NY

Use the paving money for ecological education programs for youth, reforestation efforts and maintenance.

Signature # 359

January 26, 2012
9:04am
Neil Fitzgerald Bronx, NY

I run the Putnam trail every morning, along with a number of East African athletes who are among the greatest runners in the world. We recognize that this route is unique in New York City as a place to run and walk on a natural surface. It is better for the environment, better for the health of those who use it, and it invites users who respect and value the park. Who needs another mile of street? God knows this city has enough of that!

Signature # 358

January 26, 2012
9:04am
Jennifer Liggio Manhattan, NY

Don't take away from the beautiful environment. Cherish what we have left of it don't destroy it

Signature # 357

January 26, 2012
9:04am
Maria Liggio Manhattan, NY

It's a beautiful place to run. Don't take it away

Signature # 356

January 26, 2012
9:04am
Kim VuBrooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 355

January 26, 2012
9:04am
Barbara Connolly Manhattan, NY

Please, preserve Van Cortlandt Park natural state. Paving the Putman Trail runs counter to what a natural trail is.

Signature # 354

January 26, 2012
9:04am
Carol Krauss Bronx, NY

NY Parks should not be allowed to move forward with this project. The money could be used to fix things already broken within the park

Signature # 353

January 26, 2012
9:04am
Denis MikhaylovOut of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 352

January 26, 2012
9:04am
Lauren LaRoche Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 351

January 26, 2012
9:04am
Doug Freeman NY State Resident

Please keep the Putnam trail as true to its natural state as possible. Many local residents walk, jog, and bike along this trail and enjoy its harmonious fit into the natural character of the surrounding parkland. By paving over the Putnum Trail we would lose a great public amenity.

Signature # 350

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Lorraine Clarke Bronx, NY

Please save the Putnam Trail. It's a wonderful trail to run on & we don't need it paved!

Signature # 349

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Emily Peck Queens, NY

This is a great trail that should be preserved as is

Signature # 348

January 26, 2012
9:03am
admas belilgne Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 347

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Patrick ByrneManhattan, NY

There's no reason to pave it. It works fine as it is, and it's a shame that an argument for NOT paving over more of NYC even needs to be mounted.

Signature # 346

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Rebecca Brooklyn, NY

Save the trail! It's a wonderful place to run as it stands!

Signature # 345

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Taeya Konishi-Schogel Brooklyn, NY

Please keep this open to us runners!! we love trail runs once in awhile and get away from the city.

Signature # 344

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Holly Brewster Manhattan, NY

Please do not pave the Putnam Trail. It is really a gem and should be protected.

Signature # 343

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Elizabeth Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 342

January 26, 2012
9:03am
T. Rebello Manhattan, NY

I love this trail and truly hope you do all you can to preserve it!

Signature # 341

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Leah REddy Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 340

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Lara Gonzalez Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 339

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Matthew Vanzo Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 338

January 26, 2012
9:03am
nancy NY State Resident

please do not pave our trail1

Signature # 337

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Wei Chen Manhattan, NY

Save the Putnam trail. It is one of our few nature refuges to enjoy in NYC!

Signature # 336

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Jeff Baez NY State Resident

It is unconscionable to say that the trail will be closed for environmental protection and then paved. Don't do it!!!

Signature # 335

January 26, 2012
9:03am
sandra fretelliere Brooklyn, NY

Please keep one of the last unpaved trail of NYC, we don't need more pavement!

Signature # 334

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Tanya Kaufman Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 333

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Suhagi Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 332

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Ellie Dugan Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 331

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Luciano Medina Brooklyn, NY

Please keep our trail as nature has it.

Signature # 330

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Pam Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 329

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Larry Joo Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please do not pave over this trail. It is part of the park's charm and would create unnecessary construction of pavement in A PARK. It is a trail and should be kept that way. A stone dust surface, as this petition supports, would be an excellent alternative instead.

Signature # 328

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Bobbye Manhattan, NY

Please do not pave! Nature trails are needed!

Signature # 327

January 26, 2012
9:03am
David Goldberg Manhattan, NY

Please preserve this trail! It is a beautiful, semi-natural trail that is one of the only place in the city to experience a true walk in the woods without getting in your car.

The city has enough paved paths. It feels like this decision is being made by people who have never bothered to use the trail as it is. use the money where it is really needed and leave good enough alone!

thanks!

Signature # 326

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Evan Guttman Manhattan, NY

Roads shouldn't be in a park. Who thought this was a good idea??

Signature # 325

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Michelle Queens, NY

It's not broke don't fix it, it's a natural environment let it be, I'm sure the park could use the money in a better way, asphalt and concrete do not add a natural beauty to this place

Signature # 324

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Darbi Roberts Manhattan, NY

one of the best trails in the city - keep it natural!

Signature # 323

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Emily Manhattan, NY

New York doesn't need more pavement; keep a beautiful woodland path as is!

Signature # 322

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Mordy Serle Brooklyn, NY

Don't loose sight of what is important, even if it is not the most efficient or economical way!

Signature # 321

January 26, 2012
9:03am
jay c Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 320

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Evan Guttman Manhattan, NY

Roads shouldn't be in a park. Who thought this was a good idea??

Signature # 319

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Christine Neely Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

With so few real parks and un-disturbed places in NYC you NEED to save the Putnam Trail, for all of NYC and the people who visit it frequently!

Signature # 318

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Kate P Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 317

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Cassandra M. Knott Brooklyn, NY

Paving over this land will the destroy the natural beauty of it. There are already too few natural places in boroughs that we can escape to. Paving and widening paths does not beautify a park. Man's presence is overly abundant in NYC. Please leave this be.

Signature # 316

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Stephen Fitzpatrick Manhattan, NY

Please leave the Putnam trail alone!!!

Signature # 315

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Greg Lyons Bronx, NY

It's my favorite place to run, especially in the holiday marathons

Signature # 314

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Ricky Nilsson Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 313

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Will O'Connell NY State Resident

It doesn't make sense to widen the trail, or to pave it. Keep it natural, keep it beautiful.

Signature # 312

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Amanda Newman Queens, NY

The only reason I go to this park is to run on the unpaved trails...if that goes away it will be one less place I can go in the city...and one less reason to live here.

Signature # 311

January 26, 2012
9:03am
Sara M NY State Resident

The trails in Van Cortlandt Park bring a rare and vital opportunity to enjoy nature in the midst of New York City. Paving the trail would be a shame. I'm certain the moneys allocated to pave the Putnam Trail could be better utilized elsewhere.

Signature # 310

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Dana Brooks Brooklyn, NY

Please don't waste money on ruining a natural beauty in NYC. I can't really understand the justification for this project.

Signature # 309

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Agatha Kluk Manhattan, NY

Please save it!

Signature # 308

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Dennett Edwards Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 307

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Michael Cheng Queens, NY

Please do not destroy a rare and beautiful piece of nature in this concrete jungle of ours.

Signature # 306

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Pat Keane NY State Resident

Please leave the trail as is.

Signature # 305

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Helena Uthas Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 304

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Marshall BrownOut of State Resident/Tax Payer

The precious places of nature are becoming too few.

Signature # 303

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Den Burnsnis Bronx, NY

Do not destroy unnecessary trees and habitat. You know that is wrong.

Signature # 302

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Vipin Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

leave a patch of green in the city of concrete

Signature # 301

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Andrew Kraszewski Brooklyn, NY

I would like to see the trails as natural as they can be while also allowing enjoyable use by the public. Asphalt paving is very damaging. Thank you

Signature # 300

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Marissa Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 299

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Christopher Wood Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 298

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Michael Sanderson Manhattan, NY

The trail does not need paving

Signature # 297

January 26, 2012
9:02am
BW Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 296

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Lauren Bosch Brooklyn, NY

I've enjoyed running on the trail several times.

Signature # 295

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Shweta Bharadwaj Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 294

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Steven Weber Brooklyn, NY

Please don't pave our trail and instead let us enjoy the natural beauty of it!!

Signature # 293

January 26, 2012
9:02am
janahlee NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 292

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Shervon M. Small Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 291

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Jennie Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 290

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Ekaterina Manhattan, NY

Pls keep this trail! It means a lot to our community!

Signature # 289

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Ellen K Manhattan, NY

Please improve the trail without paving it.

Signature # 288

January 26, 2012
9:02am
tomom iManhattan, NY

Paving the Putnam Trail would ruin the beauty of nature.

Signature # 287

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Kathleen NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 286

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Brian O Manhattan, NY

To ruin the history and beauty of Van Cortlandt Park could send a bad message to other parks in the city. By paving the Putnam Trail, you take away the park's unique charm. Doing this would cause irreparable damage to the park.

Signature # 285

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Brittany Anderson Manhattan, NY

The Putnam Trail offers a natural sanctuary like nowhere else in the city. I had one of the best running experiences of my life participating in a half-marathon on it this fall. Paving it over would completely alter its attraction and beauty.

Signature # 284

January 26, 2012
9:02am
David Lebron Bronx, NY

Save the Trail. Dont ruin the park.

Signature # 283

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Alison McDevitt Manhattan, NY

Please do not pave over a trail we love just the way it is.

Signature # 282

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Richard Wells Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

No need for drastic change.

Signature # 281

January 26, 2012
9:02am
VIckie Cox NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 280

January 26, 2012
9:02am
rebecca greene Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 279

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Michael Dixon Manhattan, NY

The Putnam Trail is a beautiful oasis of nature in NYC. There are plenty of paved trails in Van Cortlandt and other city parks. Leave the Putnam Trail as-is and let people get a break from the pavement.

Signature # 278

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Margarita Krivitski Manhattan, NY

Please keep the Putnam trail as is. Having run my first half marathon on the trail I can say it is truly one of a kind in NYC and shouldn't be paved over and widened. Thanks for considering our opinions!

Signature # 277

January 26, 2012
9:02am
heather moore Brooklyn, NY

please keep this world class trail runner's delight as it currently is.

Signature # 276

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Kathy NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 275

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Casey wu Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 274

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Caroline NY State Resident

The Holiday Marathons are a wonderful way to promote health and community on a regular basis throughout the year! I hope that the wonderful natural setting for the venue is maintained and that the races can continue well into the future.

Signature # 273

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Carlo A Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Save the trail!! Yeeehaaa
Seriously trail = dirt and nature.
Keep the asphalt and concrete out of there: more paved area = more ranoff and more damages to the communities around the trails. Also, why should you pave it? So you can drive a car through it? Please..move your butt from the couch or if you are too lazy to do it, let people who want to do it alone

Signature # 272

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Whitney Richman Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

save the trail

Signature # 271

January 26, 2012
9:02am
Charlotte Rizzo NY State Resident

Leave the environment alone. Please do not pave the Putnam trail. We have enough concrete creep as it is. Please keep our green spaces green!

Signature # 270

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Jennifer Ching NY State Resident

We don't need another paved asphalt road; we do, however, need more places where we can appreciate and enjoy nature.

Signature # 269

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Marie Barab NY State Resident

Please save the Putnam Trail.

Signature # 268

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Jane C NY State Resident

Don't pave the Putname Trail!! The trail is amazing--not only does the trail promote active lifestyle for many of the residents, it is also a unique and beautiful route. Let's save something that's beautiful.

Signature # 267

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Jennifer McMenemy Manhattan, NY

Keep this trail a TRAIL! Paving it will take away the natural beauty--the reason why people love walking/running/biking it. It's such a wonderful wilderness escape from the city. If it must be done, use rock dust and don't widen.

Signature # 266

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Carolyn Murphy NY State Resident

Please save this trail. It is beautiful and fun and I grew up down the block from here and love coming back to run on this trail. I live in Westchester, where we have so many great trails, but this one is the star of the Bronx.

Signature # 265

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Fatima Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 264

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Rosanna Heil Queens, NY

Please don't destroy the Putnam Trail by paving it - NYC has enough asphalt already!

Signature # 263

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Patrick Mcgee Manhattan, NY

One of the best places to run in NYC! Love it there.

Signature # 262

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Sharon Locke NY State Resident

Use the money to improve the trail with naturally...

Signature # 261

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Dominique Manhattan, NY

We have enough man made things, why keep destroying nature

Signature # 260

January 26, 2012
9:01am
kevin velardez Queens, NY

I come from queens and commute two hours by train to run through the beautiful trails in the park. Please don't pave the trails.

Signature # 259

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Maeve Townsend NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 258

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Bill cohen Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 257

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Lester Harper NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 256

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Rosie Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 255

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Huw Richards Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 254

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Lynette McBride Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 253

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Matthew Turk Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 252

January 26, 2012
9:01am
Renee O. Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 251

January 26, 2012
9:01am
stephen marsalese NY State Resident

Save this Beauty!

Signature # 250

January 26, 2012
9:00am
Melissa Formisano Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 249

January 26, 2012
9:00am
Tiago Dionisio Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 248

January 26, 2012
9:00am
Brad Sage NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 247

January 26, 2012
9:00am
Denice Szekely Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 246

January 26, 2012
9:00am
Stacey Keating Manhattan, NY

Natural beauty is free of charge! Keep your money Mr. Bloomberg and let us keep our park naturally lovely.

Signature # 245

January 26, 2012
9:00am
John Ulmer Bronx, NY

I fully support saving the Putnam trail

Signature # 244

January 26, 2012
9:00am
Lars Brekken Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 243

January 26, 2012
9:00am
Otto Hoering Manhattan, NY

The Putnam trail should remain un-paved. There are very few places left to run without pounding your legs and feet on the pavement. Don't take this away from us. We don't need to make every piece of nature in to a road.

Signature # 242

January 26, 2012
9:00am
Lucinda McConnell Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 241

January 26, 2012
9:00am
Xavier Bronx, NY

Stop being so damn greedy. Save the Putnam Trail and that's it. Your proposal for change makes absolutely no sense. Put on your running sneaks and find out why this is so precious to everyone!!!

Signature # 240

January 26, 2012
9:00am
James Earl Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Waste of money.

Signature # 239

January 26, 2012
9:00am
Patricia Hickey Manhattan, NY

we have enough asphalt in the city!!!!!

Signature # 238

January 26, 2012
9:00am
christin kastl Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 237

January 26, 2012
9:00am
Cassandra Ekure Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 236

January 26, 2012
9:00am
Rina Bander Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 235

January 26, 2012
9:00am
Elvin Politano Queens, NY

Please save the Trails...This means alot to us runners .Thank you

Signature # 234

January 26, 2012
9:00am
sandy li Queens, NY

I love the trail as is. It is one of the last few true trails in the city. Pls dont widen and pave it.

Signature # 233

January 26, 2012
9:00am
Rajiv Raj Manhattan, NY

Our leaders need to see they are destroying nature, being fiscally irresponsible and pushing a project that the majority of the community does not support. Thank you!

Signature # 232

January 26, 2012
9:00am
Gregory Sans Manhattan, NY

I grew up running in Van Cortlandt Park and I think this is a shame that you are considering paving the Putnam Trail. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS. The nature trails are what makes VCP so special and you are planning on ruining all that is sacred about this piece of Heaven in the Bronx.

Signature # 231

January 26, 2012
9:00am
Esther Cuenca Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 230

January 24, 2012
5:34pm
L. Norton Bronx, NY

The trail is so runner/walker/bird watching friendly, a real jewel in the Bx. Pls. help protect the integrity of this trail by keeping it dust/stone, environmentally safe.
Than you,
Linda Norton

Signature # 229

January 24, 2012
5:34pm
Kathleen Daly NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 228

January 24, 2012
5:34pm
Jacqui R Manhattan, NY

Many runners train on these trails. They are invaluable for training and preventing soft tissue injuries.

Signature # 227

January 24, 2012
5:34pm
Alison Kaplan Bronx, NY

Don't pave the trail, spend the money on maintaining it. Work with volunteers who are willing to maintain it as it currently is. It is environmentally and fiscally irresponsible to pave the trail.

Signature # 226

January 24, 2012
5:34pm
Victor Littlejohn Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 225

January 24, 2012
5:34pm
Benigno Veraz Manhattan, NY

Please, preserve Van Cortlandt Park natural state. Paving the Putman Trail runs counter to what a natural trail is.

Signature # 224

January 24, 2012
5:34pm
Alix Bronx, NY

I live nearby and run the trail weekly. This would be a shame for the forest, for the runners, and for the Bronx!

Signature # 223

January 24, 2012
5:34pm
Shana Groeschler Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please leave a surprisingly beautiful trail beautiful. Don't pave the Putnam Trail.

Signature # 222

January 24, 2012
5:34pm
Oz Pearlman Manhattan, NY

I love the Putnam Trail and want to see to it that it remains unpaved. It does not seem an efficient use of taxpayer funds and I think it should be left in its current trail state.

Signature # 221

January 24, 2012
5:34pm
Fred Miller Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Do not pave the Putnam Trail with asphalt!!!!

Signature # 220

January 24, 2012
5:34pm
Phil GermakianOut of State Resident/Tax Payer

Don't Pave the Putnam Trail

Signature # 219

January 24, 2012
5:34pm
jim morris NY State Resident

please leavee the trail just that, a trail, we do not want or need more roads.

Signature # 218

January 24, 2012
5:34pm
Horace Grant Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 217

January 24, 2012
5:34pm
Christina Marie Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

This trail has been incredible to me and I would be heartbroken to see it paved. It surrounded by lush trees and grass which really sell it for me. Paving it would ruin what so many of us enjoy about hitting a trail. A better idea would be to invest some money in maintaining the trail as is. :0)

Signature # 216

January 24, 2012
5:34pm
Nicholas Soulakis Brooklyn, NY

I wish to see the Putnam Trail improved with a stone dust surface and kept at its current 8ft width!

Signature # 215

January 24, 2012
5:34pm
Heather Queens, NY

This is one of the few trails left within NYC and in the NYC parks, please don't pave it!

Signature # 214

January 24, 2012
5:34pm
Selma Bronx, NY

A shame that we are ruining this beautiful trail. A real injustice...to pave this natural beauty. No one benefits except the contractor..I hope the Parks Dept. and the mayor intervene to save this trail.

Signature # 213

January 24, 2012
2:02pm
Nicholas Napolitano Bronx, NY

Paving this trail is an aweful idea. There are plenty of other ways to use these funds to support trails in Van Cortlandt Park and create bike friendly lanes in other parts of the Bronx

Signature # 212

January 24, 2012
2:02pm
stacey Cooper NY State Resident

Please keep this beautiful trail as it is.

Signature # 211

January 24, 2012
2:02pm
Trinity Cho NY State Resident

I adore the Putnam Trail, and I think that it would be of great benefit to not take this great trail away from NYC! The people of NYC need to be able to witness nature, not simply more pavement. Let them keep a great piece of our environment, please!

Signature # 210

January 24, 2012
2:02pm
Rob Jacklosky Bronx, NY

I've written letters to the Riverdale Press, the mayor, and local politicians.

Signature # 209

January 24, 2012
2:02pm
Anthony Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I come in the city every week-end to run with my group on the few soft surface trails. Please keep Putnam the way it is.

Signature # 208

January 24, 2012
2:02pm
Tony kharitonov Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

please concentrate the tax payer money on fixing existing paved roads. Why waste money on this!

Signature # 207

January 24, 2012
2:02pm
Stephane Larochelle Manhattan, NY

Who decided to pave the Putnam trail, and for whose benefit? The contractor that will do the work and his politician friend are the only two people that come to mind. Seriously, please provide a justification, this just does not make any sense. Why not also pave over the great lawn in central park while you are at it…

Signature # 206

January 24, 2012
2:02pm
Justin Murray Queens, NY

please leave one of the few unpaved trails in the city, unpaved.

Signature # 205

January 24, 2012
2:02pm
Millie Reyes NY State Resident

I travel ALL THE WAY from West Point, NY to run the Holiday Marathons through the beautiful Putnam Trail. It would be a SHAME to prohibit the Holiday Marathon events. I thought we were a state ADVOCATING living an ACTIVE lifestyle to prevent obesity and sedentary lifestyle illnesses!!! What the Putnam Trail needs to be improved is a stone dust surface and kept at its current 8ft width and NOT pave asphalt! I HOPE
NYC Parks department REALLY reconsiders the PROHIBITION of the Putnam Trail use by Holiday Marathons!

Signature # 204

January 24, 2012
2:02pm
Enrik Reyes NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 203

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
Philip McCarthy Manhattan, NY

The Parks Department should be preserving our natural areas, not laying down pavement over them.

Signature # 202

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
tom moore NY State Resident

why???please keep the trail green.surely you can find other needs for the money.again i ask why pave such natural beauty???

Signature # 201

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
Manfred Anders Bronx, NY

Please keep it a trail!!

Signature # 200

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
Wallis Finger Brooklyn, NY

Please do not pave over the Putnam Trail.

Signature # 199

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
Antje Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 198

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
Tiffany Lewis Brooklyn, NY

Please keep this trail available and unpaved!

Signature # 197

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
Sam Kohn Manhattan, NY

Dear NYC parks: Leave well enough alone!

Signature # 196

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
Rose Itzcovitz NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 195

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
Lea Ravitz Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 194

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
nicole sin quee Manhattan, NY

Love the trail the way it is. Please do NOT pave it!!!

Signature # 193

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
VivienneManhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 192

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
Tim Decker Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I believe that we already have enough paved recreation areas and that paving the Putnam Trail would be an entirely unnecessary expense. Please leave it as is for us to enjoy.

Signature # 191

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
Shane Skowron Queens, NY

There's enough asphalt in the city. Paving another trail will ruin the quality of life for a lot of NYC residents, and is a waste of money. Please find other ways to improve it.

Signature # 190

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
Michael Samuels Manhattan, NY

With so few green spaces to enjoy in the city, I find it Very hard to understand why you would want to proceed with this endeavor. NO ONE wants this except YOU!

Signature # 189

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
Peter Bella Manhattan, NY

Please, preserve the trail as it is and do only regular repairs.

Signature # 188

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
Scott Martin Manhattan, NY

We runners/walkers/hikers don't have enough unpaved trails to enjoy in the city. This one is beautiful and enjoyable and well worth preserving in its current state. Paving and widening it will spoil it. The cyclists and other wheeled recreational users have plenty of other options for paved trails in the city as well as just outside the city traveling throughout Westchester (I say as a sometimes cyclist myself).

Signature # 187

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
William Berriel Brooklyn, NY

Putting asphalt on it will only make it worse for it's intended purpose.

Signature # 186

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
Michelle Hoffman Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Leave this beautiful piece of nature alone! Its perfect now!

Signature # 185

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
Matthew Gallegos NY State Resident

My wife and I love the trail as it currently is. We live in lower Westchester and frequently use the Van Cortlandt park and its trail system. The Putnam Trail is always one of the best parts of the hikes. Please do not pave this trail. We do everything we can to avoid the paved trails.

Signature # 184

January 24, 2012
2:01pm
Tammala Manhattan, NY

This totally UNCALLED FOR! tHIS TRAIL should stay THE WAY IT IS! & YOU SAY YOU'LL PUT pavement ON IT?!... that is destroying nature!!

Signature # 183

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Karima Jones Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 182

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Marty Schaivone Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I'm a bit confused as to why you want to spend millions to pave a sensitive park area. Please stop this nonsense.
Thank you

Signature # 181

January 24, 2012
11:57am
William Grogan Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please keep it a trail, we have enough paved roads!

Signature # 180

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Aleksandra Zuber Manhattan, NY

Please do not destroy the trail area and pave over this section. Better to spend money cleaning the leaves and trees than pay to ruin our parks.

Signature # 179

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Kevin McAllister Bronx, NY

It's great just the way it is. No need to change.

Signature # 178

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Frank Deleo Brooklyn, NY

It's a trail. It's not really meant to be paved. It's supposed to be in a primitive, yet gently trodden state. If it sometimes seems to be overused, the solution is not to "improve the surface" but to provide trail users with a larger selection of unimproved trail ways in the city.

Signature # 177

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Marc Anderson Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Asphalt doesn't make it better, take the road less traveled and that will make all the difference.

Signature # 176

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Kamen Yotov Brooklyn, NY

Asphalt is not an environment protective substance!

Signature # 175

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Sahu Habibi Manhattan, NY

Save the trail for future XCers.

Signature # 174

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Michael Scott Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 173

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Noah Finn Queens, NY

As a runner and a cyclist, I think the Putnam Trail works well the way it is. Paving it will only take away much of the feeling of being in nature, without providing any measurable benefit.

Signature # 172

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Maciek Macak Manhattan, NY

Why do you want to pave one of the last few soft running trails left in this City? It looks almost like a sabotage.

Signature # 171

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Lori Diamond Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 170

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Michele WaltersQueens, NY

Please do not asphalt the trails. Save the Putnam trails! The pristine beauty of nature is a wonderful and relaxing place to run or walk.

Signature # 169

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Arpan Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 168

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Moriah rosa Manhattan, NY

Save the trail!

Signature # 167

January 24, 2012
11:57am
herb Manhattan, NY

Wasting taxpayers money for an asphalt road on Putnam Trail where you guys mentioned no running events can be held and now you want to wast $1 Million dollars of our taxpaying money. This is what is wrong with this country wasting unnecessary money from the people that work hard for their money. Stone dust surface is better and will last longer please do the right thing for once.

Signature # 166

January 24, 2012
11:57am
RitaQueens, NY

no message

Signature # 165

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Ryan NY State Resident

Paving over one of NY's already limited number of nature trails should be a crime. Paved paths already outnumber wooded trails in the city, and more can be created alongside any major roadways without destroying the Putnam trail. Once this piece of nature is lost, it cannot be replaced.

Signature # 164

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Wayne Bates NY State Resident

Save your money and leave the natural beauty of the trail.

Signature # 163

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Jeff Lynn NY State Resident

Please keep the Putnam Trail as is for our enjoyment, and save the money for needed expenses.

Signature # 162

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Kapo Queens, NY

I wish to see the Putnam Trail improved with a stone dust surface and kept at its current 8ft width. I do trail runs there on a regular basis and doing anything else to it would ruin the natural surroundings.

Signature # 161

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Kwabena Debrah-Dwamena III Manhattan, NY

Please save the Putnam Trail.

Signature # 160

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Neil Fitzgerald Bronx, NY

I run the Putnam trail every morning, along with a number of East African athletes who are among the greatest runners in the world. We recognize that this route is unique in New York City as a place to run and walk on a natural surface. It is better for the environment, better for the health of those who use it, and it invites users who respect and value the park. Who needs another mile of street? God knows this city has enough of that!

Signature # 159

January 24, 2012
11:57am
Larry Kellogg Manhattan, NY

Please don't pave the trail.

Signature # 158

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
Carlos Perez Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 157

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
David Luljak Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

As a former resident of the metropolitan area, I oppose any paving or other form of degrading the natural environment of the Putnam Trail, or the disturbance of citizens' current use of the natural environment of the trail.

Signature # 156

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
Robert Villani NY State Resident

Absolutely do not pave. Let the natural beauty and legacy of this trail remain.

Signature # 155

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
Richard Lacey Manhattan, NY

Please keep New York parks as green and natural -- asphalt-free! -- as possible, and spare Putnam trail from urbanization.

Signature # 154

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
Tim Henderson NY State Resident

This is an unwanted waste of taxpayer dollars. Leave it dirt, the city has enough blacktop.

Signature # 153

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
Ojars Stikis Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Why? What is the reasoning or justification for paving a trail? As it is, there are too few 'soft' trails in our metro area. The disappointment of a few paving contractors/lobbyists should not outweigh the general public interest in enjoying this trail.

Signature # 152

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
Madeline Case Queens, NY

Don't ruin the Putnam Trail. What a great place to walk and run on. Asphalt will ruin everything. Why fix something if it's not broker.

Signature # 151

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
Davidf S. Case Queens, NY

Are you crazy or something? Why do you want to fix something if it's not broken. This is a buitiful trail and I like to run on it. My wife loves walking on it as well.

Signature # 150

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
Hideki Kinoshita Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

NYC doesn't have many trails left. Please spare the Putnam Trail from being paved. There are so many other pavement options for bicyclists, roller bladers, and runners to exercise on.

Signature # 149

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
Sherry Lane Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 148

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
Emily Fried Manhattan, NY

It is imperative to preserve the Putnam Trail. There are so few places where New Yorkers can escape paved roads, walkways, and trails. The Putnam Trail is not only historic but is also environmentally sensitive and to pave it would destroy any chance for environmental purity.

Signature # 147

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
Brian Burns Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Have been visiting & running in Van Cortland Park since 1967. Am originally from the Bronx.The historic aspects & natual aspects of the Park should be kept as they are for future visitors.

Signature # 146

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
Katie Carroll Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 145

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
Jessica Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

This is the only trail running available in NYC and I trek the whole way from Hoboken, NJ to participate in, enjoy and give back to the Holiday Marathons.

Signature # 144

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
Michael Bielik Manhattan, NY

Please keep our city parks natural and do not pave asphault over these trail and stone sections. If you say it's hard to maintain the trail in it's current condition, it will be even worse if it is paved by asphault, and subject to degredation.

Signature # 143

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
Mandi Susman Bronx, NY

I run in Van Cortlandt Park at least once a week and will be there much more in the coming year as I train for my first marathon. It will make my training more difficult and less enjoyable to have to complete all my park runs on asphalt. Its harder on the joints and makes the longer mileage that much more difficult

Signature # 142

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
Matt McCullough Queens, NY

I am against the paving of the Putnam Trail and I support the Save the Putnam Trail Campaign.

Signature # 141

January 23, 2012
5:56pm
Rachel Cutler Brooklyn, NY

I used to live on this trail and ran on it daily. I still come back often to run and race on it. Please keep it the amazing place that it is.

Thank you!

Signature # 140

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
mark w pinckney Bronx, NY

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Signature # 139

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
Gary Corbitt Bronx, NY

Van Cortlandt Park is known worldwide for its
Cross Country course and running history that has happened in this park. Please preserve this trail.

Signature # 138

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
Lisa Cao Brooklyn, NY

Please save the Putnam trail! I discovered my love of running at 15 years old on this trail and I've been running on it for 10 years!

Signature # 137

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
John Baglio Bronx, NY

Please don't pave this environmentally sensitive area. It the only dirt trail that connects multiple parks and is a recreational, environmental and historical treasure.

Signature # 136

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
Annette Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I am not understanding this action at all and I am not happy about the motion to pave such a beautiful trail without asking the residents. The trail is heavily used, a great place for NYC and allows us to see nature in our urban jungle.

Signature # 135

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
Mickaella Gottlieb Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 134

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
Laura Swift Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 133

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
Daiki Nakajima Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I always like to run on trails all over the place and especially enjoy it when there are events held. I would be saddened to hear that the putnam trail would be paved. This was one of my favorite tails in the vicinity of NYC

Signature # 132

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
crystal lee Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 131

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
Kevin Nunn Bronx, NY

Please do not increase the width or pave over the beautiful Putnam Trail in Van Courtland Park. Van Courtland and its trails are known throughtout the country for excellence in cross country running. NCAA and High School Championships are held within the Park. On days when the major races are held on the regular trails, most neighborhood runners and those familiar with the park switch to the Putnam Trail to avoid conflict with the major track meets which take over Vannie's trails and the flats (parade grounds). If the Parks Department assigned someone to examine how the park is actually used, they would see that by far the preponderance of activity is due to running. Several years ago the park's department ruined the parade grounds when it put asphalt oiver nearly one half of the trail that went around the flats. This caused the running community to run on the grass leaving a stamped down trail that was only just recently made into a half decent running trail. People come from all over the city to run in Van Courtland - just go there on a spring or fall day and see. Anyone with half a brain would know that destroying that trail with asphalt is one of the dumbest ideas ever planned for the park. Leave the trail alone and spend the money improving the rest rooms, which seem always closed, repairing the grass which is taking way too long, and improving lighting.

Signature # 130

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
E Sweeting Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 129

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
Marc Schreiber NY State Resident

Keep the Trail accessible to all rec users, please.

Signature # 128

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
Cassandra Miller Manhattan, NY

In our current economic downturn, our taxpayer money can be better spent than on the paving of a random NATURE trail, enjoyed by many AS-IS.

Signature # 127

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
Christy Leggiero NY State Resident

Please do not widen the trail, and disrupte the beauty that surrounds us; do not destroy what is left of a historical landmark by tearing the trees and bushes from their natural enviornment, to build a unnatural pathway. There have been alternatives set forth in front of you, and they are fair, and furthermore, it's a better choice financially. Save the Putnam Trail, and you save so much more than you can ever imagine!

Signature # 126

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
John EngManhattan, NY

Save the Putnam Trail!!!! The NYC parks are a treasure and should not mimic a highway.

Signature # 125

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
Jose Benitez Queens, NY

A local runner for 13 years, One of my all time favorite runs has been vcp's "railroad"... I trained on it as a xavier high school freshman, a Fordham University cross country runner, and now, as a city employee training for marathons year round! We love it as is!

Signature # 124

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
Cassandra Miller Manhattan, NY

In our current economic downturn, our taxpayer money can be better spent than on the paving of a random NATURE trail, enjoyed by many AS-IS.

Signature # 123

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
David Obelkevich Manhattan, NY

My wife and I are avid outdoorsmen, having cycled to California in 1990 and run a total of 250 marathons. Please keep the Putnam Trail as a trail, and don't make it a paved road.

Signature # 122

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
michael gross Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 121

January 23, 2012
5:55pm
Kathy Weintraub Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 120

January 23, 2012
12:24pm
Darren Rosa Manhattan, NY

I am city born and raised and appreciate every piece of soft earth and tree that comprises the bit of nature we have. I do not want the paving.

Signature # 119

January 23, 2012
12:24pm
lori horgan Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 118

January 23, 2012
12:24pm
Ian Stuart Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Insane! Pave the Putnam trail? Why?

Please don't do it.

Thank you,

Ian Stuart
858-602-2090

Signature # 117

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Nydia V Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

There is way too much asphalt in New York and not enough nature to get away to as it is. Let's try to preserve whatever little is left. Save the Putnam trail

Signature # 116

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Carl MehlingBronx, NY

Seems to me it's a no-brainer to leave the Putnam Trail unpaved. Paving/widening is both environmentally and fiscal irresponsible. Additionally, it's against the desires of the majority of the community.

Signature # 115

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Gail Marino Queens, NY

Surely these funds can be used to improve the parks in more nature-friendly ways. Please reconsider.

Signature # 114

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Donna Valeo NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 113

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Michelle NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 112

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Chris E.NY State Resident

I have run on this trail since high school and it is the best place to run in the state of New York, in my opinion. It should be left exactly as it is - why mess with perfection?

Signature # 111

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
anthony galfano NY State Resident

SAve th ePutnam Trail

Signature # 110

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Dean Leggiero NY State Resident

I live in yonkers adjacent to the trail-let us be able to join together and have the races!!!

Signature # 109

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Courtney Hart Brooklyn, NY

Please don't pave this beautiful trail!

Signature # 108

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Ed Altman Manhattan, NY

Please do not pave the Putnam Trail. It is a beautiful trail in the woods and paving it would diminish it's character.

Signature # 107

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Jay Radner Queens, NY

Paving this historic section of a public park seems to be a dramatic waste of funds that could easily be directed to uses that promote nature and fitness. It seems counterintuitive to do something that encourages use of motor vehicles when we should be enhancing the current state of park land in a way that makes it accessible to all, rather than focused on driving and use of petroleum - all of which makes our parks less inviting to the public. Please re-direct these funds to a more appropriate and suitable purpose that does not include paving over nature!

Signature # 106

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Elizabeth Azze NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 105

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Lillian Park Queens, NY

Please keep nature as little disturbed as possible.

Signature # 104

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Bob Jessen NY State Resident

All of the Friends of the Hudson Trail are with You!

Signature # 103

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Allison Dickin Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 102

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Josefine Infante Queens, NY

Isn't there enough pavement in NYC? Please don't allow the destruction of this unique trail. Paving it will ruin the trail for all that enjoy it in its current state.

Signature # 101

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Dan Shum Queens, NY

Please save the Putnam Trail as I enjoy the runs and walks whenever I can. Please DO NOT pave over the trail with asphalt as this is not environmentally sound. We don't have a lot of trails to begin with in NYC as it is.

Signature # 100

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Simone Smith Brooklyn, NY

Please keep the trail as is... We need to improve trail with a stone dust surface - It's beautiful to run the trails in the summers - it's cool while the weather is hot.

Signature # 99

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Nike Mizelle Queens, NY

Please leave our park trails unpaved. Making trails wider will only encourage to bring motorbikes and stolen cars. We love our park and use it a lot, please do not waste our taxes!!!

Signature # 98

January 23, 2012
12:23pm
Scott Angarola Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 97

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Harry Morales Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 96

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Edgar Costa Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 95

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
jill gola Bronx, NY

Save the trail!

Signature # 94

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Clio Sleator Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 93

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
David Stoelting Brooklyn, NY

Please do not pave the trail, and please allow the Holiday Marathons back in Van Cortlandt Park!
Thank you.

Signature # 92

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Ellen M Queens, NY

Please preserve the Putnam Trail.

Signature # 91

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Miguel Fernandez Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 90

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Elena Castaneda Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 89

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
David Isaac NY State Resident

Isn't there enough pavement in NYC? Please don't be so shortsighted by allowing the destruction of this unique urban environment. Paving it will ruin the park for our, and future generations.

Signature # 88

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Jacqueline Palmer Queens, NY

no message

Signature # 87

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
yuri Queens, NY

Let people who use the park and the trail decide what to do with it!

Signature # 86

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Chris Calimano Staten Island, NY

save the trail!

Signature # 85

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Rodnel Janvier Brooklyn, NY

This trail isn't hurting anyone, please let it be!

Signature # 84

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
David Halloran Queens, NY

I have run the Putnam Trail several times and enjoyed its close-to-nature, soft trail surface. I have observed cyclists using the trail as is; I cannot understand why it needs to be paved. At a time when Parks staff is decimated or worse, spending money on a project that is opposed by the community is lunacy and indefensible.

Signature # 83

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Howard Kestenbaum NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 82

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Denise Mast Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Fill in the potholes, not the parks.

Signature # 81

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Greg Fleece Bronx, NY

Please don't pave the path!

Signature # 80

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
David Gottesman Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Preserve this last bit of nature in NYC. Also, in a time of austerity, why spend the money on this of all things?

Signature # 79

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Chad Heuschober Manhattan, NY

Please consider using a stone dust surface for the betterment of all who use this beautiful trail. If the purpose is to make the trail accessible to a wider community (eg, cyclists), why not open it even further to include walking and running pedestrians? A stone dust surface can be used by all!

Signature # 78

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Dwayne McNicholas Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 77

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Jess Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 76

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Kenneth Weingold Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 75

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Cynthia G Manhattan, NY

Please do what you might to save Putnam Trail. As a resident of Washington Heights/Inwood, the Putnam Trail is an amazing nearby natural treasure. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Signature # 74

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Eric Bressler NY State Resident

The putnam trail must be left in its current state. Paving in such an area is unnecessary, wasteful, and environmentally unsound.

Signature # 73

January 22, 2012
11:17pm
Timothy Reed Brooklyn, NY

The Putnam Trail is a wonderful place to run and should be saved for future generations!!

Signature # 72

January 22, 2012
8:39pm
Jose Fernandez Bronx, NY

Save the Putnam Trial.

Signature # 71

January 22, 2012
8:39pm
Paul Swem Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 70

January 22, 2012
8:39pm
James Harkins Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 69

January 22, 2012
8:39pm
Fred Daly Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Asphalt means cyclists barreling through the park at high speeds. That's not the way to make the park appealing to the greatest number of people.

Signature # 68

January 22, 2012
8:39pm
Paul Manhattan, NY

The Putnam County trail is one of the most beautiful trails accessible by Subway. Please don't ruin it.

Signature # 67

January 22, 2012
8:39pm
Harold Kelvin NY State Resident

I have shown nearly 200 individuals this beautiful trail in VC Park, and they love its soft surface. Paving it will detract from its forest-like setting.

Signature # 66

January 22, 2012
8:39pm
Grant Manhattan, NY

I thought the NYC Parks Dept purpose was to preserve the natural beauty of our city parks. As Joni Mitchell once sang: "Don't always seen to go, That you don't know what you've got til it's gone. They paved Paradise, put up a parking lot."

Signature # 65

January 22, 2012
8:39pm
Ben Finkelberg Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

I came for 10K run to Van Cortland park last year and it was a lovely trail. It is unconscionable to say that the trail will be closed for environmental protection and then pave over it. Please do not do this!

Signature # 64

January 21, 2012
9:05am
Joey Leftow Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 63

January 21, 2012
9:05am
argenis apolinario Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 62

January 21, 2012
9:05am
Chris Ekstrom Brooklyn, NY

Please preserve the integrity of the Putnam Trail.It's a sanctuary in our urban landscape. Please pave no more than an 8 foot wide path with an ecologically friendlier stone dust surface.

Signature # 61

January 21, 2012
9:05am
Robert Udewitz Manhattan, NY

Please save the trail

Signature # 60

January 21, 2012
9:05am
Otto Lam Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 59

January 21, 2012
9:05am
Louisa Lam Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

no message

Signature # 58

January 21, 2012
9:05am
Steven Park Bronx, NY

If VC park is truly a nature preserve, why destroy it by paving the paths?

Signature # 57

January 21, 2012
9:05am
Rebeca ArayaBronx, NY

Please keep our Putnam Trail as is without paving, we need it for the wildlife as well the people who use it for recreation.

Signature # 56

January 21, 2012
9:05am
Alex Matskevich Brooklyn, NY

Please don't entomb Mother Earth! Please use asphalt to cover potholes, not our parks!

Signature # 55

January 21, 2012
9:05am
Leoni Parker NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 54

January 20, 2012
5:55pm
Jeff Powell Manhattan, NY

Please preserve what is left of the natural trail system of New York City. The last thing we need is more pavement.

Signature # 53

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
Firdaus Dotiwala Bronx, NY

PLEASE leave the trail as it is. there is enough pavement in this city. we don't need any more.

Signature # 52

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
Dominic Lombardo Manhattan, NY

Our NYC metro area needs less pavement, not more. After all, this is a CITY. Please keep the trail as natural as possible and use taxpayers' dollars on projects benefiting the largest number of people. Thank you

Signature # 51

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
Jazmin Bronx, NY

This is so unfair!!!!! There are such a few places like this for well recreation ..!!! Please !!

Signature # 50

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
Stephen Kairys Manhattan, NY

Please reconsider your plans to pave/widen the Putnam Trail. Doing so will harm the environment,
(in an environmentally sensitive area)
and take away one of the jewels of the NYC parks system. Why spend $1 million on such a destructive project?

If you are going to do anything, I suggest improving the trail with a stone dust surface.

Many thanks. Many agree with me and it would be a same if your plans to pave the trail went forward.

Signature # 49

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
Bernd Erpenbeck Manhattan, NY

I would like the trail as it is, unpaved. Paving it is not only bad for the environment it is also a waste of money.

Signature # 48

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
neal schreibman Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 47

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
Barbara Senecal-Davis Brooklyn, NY

Please do not pave the Putnam trail, it is one of the few unpaved running trails in the area and a rare find.

Signature # 46

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
sheryl simmons Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 45

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
miguel ortiz Bronx, NY

I am in support of keeping the putnam trail as is.

Signature # 44

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
Amanda Matos NY State Resident

no message

Signature # 43

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
talise s geer Bronx, NY

The Putnam Trail is a great to run and also enjoy nature. Save the Putnam Trail!

Signature # 42

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
David Monahan NY State Resident

Don't ruin a special environmental place by paving it and cutting down trees.

Signature # 41

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
Michael Balbos Brooklyn, NY

Please do not use asphalt paving on the Putnam Trail

Signature # 40

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
Amanda Weiner Manhattan, NY

Save the trail!

Signature # 39

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
sherry fraser NY State Resident

I am most concerned about the environmental impact of the decision to put a hard surface on the Putnam Trail. As a member of the Van Cortlandt Track Club who uses the trail regularly, the trail is environmentally best if kept natural and not covered with a hard surface.

Signature # 38

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
Linda Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Please use the stone dust - much better environmentally and cheaper too! Also better for runners and walkers from less pounding and much safer for multipurpose use because cyclist will go slower on this surface.

Signature # 37

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
Andrew o'flaherty Manhattan, NY

Save the trail... Or let The Holiday Marathons use it.

Signature # 36

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
Sarah BaglioBronx, NY

no message

Signature # 35

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
Charles Ludgate Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 34

January 20, 2012
5:54pm
Jorge Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

These beautiful pictures show the ancient landscape of America. We must keep this alive for next generations.

Signature # 33

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
mick burke Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

save the trail

Signature # 32

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
Rachel NY State Resident

I just love running the trails!

Signature # 31

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
Sara Bronx, NY

Please leave it as it is or just do a stone dust surface

Signature # 30

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
Christopher Stewart Bronx, NY

I run the Putnam for training and for enjoying God's creation. It is a vital part of our community's quality of life. Do not remove it!

Signature # 29

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
Ellen Nguyen Brooklyn, NY

no message

Signature # 28

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
Jeffrey Lin Queens, NY

The Putnam Trail serves far more people who go there expressly to walk the dirt and stone and gravel paths, not to walk along asphalt that they can do all over the city. This is a small pocket of nature that should not be done over for a small, insignificant population.

Signature # 27

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
Victoria Arnstein NY State Resident

The Putnam Trail is my favorite place to 'get-away' in New York City, why would anyone want to destroy trees and pave a road through this beautiful place??

Signature # 26

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
Jose Vargas Bronx, NY

Perfect as is. Thank you.

Signature # 25

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
Jonathan Stenger Manhattan, NY

An asphalt surface is not needed to achieve the stated aims. Please do not use asphalt paving on the Putnam Trail in Van Cortlandt Park!

Signature # 24

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
Christopher Jaworski Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Our metro area needs less pavement, not more. Please keep the trail as natural as possible and use taxpayers' dollars on projects benefiting the largest number of people. Thank you, and with respect.

Signature # 23

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
Ciara Bronx, NY

Please do not put a street through our natural and beautiful park. This should be about protecting nature, not about getting votes.

Signature # 22

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
Reiko Cyr Manhattan, NY

Please leave the Putnam trail unpaved. There are so few places in the city where I can run on unpaved trail (which is easier on the knees). And it is a beautiful part of the park that shouldn't be changed. The money that would have been used to pave the trail can be better used elsewhere. Thank you.

Signature # 21

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
Nicholas Marco Bronx, NY

This trail has been a landmark for years. It has been a big part of the community, and paving it would be unjust. As citizens, we do not want this park paved and we certainly do not want to use tax money to pay for something no one wants.

This is just a political ploy to gain votes, taxes, and revenue from adding refreshment stands. If people want pavement and concession stands, they can go to other parks that are solely dedicated to things of that nature.

Why does everything natural and good have to be taken away from the people who cherish it, and be replaced with something that will benefit no one? I am all for fairness for every person, but that is not the way the world works. It is dishonest and an inefficient way to live.

There are more than enough paved parks to accomodate everyone in the neighborhood, but making sure ALL of them are paved is a selfish act. How many people in wheelchairs are going to use this trail? A very small number to say the least. But the amount of runners this will impact negatively is a large number. This is not a good way to make decisions, especially because there are many other parks that can accomodate people in wheelchairs.

Making life difficult for a large group of people in favor of a handful of people is just flat out ridiculous and illogical.

Please leave the trail alone because that is what is best.

Signature # 20

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
Aliya Frazier Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 19

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
Tim Ryan Manhattan, NY

The lose of another urban trail brings NYC closer to un-inhabitable.

Signature # 18

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
Jacques Van Engel Bronx, NY

I regularly walk on the Putnam Trail, and I am 100% against the use of any asphalt as this would increase the speed of bikers zooming by and form a hazard for pedestrians. A stone-dust surface would allow bikers to continue using the trail as they are today, yet not at dangerous speeds. I also feel the cost to make an asphalt road is not justified, and besides feel it would be damaging the natural environment as well.

Signature # 17

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
karalyn leavens Bronx, NY

With so many paved trails throughout Van Cortlandt park falling into disrepair, it would be a shame to let the Parks Department pave another trail that it won't maintain.

Signature # 16

January 20, 2012
2:58pm
Atilio Ciucci Bronx, NY

The Putnam trail represents one of the few accessible nature running/biking trails in our area. Paving it would ruin the quiet natural atmosphere much like it did on the yonkers section.

Signature # 15

January 19, 2012
10:42pm
Brendan Bronx, NY

The people in the area really need the Putnam Trail to be left as is. Change is not always a good thing. Obama, if nothing else, surely taught us that.

Signature # 14

January 19, 2012
10:41pm
Michael Oliva NY State Resident

The Parks Dept should improve the Putnam Trail with a stone dust surface and keep it at its current 8ft width. This plan will still serve all users well and meet ADA guidelines. This plan is also much cheaper and will require lower maintenance costs in the future.

Signature # 13

January 19, 2012
10:41pm
Eric A. Seiff Bronx, NY

It is mindlessly destructive to pave over this unique and beautiful trail for a handfull of bikers who surely can find other pavement in New York City. There are few flat hard -packed trails for walkers and runners equal to the exisitng Putnam pathway. In this time of economic stress, the government of this city must be able to alllocate money for dramatically more worthy necessities.

Signature # 12

January 19, 2012
10:41pm
Meg Lewis NY State Resident

Please reconsider the proposed changes to the Putnam Trail.
Thank you

Signature # 11

January 19, 2012
10:41pm
Marie Finamore Brooklyn, NY

I think it would be overkill to turn the Putnam Trail into a wide paved road. Please scale the project back (in accordance with the Save the Putnam Trail parameters), saving taxpayers money and preserving the natural beauty of the trail. Thank you.

Signature # 10

January 19, 2012
10:41pm
Frank Wassner Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

At a time when the city of New York is cutting services left and right, it is going to spend over $1 million to pave the Putnam Trail through Van Cortlandt Park?
This is ludicrous! A stone dust surface will provide the improvement needed on the trail, and allow all interested users access to the trail.

As a matter of fact, last weekend while running on the Putnam Trail, a cyclist on a bike with thin tires passed me, and appeared to be handling the UNIMPROVED trail JUST FINE!

I am troubled by the statement made by the New York Parks Dept in regards to the Holiday Marathons use of the Putnam Trail. They said that the Holiday Marathons would NEVER use the trail because it is environmentally sensitive. But PAVING over the trail with ASPHALT is not going to damage this ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE trail?

There are a hundred reasons I can add for not paving the trail, but this message system will not hold that much text.

Please; let's use COMMON SENSE here. The Putnam Trail does not need, nor would 99.9% of its users be happier with an asphalt surface than a stone dust surface.

Thank you.

Signature # 9

January 19, 2012
10:41pm
SJ Corber Bronx, NY

Please go back to original plan for narrower stone-ash trail which fits in with the character of the park and minimizes damage to the environment.

Signature # 8

January 19, 2012
10:41pm
Marc Covitz Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Personally, I like the trail just as it is now. It is almost like you are going back in time when you are on the "Old Put." I was disappointed when the Parks Dept re-did the Cross Country Trail several years ago and basically landscaped it. There's enough landscaped trails in the park already. Leave "Old Put" alone.

Signature # 7

January 19, 2012
10:41pm
Angelo Fortune Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 6

January 19, 2012
10:41pm
Brendan Martin NY State Resident

I think there is such a value to true trails and nature within New York City because of how few there are remaining. Destroying any of what is left would be a crime. Please think twice before you reduce the already limited amount of natural trails in the best city in the world. Thank you!

Signature # 5

January 19, 2012
10:41pm
Jack Wenger Manhattan, NY

no message

Signature # 4

January 19, 2012
10:41pm
Jose' Cooper Out of State Resident/Tax Payer

Save the knees, ankles, hips, and shins. Don't waist $1,000,000 paving an environmentally beautiful trail.

Signature # 3

January 19, 2012
10:41pm
Lisa Madden Bronx, NY

There is enough asphalt in the borough already - please keep this trail with a stone dust surface. It is much more pleasant to run and walk on. Surely there are other projects more in need of this money.

Signature # 2

January 19, 2012
10:41pm
Duilio Palmieri Bronx, NY

no message

Signature # 1

January 13, 2012
5:59pm
Michael Arnstein Bronx, NY

The Putnam Trail is a treasure in New York City. A true wilderness haven for city dwellers. Destroying this incredible environment would be a tragedy. Save The Putnam Trail!