The Greens to Green Conservancy is situated in an attractive residential neighborhood bordered by Bryant Avenue to the north, Ridgeway to the south, Mamaroneck Avenue to the west and North Street to the east. It borders the Burke Rehabilitation Center and the YWCA of White Plains and is in close proximity to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, White Plains High School, Westchester Hills Country Club and many other prominent schools and institutions.


The 78-acre property, previously accessible only to Country Club members, would be open to the neighborhood and White Plains community for low-impact passive recreational use. The Conservancy would be publicly accessible open space from dawn to dusk.

A 3.7-mile network of eco-sensitive trails and paths would provide pedestrian circulation throughout the Conservancy. Existing asphalt golf cart paths would be reused as walking trails. New paths would be created to establish a continuous network of low disturbance, ecological pedestrian trails. New paths would either be mowed paths within a meadow setting, stabilized stone dust, wood chips, gravel paths, wetland boardwalks, or an ADA-compliant universally accessible path suitable for wheelchair access, as the location and potential use dictate. Small seating areas and points of outlook would be placed at locations within the Conservancy to take advantage of the natural landscape and places of outlook. Interpretative signage would provide additional opportunities for appreciation of ecological functions, geology, and local history.

The French-American School of New York will be fully responsible for the maintenance and security of the Conservancy, as well as the Campus, at no cost to the City of White Plains or its taxpayers.

Pedestrian Access
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Independent studies indicate an increase in the value of homes surrounding a natural open space Conservancy by as much as 16%, a value enhancement which is even greater than being adjacent to a golf course or other type of open space. Journal of Contemporary Economic Policy, Lutzenhiser and Netusil, July 2001

In rural, suburban or urban communities, more Americans are demanding that green places be protected as a way to maintain their quality of life. Preserving open space and linking it via trails and greenways helps American to connect with their communities.

Trails are the Number 1 amenity potential homeowners cite when asked what they would like to see in a new community, ahead of public parks and outdoor pools, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Trails were cited by 57 percent of prospective buyers in a 2004 survey by the Association. New York Times, Bradley Melekian, September 2006