Strategic greening of the city will serve to remove a percentage of stormwater from Trenton’s sewer system and allow riparian buffers to function naturally to mitigate storm flows from upstream areas. In addition, greening the city, “will improve air quality, reduce urban heat island effects and providing open areas for city residents and visitors take advantage of physical exercise opportunities. The interconnection of these green spaces will restore the natural ecosystem functions sustaining clean air and water.” (APA – City Parks Forum Briefing Papers 05 “How cities use parks for Green Infrastructure”, 2001).
Greening the City can also function as a key component to improving resident health, removing barriers to redevelopment through brownfield remediation, increasing property values, and providing venues for social interaction. New and improved parks and greenways will serve to better connect multiple wards within the City, providing opportunities for increased understanding and, when properly monitored, ultimately leading to long-range crime reduction. Moreover, greening of the City will have a positive impact on property values in neighborhoods: they make streets more attractive and enjoyable to walk down, which has a positive impact on property values. As such, greening the City can be an effective way of supporting the City’s economic development and housing goals.
Strategic greening of the City will serve to remove a percentage of stormwater from Trenton’s combined sewer system. The City should follow Philadelphia’s example and implement a comprehensive green infrastructure program that captures stormwater before it enters the CSO. The Trenton 250 Stormwater Management Report should be a framework for development green infrastructure strategies and implementation while the goal of the Combined Sewer Overflow Management Program should be to eliminate the potential for discharges. Combined, these efforts will help the City To reduce discharges to the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) system.
Finally, two major projects –the Assunpink Creek Greenway Park and the Waterfront Reclamation and Redevelopment Project– have the opportunity to add major open space areas to meet the needs of current and future generations. The parks provide an opportunity to expand the amount of passive and active open space available to residents and expand the types of open space offered in response to Trenton’s changing demographics.