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19th National Trails Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 15-18, 2008

Lifetime Service | Best Trails State | Community Service | Developer Award | Hulet Hornbeck Award | Trails for Health | Partnership | Trails Public Service | Outstanding Media | Trails and the Arts | Planning/Design | Corporate | State-of-the-Art Technology | Trail Sharing | Trail Advocate Awards | Trail Worker Awards | Awards Index

2008 CORPORATE AWARD WINNER

A business or corporation must have demonstrated significant, sustained, and exemplary service to trails planning, implementation, and/or recreation:

John and Annette Schnatter, Evergreen Real Estate LLC

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A new bridge along the Anchorage Trail system

John Schnatter has always had the ability to take an idea and turn it into a global reality. As a teenager, he started making pizzas in a small town in Southern Indiana. Focusing on the theme of a great product made with quality ingredients, he built a worldwide pizza company (Papa John’s Pizza) with over 3000 stores.

Schnatter, an avid bicyclist and outdoor recreationalist, has applied the same vision to trails— building on his bicycling passion and sense of stewardship of the outdoors. Schnatter, his wife, Annette, along with Evergreen Real Estate, LLC.— one of his companies— have together contributed close to $4 million toward the creation of trails and greenway improvements in the Greater Louisville, KY area.

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Trails are a key element of the new community in Anchorage, KY

This includes a $3 million contribution to the Louisville regional trails effort. The Schnatters and Evergreen Real Estate then went beyond making one of the nation’s largest private financial contributions to trails to create a first-class trail and greenway on property the company owns in the Louisville area. They conceived of— and built— the Anchorage Trail along nearly a mile of a spectacular stream valley adjoining the community of Anchorage, KY.

This greenway, which opened in June 2008, includes a paved mile-long multi-use trail, a soft surface nature path accessing a wooded area on the site, an outdoor interpretive amphitheater, equestrian trails, wetland conservation areas, a spectacular pedestrian span, a preserved wildflower meadow and other amenities.

The new trail also links to the historic village center of Anchorage and provides direct access to the nearby public school. Parents, teachers and students from the school participated in the planning of the project and the school plans to be intensely involved in the conservation/interpretive areas.

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John Schnatter

 

Another project will be planning a student garden that will produce vegetables and other crops a portion of which can be provided to the Louisville Zoo to supplement animals’ diets. In the future there is potential to link this mile-long greenway to nearby E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park and the proposed 100-mile Louisville Regional Greenway loop system.

In addition to the wooded areas and meadows, the Witherspoon Greenway site includes a lake and accessible fishing dock. The site has been described as a “timeless landscape” as once on the site, though in an urban area, the views reveal little sense of the surrounding developed area.

John Schnatter and his Evergreen Real Estate team have created a priceless legacy for Louisville and an inspiring model for other landowners and companies nationwide. He chose to preserve priceless land, create a first-class, state-of-the-art trail and offer these amenities for the benefit of the public.

 

Lifetime Service | Best Trails State | Community Service | Developer Award | Hulet Hornbeck Award | Trails for Health | Partnership | Trails Public Service | Outstanding Media | Trails and the Arts | Planning/Design | Corporate | State-of-the-Art Technology | Trail Sharing | Trail Advocate Awards | Trail Worker Awards | Awards Index

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Art and Health on the Medical Mile

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The "Big Dam Bridge" project

Little Rock's Arkansas River Trail

Arkansas conquers a trails funding crisis

Little Rock Parks & Recreation

The Mississippi River Trail

Arkansas Trails page

Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

Ouachita National Forest

Symposium will celebrate 40th anniversary of National Trails System Act

 

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