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Photos by Charlie Willard
From right: American Trails board members Roger Bell and Bob Searns, Terry Hanson
with his award, and Charlie Willard
Due to innovator and visionary Terry Hanson, Redding's world-renowned trail system includes over 80 miles of trails that provide physical activity choices throughout the community, and benefits people of all ages and abilities. Terry has been one of the primary leaders in the trails effort in the Redding area for over 30 years, and this dedication has helped make Redding a statewide (and nationwide) tourist destination.
Terry is past Community Services Project Manager for the City of Redding, American Trails Board Member (Treasurer), current independent contractor for trails, lifelong community, state, and national volunteer, and expert partnership builder.
He has also led the efforts for Redding's trail system that now includes miles of paved and natural surface trails, including paved paths, walking loops within existing parks, and challenging dirt trails for mountain bike enthusiasts and equestrians.
At the center of this network are the Sacramento River Trail, a National Recreation Trail, and the world-renowned Sundial Bridge, accessed by residents and visitors from a growing number of connector trails and entry points found in residential areas, parks, and open space corridors.
Terry has devoted countless hours towards the City’s trail projects, selflessly insisting that credit go towards the City and its partners. Terry and the City’s CVB hosted the 2000 American Trails National Symposium, bringing a surge of support for trails to the community. This support has been instrumental in sharing the lessons learned from Redding throughout the state and country.
From the opening of the first segment of the Sacramento River Trail in 1983 to the approval of the City’s 2004 Trails and Open Space Master Plan and 2010 Bikeway Action Plan, Terry has been one of the leaders in all of these efforts. Over the years, he has helped guide and instruct the California Conservation Corps youth as they help to enhance Redding’s trails. Trails are seen as an important part of Redding’s community identity, and the City has Terry to thank.
Marc Beauchamp, reporter for the Record Searchlight couldn't have said it better, "Hanson… has spent much of his career with the City of Redding building our world-renowned network of trails. I think of him almost every time I walk or bike on the Sacramento River Trail…. There are folks who quietly excel at their jobs, who make a difference in our lives, and leave a tangible legacy. Such a one is Hanson. Thanks, Terry."
Kimberly Niemer, Redding Director of Community Services,
with Terry Hanson
Terry’s work has been a shining light for other state agencies and organizations to emulate the creative and practical trail plans that have helped make Redding a world-class trail destination. Terry’s work developing the City of Redding’s trails system benefits people within the city, county, in surrounding areas, as well as all of the community’s thousands of tourists that visit the area each year.
Pam Gluck, Executive Director of American Trails, added this about Terry's other job and volunteer activities: "Terry currently is owner of Terry Hanson Consulting, offering over 35 years of practical experience in the planning design and implementation of river parkway projects including trails, open space, boating access, environmental restoration and community parks. Terry was Co-chair of the 2000 National Trails Symposium and serves on the American Trails Executive Board as Treasurer. "
For more information on the Redding area trails system:
Why Host the National Trails Symposium? by Terry Hanson
Redding, California builds a trail system by Terry Hanson
Thoughts on the dedication of the Sundial Trail Bridge by Hulet Hornbeck