The award recognizes a project that demonstrates outstanding planning, design, and implementation, that enhances the trails movement in the specified location. Submissions describing the trail, greenway (or trail or greenway system), or blueway including successful aspects such as planning, design, challenges solved, public participation, sustainability, economic benefits, promotion, and benefits to the local community are encouraged. Level One: Projects funded with less than $500,000.
Designer: Brushy Creek Regional National Recreation Trail
When Williamson County, Texas, received a 100-acre parkland donation along the Brushy Creek Corridor in 1999, they had no idea the challenges that building a trail in the area would create. So they commissioned Hall Bargainer to evaluate and design the Brushy Creek Regional Trail, which is now a designated National Recreation Trail.
Since the trail crosses several jurisdictional boundaries and travels along an active flow creek, the design of the trail represented many challenges.
These challenges included coordinating communication and approval from multiple government agencies, building a crushed granite trail in an active flow area of a regional drainage corridor, and designing a way that the many cultural and historical features of the trail could be visually accessed but not physically accessed.
The design team at Hall Bargainer, Inc. confronted these challenges with creativity and innovation that has resulted in a trail experience that protects natural and historic features while allowing users of all abilities to share the environmental and educational attributes of the trail.
2015: Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway
2010: Tennessee Riverpark
2008: Judge "Buddy" Villines