This award recognizes quality, well-designed multi-use trails systems that are integrated into private developments to encourage active lifestyles, reduce reliance on automobiles, connect the development to other public and private pathways and destinations, and preserve and promote natural areas.
The first ever American Trails Developer Awards were given to three American communities at the 2008 National Trails Symposium.
Lakewood Ranch by Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc.
Located in Southwest Florida, Lakewood Ranch includes a master planned trails system with over 100 miles of paved and nature trails. The trails system within this 8,500 acre development will ultimately connect into the public trails system via a regional trail corridor. Trails are cited as a top amenity in the community. This award will be added to Lakewood Ranch’s distinction as the largest green community in Florida.
Summerlin by Howard Hughes Corporation, General Growth Properties:
Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, Summerlin is a 22,500 acre planned community accommodating 95,000 residents.The development includes over 150 miles of trails within its comprehensive trails network.
Summerlin’s extensive system of trails connects into the public trails network and includes a significant regional trail corridor running through the community. Eighty nine percent of residents cite Summerlin’s walking trails as the most important
Woodlands Edge by Rocket Properties, LLC
Located in Little Rock, Arkansas, Woodlands Edge is an 800 acre community that will include up to 10 miles of trails. Green space encompasses over one third of the total community acreage.
Once the development is complete, residents will have walking and biking access to restaurants, business offices, retail areas, and four adjacent developments. The community’s conservation design has earned it recognition from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Arbor Day Foundation and the Arkansas Urban Forestry Council.
In May 2009 Woodlands Edge received a National Association of Home Builders National Green Building Award for "Development of the Year."
Other community amenities include a fishing pond and creeks; a swimming pool, tennis courts, community clubhouse, playground, picnic areas and wildlife viewing areas, all built using green technologies. More than 375 families currently live in Woodlands Edge in new homes ranging from $275,000 to over $600,000.
2010: The Woodlands