Trail Planning & Design Award, Level One

This award recognizes a trail project that demonstrates innovative planning and design techniques while making a positive contribution to the community it serves. (Level One category – less than $500,000).

 

Western Piedmont Trail

This project demonstrates the impressive range of expertise of Montgomery County Parks’ staff in not only providing exceptional service to park patrons, but also in restoring and re-connecting a highly functional segment of stream within one of the most pristine and biologically unique watersheds in the County.

The Western Piedmont Trail is one of the most popular and well used corridors in Little Bennett Regional Park. In May 2015, a safety incident at a culvert crossing required emergency closure of the trail. Staff quickly generated a stream restoration design to remove the crossing and re-establish fish passage in an extremely sensitive and ecologically important area. Within three months permits were approved and a contractor was ready to begin demolition of the existing culvert and construction of the stream stabilization work. This is an extremely quick turn-around for a project of this scope and nature. Prior to construction, fish were moved safely downstream. The 450-linear feet of stream work and trail bridge abutments were completed in less than two months, and prior to fish spawning activities. A 70-foot fiberglass bridge was constructed over Little Bennett Creek. The trail was re-opened to the public in December, 2015. This project demonstrates the impressive range of expertise of Montgomery County Parks’ staff in not only providing exceptional service to park patrons, but also in restoring and re-connecting a highly functional segment of stream within one of the most pristine and biologically unique watersheds in the County.


More winners of this award

2017: City of San Jose and Callander Associates