Benefits of Trails

Trails have many benefits of health and economic basis. Here are studies and articles on the benefits of trails.

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posted Jul 16, 2019

Building a Healthier Future Summit

The Building a Healthier Future Summit is a must-attend event for all corporations, nonprofits and others focused on creating solutions to ensure every child grows up at a healthy weight. Our Summit provides a unique opportunity for those in the private sector to sit with their nonprofit, academic and government counterparts to address an issue critical to the future of this country’s health and well-being. Attendees walk away with tangible, actionable solutions that will indeed help us to make the healthy choice the easy choice for all Americans, regardless of where they live, work or play.


posted Jul 16, 2019

US Play Coalition's Conference on the Value of Play

The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, camp professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The three day event includes keynote and featured speakers, round tables on critical issues and trends, research symposium for academics, educational sessions for practitioners, action and research grant opportunities, PLAYtalks and PLAYinstitutes, networking, EPIC play breaks and more.


posted Jun 20, 2019

Counting Trail Users

by Matt Ainsley with Eco-Counter, Inc.

Until recently, user count data was collected manually through an annual volunteer effort. In 2017, however, a program in Pennsylvania took their count program to the next level by rolling out 17 automated Eco-Counters in all four corners of the state.

  tags: trail counter, capacity, multi-use, counting, overcrowding, trail overcrowding

posted Jun 11, 2019

PTSD: Trails and Nature - The Better Medication

by Mike Buckley

Natural and holistic PTSD treatment protocols.

  tags: health, trailsnext videos

posted Jun 11, 2019

Traversing the Great Ledge: Climbers in New Netherlands' Most Iconic Landscapes

by Casey Holzworth with NYS Parks & Recreation Historic Preservation, Jeff Moss with Thatcher Climbing Coalition

Still a work in progress, partnerships gives climbers access to a new trail system while preserving safety, cultural resources, and protected rare plants, animals, and habitat.

  tags: partnerships, recreation, environment, volunteers, trailsnext videos

posted Jun 11, 2019

Can I Sell You a Trail?

by Gregory Kern with Michael Baker International

Develop tools and techniques for truly hearing and properly responding to opposition when developing a trail.

  tags: partnerships, planning, trailsnext videos

posted Jun 11, 2019

Programming Trail Experiences for All: Our One Shot at Building a Trail Culture

by Amy Camp with Cycle Forward

This talk will share programming examples and make a case for how these connections can transform communities from a culture of indifference to a culture of “yes,” of hospitality, of inclusion, and stewardship.

  tags: economic, tourism, trailsnext videos

posted Jun 11, 2019

Akron Civic Commons: A Story of Robust Collaboration and Reconnected Communities

by Dan Rice with Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition

Akron is reconnecting people, not online, but in our trails, parks and community centers.

  tags: economic, health, trailsnext videos

posted May 15, 2019

The State of Latino Green Space

by Salud America!

Green space initiatives that take community concerns, needs, and desires into consideration may be most effective at improving Latino physical and mental well-being. Green spaces support public health in many ways—they filter air, remove pollution, attenuate noise, cool temperatures, replenish ground water, mitigate stormwater, and can provide food [53, 54]. Beyond these benefits, however, are the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of green space, as discussed below.

  tags: minority

posted May 1, 2019

Greater Des Moines Water Trails Economic Impact Study

Greater Des Moines Water Trails will annually pour tens of millions of dollars into the regional economy, a new analysis shows.

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