Assessing the Economic and Livability Value of Multi-Use Trails

A Case Study into the Tammany Trace Rail Trail in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana

Multi-use trails are becoming an economic catalyst and vital contributor to the quality of life for communities all across the nation. This document looks at key factors as to why this is, and takes these factors as a basis into a case study on the Tammany Trace (the ‘Trace’), a 31- mile rail-to-trail conversion in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana.

by Hagen Thames Hammons

Multi-use trails are mostly seen for their recreational benefit, but these lessons learned begin to formulate features of how to improve trails to make them more economically viable and embraced by visitors and the communities they serve. These features focus on improving the economic, connectivity, livability and community identity aspects of trails to further improve an already valuable community resource. When communities embrace and expand on these potential improvements, then the far-reaching benefits of their trail facility will most certainly be expanded.

Attached document published May 2015

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