Lessons Learned from Creative Problem-Solving

A TRAILSNext™ presentation

In this presentation find out what worked and what didn't with San Jose, California's urban trail network.

by Yves Zsutty, Trail Manager, City of San Jose - Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services


Every trail project is different and provides opportunities for success and failures. San Jose has developed a 60-mile Trail Network with 40 more miles planned for development. This presentation showcases 25 completed San Jose Trail projects with focused and honest discussion about what worked, what didn't work, and the lessons learned.

The projects selected offer a broad range of findings gained from all phases of development, from initial scoping through studies, planning, design and construction. Tips will be offered on how to manage and message challenges in a straightforward and engaging manner to sustain community support.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand that setting goals is worthwhile when tactically and intentionally aligned to projects.
  • Manage in a creative manner to address project challenges for positive outcomes.
  • Structure flow for large scale projects in a clear and phases manner to sustain multi-year stakeholder support.

About the Author

The City of San Jose has one of the nation’s largest urban trail networks within its geographic boundaries. The network is comprised of 35 interconnected trail systems with over 53 miles open to the public. Through its Green Vision and General Plan, the city is seeking to develop a 100-mile interconnected trail network by 2022. Yves Zsutty has managed San Jose’s Trail Program for the past 10 years and has spoken on the subject of Trail Counts and trail development at State and National conferences.

Follow San Jose Trails on Twitter at SanJoseTrails or learn more at www.sjparks.org/trails

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