Regional Trails – Connecting Rural and Urban Communities

Planning and implementation of three complex regional trail systems in three western states.


Presenters: Yves Zsutty, Trail Network Manager, City of San Jose, CA; Tom Newland, Principal, Newland Project Resources, Inc.; Guy Michaelsen, Principal Landscape Architect, Berger Partnership; Carolyn Hope, Park Planner, Arts and Culture Manager, City of Redmond, WA; Tim Swope, Capital Projects Coordinator, Boulder County Transportation Department, CO

Speakers will provide insights to the challenges, strategies, and lessons learned in the planning and development of regional trails through rail and urban spaces. Each project has its own complexities, obstacles, and opportunities. Good planning supports the high use, positive impression, and placemaking nature of these trails within their communities.

View San Jose Trails Presentation Online

View Redmond Central Connector Presentation Online

View Rio Grande Multimodal Presentation Online

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