Learn how to use this trail maintenance template to derive accurate costs.
by Tom Sexton, Director, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), Ron Steffey, Owner, Steffey Trail Connections, Henry Stroud, Principal Planner / Trail Program Manager, Montgomery County Planning Commission
Perceived shared-use trail maintenance costs can derail a project from the start. Also, trail managers struggle to come up with funding sources. However, it's surprising given this need and the number of open trails, that the true costs are not well understood or documented in order to address these two needs.
This session will introduce, and be structured around, a proposed maintenance template that could be utilized by any multi-purpose trail manager, be they paid or volunteer to derive accurate cost. Utilizing one method of quantifying the costs will assist managers of a single, or a regional or statewide system to make their case and compare accurately with similar trail types to enhance best practices.
This template grew out of a 2015 study by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy that secured feedback from over 200 trail managers.
The session describes New York’s emergence as a trail state, highlights advocacy and planning that paved the way, and offers takeaways for trail systems elsewhere.