Public and Non-Profit Strategies for Long-Term Vision Implementation
The City of Louisville has undertaken an ambitious trail development program for their 100-mile Louisville Loop.
Presenters: Ron Taylor, Principal, Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group; Charles Neer, Landscape Architect, Wallace Roberts and Todd, LLC
The City of Louisville has undertaken an ambitious trail development program for their 100-mile Louisville Loop. Building upon the rich Olmsted-planned legacy imprinted upon the city in the late 1800s, the city is working to create the Loop to provide connectivity throughout the city, provide health and recreational opportunities, and to promote economic development. Given the size and complexity of the project includes several different partnerships and funding options, including public-private partnerships.
Jon McBride founded the National Smokejumper Association’s Trails Program. Under McBride’s leadership during the past 10 years, former and current smokejumpers rehabilitated well over a thousand miles of trails for the Forest Service and the National Park Service.
Trail construction and maintenance may involve impacts to wetlands and other natural resources: an understanding of these impacts and methods to minimize them.
Are trails safe? How do they affect property values of adjacent residents?
The task of developing GIS databases.
The Katy Trail is a 185-mile rails-to-trails conversion of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas-Railroad (nick-named the KATY). The Missouri Department of Natural Resources was able to acquire the right-of-way after Congress passed the National Trails System Act allowing railroad corridors to be banked for future transportation use and used on an interim basis for recreational trails.