Connect Trails to Transportation Planning and Funding
Strategy to find new funding sources
Speakers: Spencer Finch, Director of Sustainable Development, Pennsylvania Environmental Council; Diane Kripas, Chief, Greenways and Conservation Partnerships Division, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Pennsylvania’s new Outdoor Recreation Plan: The Keystone for Healthy Living identified trails as the state’s top recreational need. Trail advocates are partnering with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resource in a strategy to find new funding sources to better market the network. The presentation will feature a case study of how the PA DCNR, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and other organizations "tee'd-up" segments for a Federal Stimulus funding opportunity that tapped $17 million in TIGER grant funds. On the marketing side, the new ExplorePaTrails.com website will be featured.
Trail design and construction.
In 2007 the National Center on Accessibility (NCA) entered into an agreement with the U.S. Access Board and National Park Service to investigate natural firm and stable surface alternatives when creating accessible pedestrian trails, including crushed stones, packed soil, and other natural material.
Managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Mineral Ridge, a day use picnic site, serves as a trailhead for the 3.3-mile Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail. This scenic trail, rising 700 feet in elevation, offers hikers a lofty overlook of Coeur d'Alene Lake.
Large-scale sculptures are featured along this urban trail and bikeway which also includes the Reedy Creek Bridge, the longest pedestrian bridge in North Carolina.
An analysis of studies and research on the economic benefits of trails: tourism, events, healthcare savings, and community development.