Brownfields to Trails: Steps to Success

This presentation will discuss the major steps and considerations for planners and designers when designing in brownfields.

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January 28, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

The best trails are places for users to enjoy for many reasons, as well as create connections within communities. Likewise, trails can create spaces with a strong sense of community and extend over, through and around many types of resources, including areas with past uses (brownfields). When designing a trail within brownfields designers should do their due diligence and consider site conditions that may have an impact on the long-term success of a project.

This presentation will discuss the major steps and considerations for planners and designers when designing in brownfields. The discussion will cover how the site influences and informs the design of trails and will address the common issues that can affect your project. The presentation will cover how to get started, the various factors influencing design, and several case studies illustrating successfully implemented trails within brownfields.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to identify and plan trails with brownfields.
  • Understand the challenges that trails through brownfields can present
  • Identify potential solutions to limit liability and avoid change orders.
  • Learn about how a multifaceted approach to planning and design of trails with brownfields can be implemented in any community, for various types of trails and recreation projects.


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

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Webinar Partners


Daniel Biggs, Landscape Architect, Weston & Sampson

Daniel Biggs is a registered Landscape Architect, Certified Arborist, and Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner with over 16 years of multi-disciplinary experience in all phases of landscape architecture design and environmental planning projects. His background includes leading multi-disciplinary teams on master planning, parks and recreational facilities, multi-use trails, campus improvements, and multi-modal transportation projects. Prior to his current position, Dan led the landscape architecture practice of a specialty bicycle and pedestrian planning and design firm in the Metro Washington, D.C. area. Outside of the office, Dan serves on the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards National Landscape Architect Registration Examination writing committee and spends his weekends hiking, biking, and sailing with family.


Sarah DeStefano, Team Leader, Weston & Sampson

Sarah DeStefano is an accomplished project manager with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of environmental assessment, remediation, and Brownfields redevelopment, Sarah has spent her entire career in Brownfields. Her past roles at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) and US EPA provide her with a unique regulatory perspective to her projects. Sarah has an extensive knowledge base of the financial, procedural, and regulatory requirements for federally-funded Brownfields sites and has worked on several EPA Brownfields Success Stories. With a degree in chemical engineering, and a passion for Brownfields redevelopment, Sarah leads a team of multi-disciplined professionals at Weston & Sampson and has assisted more than a dozen communities, regional planning and economic development commissions, as well as non-profit organizations in securing more than $5 million in state and federal brownfields grants in the last few years alone.


George Naslas, PG, LSP, Vice President, Weston & Sampson

George Naslas has 35 years of professional experience and extensive knowledge of Brownfields sites and industrial properties. George has completed over 150 Phase I, II, and III assessments, including most of Weston & Sampson’s EPA Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grant projects; he has worked on EPA-funded Brownfields projects dating back to 2000. George also teaches seminars on Brownfields and presents Brownfields project details to the public in various communities and at national symposiums. He holds a Master of Science degree in Hydrology/Hydrogeology from the University of Nevada and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of London. George is also an active member of the Licensed Site Professional Association.


Rick Wood, Owner, AccelParks
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Rick holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from Georgia Institute of Technology. He worked as a Project Manager and State Director for The Trust for Public Land for 17 years. In these roles he was able to play an important role in greenway and park development in Chattanooga, Tennessee and helped conserve an additional 4000 acres for Cumberland Gap National Historic Park and Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park. Currently, Rick served as an advisor to the Thrive Regional Partnership.

During this time, Rick was able to see and experience how parks can transform communities while understanding the details and hurdles that get in the way, frustrate and cause delay. Currently Rick works as Business Development Manager for Playcore.


John Brown, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP, Senior Landscape Architect, Barge Design Solutions, Inc.

John Brown is a Senior Landscape Architect at Barge Design Solutions with over twenty-four years of experience in a wide variety of projects including residential, commercial, institutional, and government projects. John obtained a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia in 1996 and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He has designed several parks & multi-purpose greenways in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and Alabama, including the recently completed extension of the Tennessee Riverpark in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which traverses both active industrial and brownfield industrial sites. As Project Manager and Lead Designer of this multi-phase project, he was responsible for coordination of all aspects of the 3-mile extension to create an unbroken greenway along the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga.


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Learning Credits and CEUs

American Trails is proud to be a certified provider of the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities:

  • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES PDH) (most HSW approved)
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition
  • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

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