Building Urban Trails in Difficult Places

This session will review alignment strategies, structural systems, and techniques for solving these problems and building quality trails case study examples ranging from pre-fabricated products to custom designs. The presentation will benefit all levels of expertise from novice to experts as well providing tools to lay trail advocates in making the case to build a project in their community.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

10:30 AM to 12:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:30 AM to 01:00 AM (Mountain Time)
12:30 PM to 02:00 AM (Central Time)
01:30 PM to 03:00 AM (Eastern Time)

Cost (RECORDING):

FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost:

  • CEUs are FREE for this webinar.
  • Note:

    Closed Captioning is available for this webinar.
    Learning Credits are NOT available for this webinar.

     


    Webinar Outline


    photo credit: Stuart Macdonaldd
    CHERRY CREEK TRAIL THROUGH DOWNTOWN DENVER NEAR THE CONFLUENCE WITH THE PLATTE RIVER GREENWAY

    CHERRY CREEK TRAIL THROUGH DOWNTOWN DENVER NEAR THE CONFLUENCE WITH THE PLATTE RIVER GREENWAY

    All the easy trails have been built! While this remark is partly in jest, it is evident, as the trail and greenway movement has exploded across North America and worldwide, building multi-use urban greenways and trails has become more challenging. Projects require much more than simply building a path on grade.

    Planners, designers and advocates must increasingly address more complex infrastructure challenges in order to find routes and passageways, fit into tight spots and traverse barriers including roads, rivers and streams, restricted floodplains, railroad tracks, swales and other impediments. In addition, tight budgets require innovative solutions.

    This session will review alignment strategies, structural systems and techniques for solving these problems and building quality trails case study examples ranging from pre-fabricated products to custom designs. The presentation will benefit all levels of expertise from novice to experts as well providing tools to lay trail advocates in making the case to build a project in their community.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • Understanding techniques and tools for getting a trail or greenway from here to there
    • A knowledge base helpful in assessing the feasibility of trail alignment options
    • Examples useful in working more effectively with engineers and other technical designers in solving trail alignment and structural problems
    • Tools and examples for making the case for approval agencies such as floodplain administrators, traffic engineers, etc.
    • Tools and examples for making the case to political decision makers that the project is feasible
    • Successful solutions with visual examples and case studies can be enabling and stimulate other creative solutions

     


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    Presenters


    Chuck Flink, Owner, Greenways Inc.
    Durham, NC

    Chuck is an award winning author, planner and landscape architect who has completed work in 250 communities, in 37 states, and in 7 foreign countries. He is the recipient of four dozen national, regional and local awards. Some of his most notable projects include the Grand Forks Greenway Master Plan, North Dakota, Charleston County Greenbelt Program Master Plan, South Carolina, American Tobacco Trail Master Plan, North Carolina; the Miami River Greenway Master Plan, Florida; and the Grand Canyon Greenway, Arizona. Chuck is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects, and coauthor of Greenways. A Guide to Planning, Design and Development, and Trails for the Twenty First Century. His most recent book is entitled “The Greenway Imperative: Connecting Communities and Landscapes for A Sustainable Future” (University Press of Florida)

     

    Bill Neumann, Vice President, DHM Design

    Bill Neumann has a degree in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University. Bill has been with DHM for over 28 years, specializing in the planning and design of parks, trails, and greenways. Bill has worked on dozens of award winning greenway projects across the country including the recently completed Witherspoon Greenway in Anchorage, Kentucky; Sand Creek Regional Greenway in Commerce City, Colorado; and the Blue River Greenway in Silverthorne, Colorado.

    He understands the importance of creating spaces that benefit communities, while respecting natural systems, sensitive landscapes, habitats and cultural/historical sites. On every project, Bill considers the construction phase of a project equal in importance to the design process.

    Bill has managed and been part of large multi-disciplinary teams, including planners, engineers, surveyors and ecologists. Bill believes in producing high quality designs and illustrative graphics to help clients visualize the design intent.

     

    Robert (Bob) Searns, Owner, Robert Searns and Associates, Inc.
    Littleton, Colorado

    Robert Searns is a trail and greenway planner/designer/developer and has a four-decade award-winning history in trail planning and implementation. He has worked with communities to visualize concepts, win support and get projects built. He co-authored Greenways: A Guide to Planning Design and Development (Island Press)—Published in the U.S. and China and contributed to Greenways: The Beginning of an International Movement (Elsevier Press). He has written for Planning, Landscape Architecture, LA China, and American Trails Magazines.

    Bob has authored a number of trail management and sustainability articles and reports including recently serving as a principal author of a trails management and sustainability guidelines report for The Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area (U.S. Forest Service).

    He served as Chair for American Trails and helped found the World Trails Network. He has produced and moderated Webinars, policy guidelines and other products for American Trails.

    Bob holds a Master of Architecture from The State University of New York.

    Bob is currently writing a new book with Island Press on close-in trails and walking routes. The publication date will be available later in 2022.

     


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    Disclaimer

    While we may individually agree (or disagree) in whole or in part with any or all of the participants, the views expressed in these webinars are not necessarily representative of the views of American Trails as an organization or its board and staff.


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