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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July 14, 2014

10:30 am (Pacific Standard Time)

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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 

Presenters

Chuck Flink, President, Greenways Incorporated

Chuck Flink, FASLA, is President of Greenways Incorporated of Durham, North Carolina. Chuck is widely regarded as one of America's leading greenway planners, having completed comprehensive greenway, trail, and open space plans for more than 235 communities within 36 States. He has also been a consultant to clients in Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Japan, and St. Croix, USVI. Chuck is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, and is the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Design at North Carolina State University.

Chuck coauthored Greenways: A Guide to Planning, Design and Development, in partnership with Bob Searns. This book received a 1994 Merit Award in Communications from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and is cited by the American Planning Association as “the best single reference” on greenway development. Chuck also coauthored Trails for the Twenty First Century, also with Bob Searns. Both books have been translated into Chinese and are used as textbooks at Peking University in Beijing and Shenzhen.

Chuck graduated Cum Laude in 1982 from North Carolina State University's College of Design. He served three terms as Chair of the Board of American Trails, and five terms as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the East Coast Greenway Alliance. 

Contact: chuck.link@greenways.com

 

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 Searns, founding owner, The Greenway Team

Bob Searns is the founding owner of The Greenway Team, a planning and development firm based in Denver, CO that has specialized for three decades in greenways, trails, and conservation. He was Project Director of Denver's Platte River Greenway, one of the nation's benchmark urban trail projects, and produced 10,000 Trees, an eight-mile river corridor restoration project involving 3,000 volunteers. He has authored a greenways and trails plan for the 43-square-mile area west of Denver International Airport, as well as trail and greenway projects across the nation including Chicago, Dallas, Memphis, Louisville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, and Portland.

Bob was a development consultant for the Grand Canyon Greenway, a precedent-setting 72-mile system of multi-use trails along the canyon rim. Bob has conducted workshops throughout North America, China and Europe. He co-authored Greenways: A Guide to Planning, Design, and Development (published in the U.S. and. China), Trails for the 21st Century, and contributed to Greenways, The Beginning of an International Movement. He has served as Chair of the American Trails Board of Directors and written numerous articles and editorials for theAmerican Trails Magazine. 

Contact: robertsearns@gmail.com

 

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