Gatehouses and Greenways: Interactive Community Engagement for Trails

This webinar will provide attendees with ideas and solutions for getting projects implemented through creative coalitions and engagement activities.

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June 11, 2020

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

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


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FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

The California Trails and Greenways webinar series is offered in coordination with California State Parks and the California Trails Conference Foundation, with content selected from the California Trails and Greenways 2020 program.

The webinar series is offered FREE to the trails community THANKS TO the generous support of:

About this webinar:

Because of their broad appeal, tangible benefits, and capacity for direct and immediate impacts, trails provide unique opportunities to tap into community passion to contribute to and shape civic decisions. In developing the Mariposa Creek Parkway Master Plan, the planning team leveraged this potential, applying innovative stakeholder engagement techniques and building a diverse partnership of local organizations to ensure an inclusive, holistic, and implementable trail master plan.

This partnership approach, highlighted by nonprofit organizations and government agencies committed to economic development, public health, environmental conservation, and public art, both shaped the project’s goals, and enabled the planning process to reach a broad array of stakeholders. Using community outreach strategies that encouraged hands-on participation and place-based engagement, the project team collected substantive feedback from a diverse cross-section of the community, including stakeholders who have historically been marginalized by similar planning efforts.

This compelling process produced valuable insights into the community’s vision and preferences for the trail. Perhaps more importantly, it generated widespread ownership of and momentum for project implementation. The interactive, partnership-driven approach will ultimately result in a public space that addresses a range of community priorities and objectives, and has a deeper impact on the community and region.

CEUs are FREE for this webinar.

Learning Objectives

  • By establishing broad-based and interdisciplinary support from different stakeholders, the Mariposa Creek Parkway Master Plan was able to be driven by different ideas and identify shared values. Partnerships were built around three themes: Health & Wellness, Community & Creativity, and Environment & Education. Attendees will learn how expanding the definition of typical parks and open space stakeholders resulted in a project with more urgency and buy-in.
  • Through these far-reaching partnerships, we were able to implement unique community engagement efforts, which tapped into people’s capacity to understand the opportunities and challenges of the site. Attendees will learn about the non-traditional community outreach conducted during this process, and how it captured wide audiences and surmounted disinterest and malaise about previous planning efforts.
  • This process produced valuable results that are multi-layered, and extend well beyond the boundaries of the trail. This grassroots foundation has put the project on solid footing with community decision makers as it moves toward implementation. Attendees will learn how these strategies reveal the value of investing in trails to help conquer major objectives for any community: remaining relevant, building capacity, supporting the local economy, and being attractive to visitors in a way that feels authentic, while promoting a livable and healthy environment.


Webinar Partners


Mikey Goralnik, AICP, PLA, Community Design and Development Planner, Mariposa County Planning Department

Mikey Goralnik, AICP, PLA is the Community Design and Development Planner at the Mariposa (CA) County Planning Department. In this role, he manages interdisciplinary community planning and design initiatives, including parks, recreation, and creative placemaking programs, and projects that blend economic development, ecological design, and public health. He has a BA in American Studies from Tufts University, a MA in City and Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a MA in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University.


Andrew Dawson, PLA, ASLA, Associate, WRT, LLC

With a background in physical geography, Andy has an MCP and MLA from the University of Pennsylvania, and his work revolves around navigating the scale shifts between these complementary disciplines. Andy works with the landscape architecture group in both of WRT’s offices, guiding strategic approaches to projects and teams. He is currently managing the implementation of a 3-acre public park in Pittsburgh, a 4-acre institutional landscape outside Philadelphia, and a 4-mile trail master plan the Sierra Nevada, along with numerous projects in the Bay Area. His project interests span from urban to rural, coast to interior, always with an attention to local context and place.


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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

Learning credits are free for attendees for American Trails webinars and the International Trails Symposium, as well as for other conferences, webinars, and workshops we offer credits for. Learn more here.


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