Grand Canyon Greenway: From Vision to Reality

This webinar will feature three members of the original design team who will take attendees through the vision, design, and development process to develop the Grand Canyon Greenway.

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April 04, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:15 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:15 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:15 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

In 1997, ten of the nation's leaders in greenway development were invited to work with the National Park Service and the Grand Canyon National Park Foundation to develop a plan of action for implementing a greenway master plan for Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. This webinar will feature three members of the original design team who will take attendees through the vision, design, and development process. The Greenway identified in the officially adopted General Management Plan (GMP) for Grand Canyon National Park.

This project is part of an overall strategy to reduce automobile congestion within the national park and offer visitors a choice in how they visit and view this World Heritage Site. The now completed greenway links the Park's hubs at Grand Canyon Village and Grand Canyon Lodge, with points of interest along the North and South rims. Nonmotorized connections address unique challenges of access and use, and deployed state of the art accessibility strategies. The project was dedicated in an April 1999 ceremony lead by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. The project received a 2001 American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award, Planning, and Analysis and is a model for other national parks to emulate.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will learn how to address and resolve Universal Design and accessibility solutions within challenging landscapes.
  • Attendees will better understand how to design and build sustainable trails in challenging landscapes.
  • Attendees will learn how to leverage public and private resources to build greenway resources within a World Heritage landscape.


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

Webinar Resources

  • Peter Axelson Presentation (video)
  • Peter Axelson Q&A (video)
  • Bob Searns (video)
  • Andy Clarke (video)
  • The Third Mode: Towards a Green Society (Jeff Olson: Kindle and Paperback)
  • The Greenway Imperative: Connecting Communities and Landscapes for a Sustainable Future (Chuck Flink: Kindle and Hardcover)

    Webinar Partners


    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)


    Jeff Olson, Co-Founder, re:Charge-e
    Saratoga Springs, New York

    Jeff Olson is an architect, entrepreneur, and author. He ran the White House Millennium Trails initiative, started the NYSDOT Bike / Pedestrian program, served on the UAlbany faculty, and was a principal with Alta Planning + Design. Jeff was part of the team that launched Citi Bike and the bike share movement with systems in DC, Boston, Chicago and other major cities. He is the current co-founder of re:Charge-e, developing wireless charging stations for electric micro mobility, and is the Author of The Third Mode: Towards a Green Society. He also rides his bikes a lot and is a PSIA ski instructor.


    Peter Axelson, Owner, Beneficial Designs, Inc.
    Minden, Nevada

    Peter is owner of Beneficial Designs, which designs beyond the norm to meet the needs of all people and working towards universal access through research, design, and education. Peter is a national and international leader in Universal Design. He is author and co-author of numerous accessibility standards and guidelines that have influenced the planning, design and development of landscapes across the globe.


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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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