Plan, Design, Fund, Get Right of Way, and Build a Greenway in 1,500 Days

This webinar tells the story of how the Razorback Greenway was conceived, designed, funded, and implemented— a case study with multiple innovative and enabling solutions.

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November 05, 2015

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)


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    Webinar Outline

    Northwest Arkansas is an emerging metropolitan area in the American Heartland with over a half-million inhabitants. It is the location of a major university; a national agricultural and food-processing center; the global headquarters of Walmart and home of the Walton Family Foundation. Six cities make up the 40-mile long corridor extending from Fayetteville on the south the Bentonville and Lake Bella Vista on the north.

    In 2010, The Walton Family Foundation assembled a group of some of the nation’s most seasoned trail, greenway, and bicycle experts to look at green infrastructure in Northwest Arkansas and recommend how to optimize the livability of this region. The Walton’s posed the question of how to make this region a major attractor of the “best and brightest” to come here and stay. A leading recommendation was to create a major regional greenway running over 40 miles from one end of the urban corridor to the other. In 2011 work began implementing the Razorback Greenway. (Serendipitously, Fayetteville, led by Matt Mihalevich was well along in creating a portion of the greenway in that city.)

    Key Learning Points

    1. How to envision and build backing for a regional greenway

    2. Effective funding through a public/private partnership (securing philanthropic and public match monies)

    3. Strategic and catalytic project phasing

    4. Building an effective organizational structure to manage multiple jurisdictions and partners to build the greenway quickly

    5. Managing effective public process to address stakeholder concerns and build support and awareness

    6. Effectively addressing complex design and planning challenges including application of NACTO tools such as on-street buffered “cycle-tracks”

    7. Securing multiple rights-of-way along a 40-mile corridor including rail-with-trail

    8. Addressing design challenges and aesthetics to create a world-class greenway with Innovative solutions and attractive components

    9. Innovative engagement of city crews to build a greenway

    10. Effectively leveraging the greenway to transform languishing urban places and garnering significant economic benefits


    Webinar Partners


    Jeff Olson, architect and planner, Alta Planning + Design

    Author of The Third Mode, and an architect and planner with Alta Planning + Design, has been involved in greenways, open space, active living and alternative transportation projects for more than 20 years. He has had a diverse career with experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

    His unique vision and leadership ability are important assets to projects ranging from regional planning to site specific projects and programs. He is an avid bicyclist and skier who has the perspective of a parent with three young children.

    Jeff launched his recent book called The Third Mode: Towards a Green Societyat a webinar hosted by American trails. See news release about "The Third Mode"...


    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)


    Matt Mihalevich, Trails Coordinator, City of Fayetteville, Arkansas

    Matt Mihalevich is a professional landscape architect and has been the Trails Coordinator for the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas over the past eleven years. Matt is responsible for all aspects of the development of the trail system including; planning, funding, design, property acquisition, construction management, maintenance and public encouragement.

    Most recently, Matt has been involved in the development of the 37 mile long Razorback Regional Greenway which now connects Northwest Arkansas from south Fayetteville to north Bentonville. Fayetteville boasts an expansive and much adored trail system with over 40 miles of shared-use paved trails.

    In addition to work in Fayetteville, Matt also serves as the Chairman of the Northwest Arkansas Active Transportation Committee and assists with the ongoing development of trails and bikeways throughout the region.


    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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