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 00:00 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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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


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, 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.



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 Searns, founding owner, Robert Searns & Associates

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.



Webinar Resources

American Trails Homepage

American Trails “Resources & Library” webpage

Razorback Regional Greenway – Northwest Arkansas

Alta Planning + Design

The Greenway Team

Greenways Incorporated

City of Fayetteville, Arkansas – Trails and Greenways

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