Integrating Trails into Park Planning

Sponsored by SC Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and hosted in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association. Attendees can expect to come away from this webinar with a toolbox of best practices and resources that get into the nitty gritty of how to understand trails as park elements, plan for their sustainable integration into existing and future parks, and build trails and trail networks as powerful tools for connecting your parks to the public.

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Event Details

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May 13, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


Closed Captioning is available for this webinar.
Learning Credits
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Webinar Sponsor

Thanks to the generous sponsorship from South Carolina Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (using Recreational Trails Program funding), this webinar (and learning credits) is free to the public.


Webinar Outline

Trails are one of the most critical elements of any park system, yet many park planners may not understand the key components to consider in integrating them into your park planning efforts. This webinar brings together park planning experts from across the nation to explore the critical elements that should be considered when integrating high-quality, sustainable trails into parks. Join these experts in identifying how trails impact conservation, safety, and ongoing maintenance of parks. Examine how trail networks and trails as linear parks can be implemented regionally to build park cohesion and capacity. And, explore how trails can offer amazing opportunities to meet community needs and build equitable park access in a variety of community sizes and demographics.

Attendees can expect to come away from this webinar with a toolbox of best practices and resources that get into the nitty gritty of how to understand trails as park elements, plan for their sustainable integration into existing and future parks, and build trails and trail networks as powerful tools for connecting your parks to the public.

This webinar will be in a forum setting where presenters will discuss each topic and allow time for couple attendee questions following each topic. Presenters will also answer attendee questions at the end of the presentation.

Topics for discussion:

  • Nature/Habitat/Conservation
  • Trails as Linear Parks
  • Safe Routes to Parks
  • Regional Trail Network Planning
  • Ongoing Trail Management After Completion
  • Community Needs Assessment & Equity

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how trail corridors and conservation can work together to enhance both the natural environment and the trails themselves and what impact trails have on the natural environment.
  • Learn how comprehensive trail planning can ensure a cohesive completed network by understanding routes, partnerships and funding.
  • Learn why and how long range planning should incorporate trail management to ensure high quality trails well into the future for users.
  • Discover various methods for utilizing data to demonstrate the need to for trails and how inclusive outreach efforts can ensure equitable park and trail access.


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

Webinar Resources


Webinar Partners


Sarah Olson, MPA, Deputy Director, Lynnwood Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department

Sarah Olson, MPA serves as Deputy Director of Lynnwood Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts in Washington State. She oversees long-range planning, capital development, and healthy communities programming for a growing suburban community. Under her leadership, Lynnwood was selected as a 10-minute walk grant recipient with the goal to improve park access by improving Lynnwood’s walking network and park quality. Sarah is committed to inclusive community engagement for better park planning to realize equitable park access. Sarah enjoys walking, urban hiking and family bike rides.

Sarah received her Master’s in Public Administration from Seattle University and her BS in Biology from Western Washington University.


Carlos F. Perez, PLA, Principal, Perez Planning + Design, LLC

Carlos F. Perez, PLA is the president of Perez Planning + Design, LLC (PP+D), a research-based planning and design firm in Atlanta, Georgia that specializes in Parks and Recreation System Planning + Design and Active-Transportation Planning + Design. Carlos has consulted with over 65 municipalities throughout the United States including Washington D.C.; Seattle, Washington; Raleigh, North Carolina; Miami-Dade County, Florida; Norfolk, Virginia; and Atlanta, Georgia. He also speaks regularly at conferences sharing his experience parks and trials planning and design. Carlos received a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida, a Master’s in City and Regional Planning, and a Master’s of Science in Architecture with a Concentration in Urban Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Eric Sauer, RLA, Planning Manager, Five Rivers MetroParks

Eric is a degreed and registered landscape architect who has practiced in a wide variety of project types including residential, commercial and public settings. He is currently the Planning Manager for Five Rivers MetroParks and is responsible for the planning of over 16,000 acres managed in the Dayton, Ohio area. He is also involved in the Regional Bikeways Committee to coordinate efforts to continue to grow the nation’s largest off road connected bikeway system that includes over 330 miles. Eric is an avid orchid grower and photographer.


Rachel Banner, Director of Park Access, National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
Seattle, WA

Rachel Banner is the Director of Park Access at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), where she oversees the organization strategy to ensure fair and just access to high quality parks and green space, recreation facilities, youth sports and programs that create healthy, resilient and economically vibrant communities. Through her work at NRPA and prior positions, Rachel has extensive experience in developing strategies and partnerships to advance health and equity through systems-level change. Rachel received her Master’s in Public Health from Tufts University and her BS in Exercise Science from Elon University, both focused on health equity, chronic disease prevention and the built environment.


Closed Captioning

We are offering closed captioning for our webinars, thanks to a partnership with VZP Digital. If you are in need of this service, please email us prior to the webinar. An unedited transcript will be sent to all attendees following the webinar.

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.


While we may individually agree (or disagree) in whole or in part with any or all of the participants, the views expressed in these webinars are not necessarily representative of the views of American Trails as an organization or its board and staff. Unless specific situations are noted by presenters, nothing in American Trails webinars should be considered to be interpreted as a standard.

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