The Greenway Imperative: A Call to Action

The impact of COVID-19 has heightened the role that greenways and conserved greenspace play in providing critically important outdoor space for human activity, while at the same time promoting public health, safety, and well-being.

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June 25, 2020

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)


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Webinar Outline

The Coronavirus pandemic has sharpened the focus on the delicate balance between humans and nature. The impact of the virus has heightened the role that greenways and conserved greenspace play in providing critically important outdoor space for human activity, while at the same time promoting public health, safety and well-being. This webinar, The Greenway Imperative: A Call to Action, will address these subjects in greater detail using case studies from Grand Forks, North Dakota, Charleston, South Carolina and other landscapes to illustrate lessons learned and actions that have been undertaken to make communities responsive, resilient and sustainable. This webinar will discuss the methods used to engage public discourse, determine the types of greenspace that need to be conserved, and present successful strategies that resulted in stewardship and conservation action. The speakers will reflect on the strategies that have worked and not worked, and how the lessons learned can be shared and replicated across the American landscape.

Purchase Chuck’s new book, The Greenway Imperative: Connecting Communities and Landscapes for a Sustainable Future, in the American Trails Online store.

Learning Objectives

  1. What were the challenges that Grand Forks, Charleston and other communities had to overcome to successfully implement complex greenway and greenspace projects. How was the public engaged, how were the projects funded, and how are these resources managed today?
  2. What are the greenway and greenspace best practices and takeaways that other communities should undertake to become more resilient and sustainable -- promoting public health, safety and well-being.
  3. Post Coronavirus, what does the future hold for an nationwide interconnected network of protected and conserved greenspaces and what can you do to become part of this growing movement?


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


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)


Kim Greendahl, Greenway Specialist, City of Grand Forks, ND

Kim has been the Grand Forks Greenway Specialist since 2002, where she provides oversight of the daily operations and management of the 2,200 acre greenway in all areas managed by the City of Grand Forks. She is a lifelong resident of Grand Forks and brings a historical perspective to the Greenway and flood protection project, and its impact on the community. Kim takes a holistic approach to greenway management, as it is easy to forget that the Greenway is almost three times the size of the 843-ace New York City Central Park. Her responsibilities include overseeing development of the Greenway, in partnership with city, state, federal agencies and citizen groups. She also helps to market and promote the Greenway. Kim lives in Grand Forks with her husband, Erland.

Learn more about The Greenway, approximately 2,200 acres of natural open space in the heart of Grand Forks, ND and East Grand Forks, MN:


Cathy Ruff, Director, Charleston County Greenbelt Program

Cathy has been with Charleston County Government for 24 years and has worked with the Greenbelt Programs since its inception in 2005. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Charleston Southern University and a Masters of Arts in Religious Education with an emphasis in Administration from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. As the director of the Charleston County Greenbelt Program, Cathy oversees the use of $440 million in sales tax revenues for the protection of land within Charleston County. To date, approximately 40,000 acres have been conserved for greenspace and parks through the County’s Greenbelt Program.


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