Designing Trails in Challenging Location
Thursday, November 13, 2014
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. EST
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This program addresses the advanced design, planning and construction processes being applied to make possible trail links in multi-use long distance trails that were thought too expensive, impractical or impossible to build. The presentation, given by a trail architect, a GIS and mapping expert, a planning and right-of-way expert, and a program manager for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, will appeal to a the large number of disciplines who are involved in developing complex trail projects. Much of the presentation and Power Point will focus on the development of the Liberty-Water Gap Trail through the Delaware Water Gap, explaining techniques for negotiating and working with numerous agencies, including the National Park Service, two County Planning staffs, the Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation, and two railroads. The method of weaving economic development into the Trail’s design and implantation process will be explained in regard to work accomplished with the towns of Portland and Delaware Water Gap, PA. The program will cover the method of linking to other major trails in all directions, including the Appalachian Trail and the Liberty-Water Gap Trail. Participants will come away from the program with a detailed awareness of the design, funding and political issues and approaches surrounding such complex trail projects.