The Value of Trails, Beyond Recreation

APA Indiana Chapter


Thursday, March 23, 2017
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CDT

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As planners, we understand that trails are an important part of a community and serve many functions. Urban trails have been viewed as amenities in the past; however, in a time when towns are vying for residents and looking to stay healthy, trails are an attractor and not an amenity. This session will explore the many benefits of trails, ways to communicate the benefits, and strategies for matching the benefits to the audience. This session is a panel discussion featuring three speakers with diverse backgrounds in parks, health, trails, and local politics.


Please join us and bring your questions.


Geoff McKim

Geoff McKim has served on the Monroe County Council since 2009. As a lifelong trail user and advocate, he is currently working with stakeholders to launch and extend Monroe County's active transportation network. He teaches classes on systems design for governmental professionals at IU School of Public and Environmental ... Read More

Pete Fritz

Pete Fritz is the Healthy Communities Planner with Indiana State Department of Health, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity. With over 33-years of experience, he works with project stakeholders in planning and designing communities with a focus on promoting healthy, active lifestyles through changes to politics and the built environment ... Read More

Stephen Wolter

Steve Wolter is Executive Director of the Eppley Institute and leads major programs in technical assistance, research, training, and education, and planning for Indiana University. He has more than thirty-five years of experience in the training and education of students and professionals in the parks, recreation, and public lands field Read More

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