OMS-UCF Distinguished Lecture Series: Dale Allen - Florida's Greenways and Trails: A Proven Paradigm for Community Development, Personal Mobility and Public Health
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 8 p.m. EDT
Orlando, FL, United States
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OMS-UCF Distinguished Lecture Series:
Dale Allen - Florida's Greenways and Trails: A Proven Paradigm for Community Development, Personal Mobility and Public Health
Each year, three of the nation's leading planning experts travel to Orlando to participate in OMS- UCF's Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Lecture Series. The lectures are open to the public and supported by generous contributions from the Central Florida planning community
The UCF School of Public Administration is proud to kick off the 2015-16 Distinguished Lecture Series with a presentation from Dale Allen, the president of the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation.
Allen's lecture, titled "Florida's Greenways and Trails: A Proven Paradigm for Community Development, Personal Mobility and Public Health," will include information on some of the current trail projects in the state of Florida as well as some challenges of planning that students and practitioners may not know.
Mr. Allen spearheaded a campaign to "Close the Gaps" among existing trail segments in central Florida, and helped secure a multi- million dollar commitment from the Florida Legislature and the Florida Department of Transportation to construct the "Coast-to-Coast Connector", a unique project that would link the Atlantic Ocean at the Canaveral National Seashore to St. Petersburg and the Gulf of Mexico via a non-motorized trail. The Coast-to-Coast Connector is currently under development by FDOT and is scheduled to be completed around 2020.
Most recently the Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation spearheaded the effort to create a new program in the FDOT called "SUN Trails". Thanks to the leadership of Senate President Andy Gardiner, this program also secured a recurring funding commitment of $25 million annually to design and construct over 2000 miles of regionally-connected paved trails in Florida--the first program of its kind in North America.
Through the session, planners will be able make connections between greenway programs and public health. They will learn valuable tools about the florida greenway programs. They will learn about challenges to implementing these type of program as well as some techniques to overcome the obstacles.