Integrating Trails into Park Planning

Includes a Live Event on 05/13/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)


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 a couple of attendees' questions following each topic. Presenters will also answer attendee questions at the end of the presentation.

Topics for discussion:

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

Learning Objectives

  1. 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.
  2. Learn how comprehensive trail planning can ensure a cohesive completed network by understanding routes, partnerships, and funding.
  3. Learn why and how long-range planning should incorporate trail management to ensure high-quality trails well into the future for users.
  4. Discover various methods for utilizing data to demonstrate the need for trails and how inclusive outreach efforts can ensure equitable park and trail access.

Presented by:

  • Sarah Olson, MPA, Deputy Director, Lynnwood Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department
  • Carlos F. Perez, PLA, Principal, Perez Planning + Design, LLC
  • Eric Sauer, RLA, Five Rivers MetroParks
  • Rachel Banner, Director of Park Access, National Recreation and Park Association

When: May 13, 2021 @ 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

Cost: Free to all

This content will be accessed through American Trails.  Registering through this site will allow you to receive notifications leading up to the event through NRPA. You will be asked to register with American Trails also or you can register directly here: Advancing Trails Webinar


American Trails: Integrating Trails into Park Planning
05/13/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
05/13/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes