Master Plan for Trails is Available Online

Posted: February 05, 2013
   

Over the years, the city has made a priority of gathering feedback from our residents about the importance of trails. Recent national studies have shown how residents across the country are choosing to become more active through outdoor activities, such as walking and hiking.

As part of the overall goals of the Mayor and City Council, the city began the process of developing a Trails Master Plan that will be instrumental in solidifying priorities to guide the construction and improvements of trails throughout the city for decades to come.

The first step of the process was to invite residents to share the most desired elements of a trail and to help city staff understand current uses of existing trails and future needs for new trails. Input from the September open house, as well as comments gathered online and through a Dan Jones survey helped determine the most beneficial uses, types of trails and frequency of use of trails by the residents.

The city has worked hard to create a trail system of which residents can be proud. All current trails were reviewed as part of the study process to help determine what needs existed, the potential to connect to future trails and possible amenities to create a more robust system. A list of all current trails was included in the master plan showcasing their features along with any future plans for expansion or improvements. The city has applied for various grants to help complete the immediate needs throughout the city.

The results of the survey, a copy of the Trails Master Plan, and maps of the trails system can be found online. The final version of the plan was adopted on January 29, 2013. 

Please feel free to let us know if you have any other comments or feedback concerning trails in your neighborhood.