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SMP Trails Workshop: Building Strong Community Connections

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Shippensburg University

Reisner Dining Hall

Lebanon Drive

Shippensburg, PA 17257

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The South Mountain Partnership (SMP) and Capital RC&D invite you to learn how you can effectively work with landowners, municipalities, and others to build better bike and pedestrian trails that connect communities, enhance economic development, and improve quality of life. This day-long workshop is intended for anyone who wants to fund, design, construct and/or maintain trails. Fewer than 100 spots are available, so register today!



8:30 – 9:30 am Registration, breakfast, and exhibit time

9:30 – 9:45 am Welcome

Katie Hess - South Mountain Parnership, Kathy Coy - Mayor of Shippensburg, Mitchell Burrows - Shippensburg Borough Council

9:45 – 10:45 am Plenary Session: Benefits of Trails

Bob Thomas, Campbell Thomas and Co. Architects and Jonathan Pinkerton, Susquehanna Heritage

Learn about the economic, environmental, and social benefits of trails from inspiring high-level and local viewpoints.

11:00 – 12:15 pm Breakout Session 1

a. Designing Trails for Local Needs - Larry Knutson, Penn Trails LLC

Larry’s company has helped to assess, conceptualize, plan and construct hundreds of miles of trails and in PA and beyond. Learn how he brings ideas to reality in this session.

b. Bike Friendly Communities Panel - Craig Walt from the City of York, Tim Poole from Bike Camp Hill, and Harrisburg Bike Share (invited)

Learn what it takes to implement successful bike lanes, trails, and bike share programs that improve traffic flow, enhance economic development, and advance quality of life issues.

c. Trail Case Study Panel - Bob Thomas from Campbell Thomas and Co. Architects, Gwen Loose from York County Heritage Rail Trail, and Jeff Geesaman from Washington Township

What makes a good trail project? Learn from these experts how to work with partners, find funding, build public interest, and get things done.

12:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch Session: Trails Now and in the Future in Michaux State Forest

Roy Brubaker, Michaux State Forest District Manager

Managing the many needs of trail users in Michaux State Forest isn’t easy. Roy will discuss the challenges, opportunities, and long-term goals for trails in his district and how these lessons learned can apply to non-state-owned lands.

1:45 – 2:45 pm Breakout Session 2

a. How to Work with PennDOT to Get Bike Lanes Funded, Designed and Built - Roy Gothie, PennDOT

As PennDOT’s state bike and pedestrian coordinator, Roy knows how communities can best work with the agency to bring bike lanes and trail connections to life.

b. How to Engage and Retain Volunteers (Especially Younger Generations)

Jenn Brehm – Friends of Kings Gap and Brian Greene – Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Are you finding it difficult to get and keep volunteers for trail maintenance and special events? Is your core group of volunteers getting older and you need a way to attract Millennials? Then this session is for you!

c. Mobile Session Part 1 – pre-registration is required

Join us for a walking tour of the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail, where you will learn about its history, the partnerships that made it happen, and the unique features along the way, including invasive plant control via goats, an art exhibit, and the box car at Shippensburg Station.

3:00 – 4:00 pm Breakout Session 3

a. The How’s and Why’s of Trail User Studies - Carl Knoch from Trail Facts and Jim Mader from the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail Council

Carl has done numerous trail user and economics studies to show why municipalities should support and build trails. He and Jim will use the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail as a case study to show how these studies are done and why they should be used elsewhere.

b. Building Municipal and Community Support for Trails - Corey Adams from South Middleton Township and Carl Dickson from Dauphin County Parks and Recreation

Working with and getting buy-in from municipal staff and landowners can be challenging, but it an essential component of the trail building process. Corey and Carl will show you how it can be done in your community.

c. Mobile Session Part 2 – pre-registration and participation in Part 1 is required

4:15 – 5:00 pm Closing remarks, light appetizer and drink reception, exhibits, door prizes

5:00 pm Adjourn





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