Video – Building a Vision for a County-Wide Trail through Health Advocacy in the Paso del Norte Region

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CEUs for this presentation: .5

CEUs available for the following certifications:

  • APA / AICP – American Institute of Certified Planners
  • ASLA – American Society of Landscape Architects
  • CPRP/NRPA – Certified Parks and Recreation Professional/National Recreation and Park Association
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CEUs for this presentation: .5

CEUs available for the following certifications:

  • APA / AICP – American Institute of Certified Planners
  • ASLA – American Society of Landscape Architects
  • CPRP/NRPA – Certified Parks and Recreation Professional/National Recreation and Park Association

Speaker: Jana Renner

The session will highlight a unique partnership between the region’s health foundation and traditional public entities to promote strategic regional trail planning and project implementation.

The session will present a summary overview of the mission of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation (PdNHF). The trail initiative grew out of PdNHF’s Healthy Eating Active Living Priority Area and created a new vision for what is now established as the Paso Del Norte Trail.

Session will highlight elements of visioning and the master planning effort that created the Paso del Norte Trail including the planning process, outreach, key elements of planning document, role of an advisory entity to maintain continuity of trail planning effort, and PdNHF funding of a trail project.

Session will also highlight details of a catalytic trail project led and funded by PdNHF for the design and construction of a 3.4 mile segment of urban trail along a drainage easement owned and managed by the local water utility.

Highlights will include collaboration efforts with local entities to support the project, brief overview of the historically underserved neighborhoods served by the trail, urban connectivity / recreational opportunities provided by the trail and social impact of the trail.

Lastly the session will highlight lessons learned from both the master planning process and the catalytic trail project.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the importance of having a community health advocacy entity to lead and convene stakeholders towards the goal of developing a community trail system.
  • Describe processes that can be put into place to achieve sustainability in leadership to implement a master trail plan.
  • Discuss opportunities benefits and challenges in multi-partner project implementation projects.

Open-ended discussion questions relating to the learning objectives will be included at key points in the presentation to engage participants in a dialogue on each objective. Participants will be asked to draw on their own experiences as well as recall information in the presentation. Example questions include:

  • Based on the information provided, what qualities does the Health Foundation have that helped it successfully advance the master trail alignment project?
  • What processes that were put in place in El Paso for implementation of the trail would also be relevant in your community?

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