CEUs for this presentation: .75
CEUs available for the following certifications:
- APA / AICP – American Institute of Certified Planners
- ASCE / TSPE – Engineers’ Professional Development Hours
- ASLA – American Society of Landscape Architects
- CPRP/NRPA – Certified Parks and Recreation Professional/National Recreation and Park Association
Speaker: Brandon Ross, AICP
Take an inspiring virtual bike ride on the beautiful Salado Creek Greenway, to learn about how the City of San Antonio Parks Department has implemented a phased approach to trail development, with the ultimate goal of connecting the Salado trails to the Leon Creek Greenway system at Eisenhower Park.Tour guides will narrate on a host of greenway implementation topics, such as design challenges, community engagement, land partnerships, and neighborhood connectivity. Park Police and Trail Stewards programs will also be highlighted.
The Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail system in San Antonio is in its 12th year of implementation, with the first ribbon cutting happening in 2008. Parks and Recreation staff have learned much about logistical and physical obstacles, community expectations, cooperative partnerships, how to avoid design pitfalls, and other issues and processes encountered in delivering a high quality outdoor recreational experience.
The purpose of this mobile workshop is to inspire participants to continually seek out opportunities for bike and pedestrian connectivity, partnerships, and community impact through greenway trail projects. Tour guides including Park Police, Trail Stewards, and project management staff will discuss experiences with design problem-solving, land partnerships, interaction with trail users, and new trail amenities such as emergency call boxes, bike repair stations, and wayfinding signage.
- Participants from other cities will virtually experience the Salado Creek Greenway Trail system, off the beaten path of the typical San Antonio tourist. Tour guides will geographically orient participants to how the Salado and Leon Creek Greenway systems are tying many neighborhoods, destinations, and employment centers together into one system, including UTSA, student housing developments, La Cantera, the Rim, Security Service Credit Union, and several regional parks.
- Participants will see and learn first-hand about a wide variety of cooperative land partnership agreements that have allowed the continued expansion of San Antonio’s greenway trail system.
- Participants will see and learn first-hand about overcoming design challenges, adding value to trailheads with amenities such as bike repair stations and emergency call boxes, and meeting TCEQ water pollution standards.
Tour guides will share inspiring experiences that will give participating colleagues foresight into their own potential success and/or challenges in implementing similar trail projects and land partnerships in their own communities. Participants will demonstrate their attainment of the learning objectives by engaging in an open dialog so that the entire group will have an opportunity to gain a better understanding of ideas, experiences, issues, and potential solutions that may translate to their own professional situations. Tour guides will give specific examples, refer to maps and invite participants to discuss and think strategically about ways to overcome obstacles and collaborate for exceptional outcomes.