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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Mobile Workshop Sessions

Come see the best that Columbus, Georgia has to offer in trails. The first day of the 2019 Georgia Trail Summit will offer hands-on, experiential learning in the form of Mobile Workshops. We proudly offer the following options for those wanting to learn from experts as they guide participants through real-world trail opportunities and challenges. Don’t see a Mobile Workshop that appeals to you – keep checking back. We’re posting additional workshops all of February!

Preserving Columbus’s Black Heritage Trail – Mobile Workshop

Sunday, May 5, 2019
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
At Columbus Convention and Trade Center

The Black Heritage Trail in Columbus, GA was nationally recognized as a National Recreation Trail in 2000, and yet, even this distinction has not brought the attention and awareness needed to maintain the trail that links 31 historically significant African American sites within the city. Too often, the contributions of marginalized communities on our nation’s transit systems go unrecognized. Participants will walk along the Black Heritage Trail while facilitators will discuss how cities can promote and preserve its historic sites and landmarks. Following the guided walk, participants will attend and observe a community led design charrette – aimed to address the lack of wayfinding, gateway, and transit infrastructure on the Black Heritage Trail. The community led design charrette will include historic and artistic perspectives to support community members in their goal of starting a conversation on the need to promote and preserve the diverse history in Columbus, GA, and will seek to establish design and preservation metrics for any current and future development along the trail.

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Addie Jewell Britt; Transportation Planner, Columbus Consolidated Government
  • Julian Plowden; Designer/Artist, Black Art in America (BAIA)
  • Dr. Shae Anderson; Executive Director, Liberty Theater Cultural Center Inc.;


  • Meet: Columbus Convention and Trade Center; 900 Front Ave, Columbus, GA 31901
  • Physical Demands: Moderate (some exertion or difficulty for periods of the activity)
  • Required Gear and Equipment:  Comfortable clothing and footwear
  • Soft Drinks & Snacks:  Provided, please bring your own water bottle, if convenient.
  • Lunch – Participants purchase own lunch at Minnie’s Uptown Restaurant
  • Continuing Education Credits: 2 credit hours for landscape architects registered in the state of Georgia (Contact at time of registration for specific instructions and requirements)
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 25


Greenways & Shared Use Paths: Design to Details – Mobile Workshop

Sunday, May 5, 2019

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

At Columbus Convention and Trade Center

This workshop will be a casually paced bicycle tour of the existing and planned shared use paths and greenways in and near downtown Columbus. Workshop leaders will stop periodically to discuss best practices in greenway/shared use path design and implementation, with a focus on experiential understanding of design details, network planning, and construction considerations that foster safe, all-ages-and-abilities access for both active transportation and recreational use of these facilities.

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Brent Buice; GA & SC Regional Coordinator, East Coast Greenway Alliance
  • Julio Portillo; Executive Director, Midtown, Inc.


  • Meet: Columbus Convention and Trade Center; 900 Front Ave, Columbus, GA 31901
  • Physical Demands:  Moderate (some exertion or difficulty for periods of the activity)
  • Required Gear and Equipment:  Comfortable clothing and footwear; Bring your own bicycle or borrow one provided for this Mobile Workshop. Please e-mail to reserve a bicycle, if needed.
  • Soft Drinks & Snacks:  Provided, please bring your own water bottle.
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 30


Trail Maintenance Assessment Workshop

Sunday, May 5, 2019

12:30 PM to 4:30 PM

At Columbus Convention and Trade Center

Learn about trail design basics, material options, user group considerations, and best practices for maintenance from the best in the field. Join trail experts for a walk and talk trail assessment of trail maintenance problems, their causes and possible solutions. Attends will learn how to identify natural surface trail maintenance needs such as: erosion problems, lack of drainage in flat areas, rerouting a damaged trail, and routine maintenance for long term management and care. All trails benefit from routine maintenance. This Workshop will introduce participants to best practices with hands-on demonstrations.

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Walt Bready; Owner, B Ready Trails
  • Brett Davidson; President, MTB Atlanta
  • Aaron Steele; President, Tailored Trails
  • Jay Richardson; Trail Manager Flat Rock Park, CVA, Chattahoochee Valley Area SORBA


  • Meet: Columbus Convention and Trade Center; 900 Front Ave, Columbus, GA 31901
  • Transportation: This Workshop will be held at a park approximately 12 miles from the Convention Center. Participants will meet at the Convention Center before boarding shuttle to venue. Shuttle will return to Convention Center at 4:30PM.
  • Physical Demands:  Moderate (some exertion or difficulty for periods of the activity)
  • Required Gear and Equipment:  Closed-toed shoes and long pants
  • Soft Drinks & Snacks:  Provided, please bring your own water bottle, if convenient.
  • Continuing Education Credits: 1 credit hour for landscape architects registered in the state of Georgia (Contact walt.ray@tpl at time of registration for specific instructions and requirements)
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 30

Additional Mobile Workshops Coming Soon Include:

  • Whitewater Experience
  • Trail Nightlife
  • Healthy Community Design
  • Uptown Columbus Showcase
  • And others…

Opening Reception

Please plan to attend this Sunday evening reception featuring good food, great fun, and a chance to make new friends. Meet our Keynote speakers and get to know the people who are working to connect Georgians through trails. Sunday, May 5, 2019; 6:oo PM to 9:00 PM.  Details to follow.

Monday, May 6, 2019


Experience inspiring keynote speeches and participate in break-out sessions and discussions designed to advance the role of trails across the state.

Morning Plenary Session – 8:30 am to 10:00 am

Keynote Speaker Chuck Flink:  The Georgia Trail Summit Committee is excited to welcome Flink to our gathering in May. Widely regarded as one of America’s leading greenway planners, Flink is President of Greenways Incorporated, an international consulting firm based in North Carolina. His successes include plans for more than 250 communities.

Morning Break-Out Sessions (Concurrent) 10:15 am to 11:45 am

Follow the River by Land and by Water – The South Fork Conservancy and the Georgia River Network are two grassroots organizations using very different kinds of trails to uncover hidden waterways.  Sally Sears will moderate a panel of successful leaders creating vibrant urban and suburban trails on and beside critical waterways. The Yellow River Water Trail, led by Gwyneth Moody and Debra Griffith and the South Fork Conservancy trails with Ryan Gravel and Cassie Branham will share how they energize hidden and forgotten waterways through positive and active use.

Trails ‘Shark Tank’ – Experts, trail advocates (Actors) will present their trail project and either: have their projects sent back to the TANK ‘Idea’ stage or achieve support from the SHARKS to move forward toward ‘Action.’  This skit-style session will be based on the PATH Foundation and KAIZEN Collaborative’ s experience working with cities and friends’ groups throughout the state of Georgia.

Critical Paths for Greenways: Champion, Plan, Design, Operate – This panel will explore, compare, and contrast a critical path framework for several greenway systems in small and mid-sized metropolitan regions following the perspective of four essential roles: the CHAMPION, the PLANNER, the DESIGNER, and the OPERATOR. Representative projects will include: the Tide to Town Greenway in Savannah, GA; The Coastal Georgia Greenway along Coastal Georgia; The Ebenezer Creek Greenway in Springfield, GA; and the Tennessee Riverwalk in Chattanooga, TN.

Economics of Blueways – Experts will share case studies on the economic impact of blueway trails throughout the country.

166 Miles and Something for Everyone – Cobb County, GA is home to nearly 166 miles of greenways and trails, connecting Kennesaw State University through downtown Marietta and the Chattahoochee River, and from Cumberland to the western county line. These trails span diverse settings and contexts, from wooded parklands to wide suburban roadways. This session will cover two key factors in the growing success of the Cobb County trail system: partnerships and context-sensitive trail typologies.

Lunchtime Plenary Session – 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

Keynote Speaker Dr. Anne Lusk:  Dr. Anne Lusk is on a two-wheeled mission: to increase and improve infrastructure to entice more people to bike. A research scientist in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Lusk has more than 36 years of experience researching, designing, permitting and funding bicycle facilities.

Introducing The Chattahoochee RiverLands:  Walt Ray will facilitate a brief discussion with SCAPE, a renowned landscape architecture firm helping the metro-Atlanta region consider its relationship with the Chattahoochee River. Trails are an important part of the discussion when thinking about how we access the Chattahoochee River – on land and by water. Learn how you can influence the future of this public realm.

Afternoon Break-Out Sessions (Concurrent) 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

What Comes First: A Clean River or Public Access? – River recreation and water quality go hand in hand. But if a river is polluted, which of the two should come first? We are more likely to help protect something that we can see and experience. But is it safe to encourage people to explore a river that is impacted by pollution? This session will explore the relationship between water quality and water recreation with a focus on our mighty Chattahoochee River.

Connecting Communities through Florida’s Trails – Community partnerships are essential when creating a statewide system of regional trails.  These regional trails represent the stories of hard working individuals who not only advocate for, but also manage and maintain the trails. It takes a coordinated effort of federal, state and local partners to connect local trails to create a long distance regional system. In this session, speakers will share how to create these partnerships to form cross jurisdictional alliances; how a statewide system of regional trails is created; and how these regional trails can transform communities. Speakers include Britney Moore, Regional Coordinator with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection – Division of Recreation and Parks – Office of Greenways and Trails and Ken Bryan, Florida State Director for the Rail-to-Trails Conservancy.

Strategic Planning for Great Mountain Bike Trails – Do you want to know what it takes to plan, fund, and build a high quality destination trail system for mountain biking and outdoor recreation? Join SORBA, IMBA Trail Solutions, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and local stakeholders for a discussion on how they have joined in partnership to create a model regional trail system at Standing Boy Park, just north of Columbus, GA. Attendees will learn the basics of creating a regional trail system – from community engagement, to planning and design, to funding and construction, to activation and promoting, and measuring success.

Ideas to Action: Successful Implementation Strategies – This session will provide suggestions on implementing the very first trail project from a larger plan. With the key questions being answered and discussed among the panel, it is intended to provide first-hand experience and knowledge to the audience. Panelists will include: Nico Shen, KAIZEN Collaborative; Natalie Hale, Friends of the Thread Trail; Hasco Craver, City of Newnan, GA; Patty Hansen, City of Brookhaven, GA; and Jonathon Penn, City of East Point, GA.

Building Regionalism across Alabama: The Story of the Singing River Trail The Singing River Trail is a regional greenway being planned in north Alabama. This initiative began as a grassroots collaboration – engaging people from many different organizations and entities to connect communities, provide active-living opportunities, and spur further economic development for the region. Presenters will provide information about the Launch 2035: Land Use Planning Task Force and how this grassroots group plans to unite Limestone, Madison, and Morgan counties in defining a collective 20-year vision to ensure the region continues to prosper.

Closing Plenary Session – 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Plenary Panel: Building a Coalition for Recreation in Georgia

Keynote Speaker Aimee Copeland: Aimee Copeland lives on her own terms, and that means mostly outdoors, despite the amputation of both her hands, her right foot, and entire left leg after she was infected by a flesh-eating bacteria while zip-lining at age 24. We are honored and excited to welcome Copeland to the 2019 Georgia Trail Summit as our closing Keynote Speaker. Her message will challenge us all to think about who we are serving – and who we might be excluding – as we plan for the future of trails in our state.

Continuing Education Units: Attendance at Monday’s portion of the Georgia Trail Summit earns five (5) credit hours for continuing education units for landscape architects registered in the state of Georgia. Any professional interested in documenting this attendance should contact for details and to register for these credits.

Registration for the 2019 Georgia Trail Summit is open.  Plan to register for mobile workshops soon.

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