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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.;

Logistics:

  • 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 Walt.Ray@tpl.org 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.

Logistics:

  • 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 Walt.Ray@tpl.org 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 – Mobile 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

Logistics:

  • 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

From High Level to Eye Level: Healthy Community Design in Columbus, GA  – Mobile Workshop

Sunday, May 5, 2019
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
At Columbus Convention and Trade Center

Public Health and City Design go way back. In the 19th century, urban health officials eradicated infectious diseases by observing (and then shaping) the connection between the built environment and health outcomes. Today’s diseases, stemming from our sedentary lifestyle and social isolation, present a new set of challenges. But are they, too, connected to the design of the city? Spoiler alert: the answer is yes. Join us on a 5-mile guided walk, led by public health and planning practitioners, on our Dragonfly Trails. Participants will experience how Columbus invites people towards physical, social, and economic wellbeing.

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Mario Davis; CEO, YMCA of Metro Columbus, Friends of the Dragonfly
  • Jack Lockwood, Project Manager, West Central Health District
  • Semilla Neal, Project LAUNCH Coordinator, West Central Heath District
  • Carolina Rodriguez, Urban Planner, City of Columbus

Logistics:

  • Cost: $20.00
  • 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 shoes and clothes for walking
  • 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: 20

Whitewater Adventure

Sunday, May 5, 2019

1:15 PM to 4:00 PM

At Columbus Convention and Trade Center

USA Today calls the whitewater trail in Columbus, GA one of the “TOP 12 MAN MADE ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD.”  REI is partnering with Whitewater Express to offer Georgia Trail Summit attendees the signature Columbus, GA experience, rafting the world-class whitewater trail in the Chattahoochee River along Columbus’s beautiful waterfront. Participants will meet at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center before walking to Whitewater Express for orientation and gear. Facilitators will explain how this trail came to be, what is has contributed to Columbus, and how it is enjoyed today. Sign up quickly – these spots won’t last long!

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Daniel Jessee, REI
  • Dan Gilbert, Whitewater Express
  • Ross Horner, Uptown Columbus, Inc.
  • Will Chambliss, Whitewater Express

Logistics:

  • Cost: $20
  • 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:  Clothes you can get wet. Footwear with laces.
  • Soft Drinks & Snacks:  Provided, please bring your own water bottle.
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 30

 

Cinco de Mayo – Free Ride

Sunday, May 5, 2019

3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

At Columbus Convention and Trade Center

This free ride will be a casually paced bicycle tour of River Walk’s downstream section between the Conference Center and the Infantry Museum.  Round trip is approximately 16 miles with gently sloping terrain on a paved trail system.

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Atiba Mbiwan,  BRAG Dream Team
  • Annette Santiago-Waters,  BRAG Dream Team
  • Jimmy Habersham,  BRAG Dream Team
  • Ed McBrayer,  PATH Foundation
  • Greta deMayo,  KAIZEN Collaborative

Logistics:

  • Cost: Free
  • 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 and helmet or borrow one provided for this Mobile Workshop. Please e-mail Walt.Ray@tpl.org to reserve a bicycle and helmet, if needed.
  • Soft Drinks & Snacks:  Provided, please bring your own water bottle.
  • Maximum Number of Participants: No Maximum – Bicycles and helmets are available only to first 20 to pre-register – complements of Ride on Bikes.

 

Paddle on the Lower Chattahoochee River Water Trail

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Afternoon: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

At Columbus Convention and Trade Center

Join Georgia Rivers Network for a fascinating 2 hour, five-mile flat water paddle on one of Georgia’s 18 developing water trails. Along the way, you’ll learn about key elements necessary for a successful water trail.

A shuttle will take participants from the Convention and Trade Center to our launch site at the Chattahoochee Paddle Company boat house where participants will be outfitted with life jackets and canoes/ kayaks. No partner or paddling experience required.

The route takes paddlers through some of the most historic parts of the Chattahoochee River. We will put in at the site where the CSS Jackson was burned in 1865, and paddle past its current home in the Civil War Navel Museum.  You will see what remains of the river’s industrial past. A gas dock on the Georgia side and a grain dock on Alabama side of the river, along with a wrecked gas barge will bring the river’s golden age as a transportation hub to life.

Workshop Facilitators:

Gwyneth Moody, Georgia Rivers Network

Logistics:

  • Cost: $20
  • 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:  Clothes you can get wet. Footwear with laces.
  • Soft Drinks & Snacks:  Provided, please bring your own water bottle.
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 20

The Nightlife of Trails – Mobile Workshop

Sunday, May 5, 2019
8:00 PM to 9:00
Leave from Sunday Evening Reception

With its high concentration of arts and culture hotspots, trendy cafes and bars, and public space programming of concerts and glow-rides, downtown Columbus boasts a strong nightlife economy. A vibrant and inclusive nightlife scene can enhance public life especially for young people, and trail advocates should study the Trail Nightlife. After taking in the pink and blue cotton-candy sunset over the Chattahoochee River, we’ll stroll the Columbus and Phenix City Riverwalk loop. We’ll observe a shift change in the trail foot traffic and talk about what makes the space inviting for nocturnal pursuits.

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Carolina Rodriguez, Urban Planner, City of Columbus
  • Ximena Rozo, Industrial Designer & Founder, Ximena Rozo Design

Logistics:

  • Cost: $20.00
  • Meet: At Sunday Evening Reception (Uptown, Columbus)
  • 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.
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 25

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; 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Details to follow.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Conference

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 Branum 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.

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:  With the success of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment, we have seen the combined power that like-minded conservation organizations can use to benefit our state’s outdoor recreation landscape. But what does version 2.0 look like? Can we create a big-tent coalition of conservation non-profits, outfitters, and manufacturers to continue collaborative efforts like GOSA? How would such a coalition form and what would the benefits be for partner organizations? What might be the first priorities of this coalition? Join George Dusenbury as he facilitates a discussion with: Michael Halicki of Park Pride, Dana Howe of the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, Noah Wilson of Emergent Opportunities, and Daniel Jessee of REI about building a platform for collaboration to strengthen Georgia’s outdoor industry. What might a logical progression from idea to action could look like? Participants in the session will be able to ask questions of the panelists and there will be a call to action for organizational representatives to volunteer for leadership positions to further this effort.

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 Walt.Ray@tpl.org 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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