Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Trail Types

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Trail Types

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Would-be trail developers have a variety of choices when it comes to trail composition and, in many cases, trail route. In considering a trail project, applications and aesthetics should be given adequate attention in seeking project success-for just because you build it, doesn't mean they will come.

An inviting trail environment, according to Gregg Calpino, a principal and land planner with JJR in Chicago, should be characterized first and foremost by user appeal. "You want to have a trail that people want to go and ride," he says.

"There's nothing worse when you're riding with the kids than encountering a gauntlet between two menacing-looking buildings, or a trail along an expressway embankment. You may ride it once," he adds, "or maybe just turn around and never return."

Guidelines by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other codes provide technical standards, notes Calpino, but it is ultimately the intended use and setting that will determine the type of trail to be created. he identifies various kinds of trails and their typical uses:

* Concrete walks: Often used near buildings and plazas, such as at park entrances or in sidewalk settings most conducive to walking. …

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