If “the goal is to ensure that our outdoor environments are protected and preserved, while at the same time making it possible for [all] to experience.” Guidelines and Best Practices for the Design, Construction, and Maintenance of Sustainable Trails Then, to achieve this goal, park managers and planners need to increase visitation to the park. Once the visitors are in the park they experience all the draws. They can hike, explore, and enjoy the beauty that each park has to offer.

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“Trails consistently remain the number one community amenity sought by prospective homeowners,” according to the National Association of Homebuilders. With trails being such a big draw for potential residents, cities are challenged with a responsibility to appease their citizens and attract new ones. The development of trails improves community life in multiple ways…

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Designing trails for people and nature

When you’re designing a public recreation area, you’re asked to balance a lot: budget, environmental impact, visitor satisfaction, and timeline. Often, the one of the trickiest challenges is balancing the needs of your visitors with the needs of nature. How can you design a park that visitors love but that’s also environmentally friendly?

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“Who we are is what we leave behind.” If you have seen the recent Subaru campaign then you are familiar with this mantra as well as their partnership with the national parks, if you are not, check it out here. It is important to consider what we leave behind in the parks. Even leaving our footprints can cause erosion and alter the course of natural water runoff. The effects of these, and other, actions are irreversible but preventable.

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Making a trail visitors will remember

Think about the last memorable trail you traveled. Was it open, inviting, and interesting? Did you get the feeling that the trail would lead you some place old and familiar or new and exciting? When you’re planning your next park project, follow these five key steps to build a memorable, beautiful trail.

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