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TRAIL FORUM

Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Charles Mack Citizen Center | Mooresville, NC

14th Annual Trail Forum

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This region’s premiere trail conference will offer multiple educational sessions and two keynote presentations about trail design, construction and more. There will also be time to network with other attendees throughout the event, meet the presenters, and connect with exhibitors between sessions.

 

Early Bird Ticket (October 1 – November 24): $75

Standard Ticket (November 25 – day of event; after November 30, must register on-site): $100

Thursday, December 2
8:30 am-3:30 pm
Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 North Main Street | Mooresville, NC

 

Trail Forum brings together over 200 industry professionals and citizen leaders to continue the momentum in advancing this regional trail and river network.
This year, we’re excited to bring you ten informative sessions and a dynamic keynote address. We offer continuing education credits for members of AICP, NC/SC Landscape Architects and SC Parks and Recreation professionals, Professional Engineers (select sessions). Our presenters and exhibitors look forward to helping you expand the Carolina Thread Trail in your community!

Keynote Address by Mitchell Silver:
The Future of Parks, Trails and
Open Space – What’s Next?An award-winning planner with over 35 years of experience, Mitchell Silver is internationally recognized for his leadership in urban, park, and public space planning. Before joining McAdams as a Principal and Vice President of Urban Planning, Silver served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and Planning Director for the City of Raleigh. From 2011 to 2013 he was president of the American Planning Association.

Agenda

Session Descriptions

Speaker Bios

8:30 to 9:00 Check-in

9:00-9:30 Welcome – Bart Landess, Executive Director, Catawba Lands Conservancy and Carolina Thread Trail
Carolina Thread Trail Year in Review and Looking Ahead – Bret Baronak, Project Director, Carolina Thread Trail

9:40-10:40 Concurrent Session #1
Using Data to Evaluate Trail Alignment Alternatives (PDH credit available)
Beth Poovey, PLA, Principal, Director of Greenways, Parks and Open Space, LandDesign
Dr. Jung Woo, DDES, GIS Specialist, LandDesign

Tapestries to Trails – Implementing a Transformational Vision in Gaston County
Ashton Lamb, Community Coordinator, Carolina Thread Trail
John Searby, Executive Director, Catawba Riverkeeper
Will Cauthen, Mayor, Town of Cramerton, NC
Michael Applegate, Director, Gaston County Travel and Tourism

North Carolina Great Trails State Coalition: Trail Groups Working Together to Successfully Influence Policy (PDH credit available)
Palmer McIntyre, Conservation Planner and Trail Coordinator, Piedmont Land Conservancy and Piedmont Legacy Trails

Connecting with Nature to Enhance Personal and Community Well-Being
Cheryl Baker, Outdoor Enthusiast and Community Volunteer, City of Charlotte Resident

10:40 to 11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Concurrent Session #2
Triangle Bikeway – Public Input Innovation, Bringing More Voices to Regional Trail Planning (PDH credit available)
Iona Thomas, AICP, Vice-President, Strategy and Public Client Development, McAdams

Public Private Partnership for Trail System Development (PDH credit available)
Lori Milam, Designer, LandDesign Matt Weschler, P.E., Senior Designer, LandDesign
Clifton Cable, Senior VP, Northwood Development, Team Leader Ballantyne Reimagined

Trail-Oriented Development – Lessons Learned from the Perspectives of Regional Developers, Designers and Local Government Planners (PDH credit available)
Moderator – John Cock, AICP, Senior Project Manager, Cole Jenest & Stone
Monica Carney Holmes, AICP, Managing Designer, City of Charlotte Planning Department
Beth Poovey, PLA, Principal, LandDesign
Sean Paone, PLA, Senior Project Manager, Cole Jenest & Stone
Wyatt Dixon, Founding Partner, Profitt Dixon Partners

12:00-2:00 Lunch and Keynote Address (PDH credit available)
“The Future of Parks, Trails and Open Space – What’s Next?” – Mitchell Silver, FAICP, Principal,
V-P of Urban Planning, McAdams

2:15 – 3:15 Concurrent Session # 3
Thermal Belt Rail Trail: History, Successes and Lessons Learned
Jerry Stensland, RPO Transportation Planner and Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Foothills Regional Commission
Karyl Fuller, CZO, GISP, Community and Economic Development Director, Foothills Regional Commission

Guide to Trail Planning, Design and Construction (PDH credit available)
Jeff Ashbaugh, PLA, Landscape Architecture Group Manager, Benesch
Jon Wood, PLA, Senior Project Manager, Alfred Benesch & Co.

East Coast Greenway becomes a State Trail
Sarah Sanford, VA and NC Manager, East Coast Greenway Alliance

3:15-3:30 Closing

Exhibitors

Check back soon for exhibitor information.

 

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