Policy, engagement & design initiatives inspire progress in Puget Sound

People walking and rolling on a shoreline trail in Pierce County

On September 15, 2022, Leafline Trails Coalition members, partners, supporters, and guests gathered virtually to share progress updates and learn from peers across the country.

Kicking Off Gap Analysis of the Leafline Trails Network

After the successful launch of the map vision in June 2022, we can now turn our attention to understanding how to best meet network gaps through the lenses of sustainability and equity. The Map Vision Working Group, Leadership Group, and volunteers are working together with staff from the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program to guide our process.

Now, we want your help to shape the criteria we’ll use to analyze planned trails and other gaps in the network! The survey will be open until September 30, 2022, and will take 5-10 minutes to complete:

Guest Speakers

To showcase innovative work on issues we face here in the Puget Sound region, we invited guest speakers for presentations and discussion with the coalition, including:

  • Allison Burson, East Coast Greenway Alliance on leveraging funding, tracking successes, & building strong partnerships
  • Patricial Miguel, Washington Area Bicyclist Association on development of the Trail Rangers program, an innovative approach to maintenance & engagement
  • Kevin Osburn, Rundell Ernstberger Associates on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail & designing a trail-like experience on-street
Watch on YouTube to navigate between speakers.

Coalition discussion following the presentations highlighted the benefits of learning from those who have gone before, and there was excitement about potential to implement similar programming in our area.

For more details and links to presentation materials, please check out the September 15 meeting summary:

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