Great Rivers Greenway FIT Approach

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Mark Vogl, landscape architect at HOK, presented this overview of the Great Rivers Greenway Master Plan update, which incorporated the Fully Integrated Thinking (FIT) approach, at the First Annual FIT Gathering in Chicago, 2010.

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Great Rivers Greenway FIT Approach

  1. 1. tundra<br />polar<br />monsoon forest<br />mediterran vegetation<br />tropical rainforest<br />subtropical dry forest<br />taiga<br />temperate forest<br />temperate steppe<br />subtropical<br />rainforest<br />arid desert<br />xeric shrubland<br />dry steppe<br />semiarid desert<br />grass savanna<br />tree savanna<br />alpine tundra<br />montane forest<br />GRG Regional Greenway Plan Update<br />Metropolitan St. Louis | US<br />Open Space Network/1216 square miles<br />“GRG’s Regional Plan will position the St. Louis region towards a vision for an interconnected greenway framework within a livable and sustainable region.” <br />FIT<br />2010<br />
  2. 2. Great Rivers Greenway<br /><ul><li>Regional park and recreation district
  3. 3. Covers 3 Missouri counties, over 100 municipalities and 1216 sm
  4. 4. Funded through 1/20th of 1-cent sales tax
  5. 5. Collaborates with Metro-East Park and Recreation District in Madison and St. Clair Counties (IL)</li></ul>Citizen-Driven Regional PlanBuilding the River Ring <br /><ul><li>Mission: For a Clean, Green, Connected St. Louis Region
  6. 6. Goals: Social, Environmental, and Economic Benefits</li></li></ul><li>
  7. 7. <ul><li>A plan shaped by and for the people of STL
  8. 8. Unites the region equitably: engagement
  9. 9. Strength, stability of GRG as an organization
  10. 10. Exploring ways to do morewith less
  11. 11. Old relationships and radical new partners
  12. 12. SEED sustainability</li></ul>Sustainable Planning Principles<br />© Biomimicry Guild<br />
  13. 13. Why Update the Regional Plan?<br />Evaluate GRG Projects and GoalsEstablish procedures to evaluate greenwaysand goals [social, environmental, economic]<br />Establish Priorities Establish procedures to prioritize projects<br />Identify Partnerships Strengthen and identity partnerships for developing the River Ring<br />Improve Communication Engage citizens and leaders to advance the River Ring for the greatest impact<br />
  14. 14. 1025 acres <br />land acquired<br />85 miles<br />off-road trail completed<br />79 miles<br />on-road bicycle lanes<br />107 partners<br />public/municipal, privateand nonprofit groups<br />“…position the St. Louis region towards a vision for an interconnected greenway, park and trail framework within a livableandsustainable region.”<br />
  15. 15. 19+ Workshops and Listening Sessions<br /><ul><li>CAC – Citizen Advisory Committee (3)
  16. 16. TAC – Technical Advisory Committee (2)
  17. 17. RAC – Regional Advisory Committee
  18. 18. PRC – Peer Review Committee (2)
  19. 19. ARC – Applied Research Collaborative (2)
  20. 20. CAC Focus Groups (3)
  21. 21. Non-User Focus Groups (4)
  22. 22. Educators
  23. 23. Middle School Students</li></ul>+Plus GRG Board and Staff<br />
  24. 24. Translating Citizen Input into GRG’s Action Plan<br />2004<br />Dec ‘09<br />Jan/Feb<br />Mar<br />Apr<br />May<br />Jun<br />Jul<br />Aug<br />Citizen-Driven Regional Plan: 3 Benefits<br />CAC Kickoff: Spectrum of 160 Ideas<br />Focus Groups: Weigh Priorities<br />Charrette: 11 SEED Goals<br />RAC: Partners to Build, Promote, Sustain<br />Collaboration: Compile 100+ Strategies<br />Collaboration: River Ring Purpose + 5 Goals<br />Collaboration: Effort vs. Impact<br />Collaboration: Refine 35 Strategies<br />
  25. 25. 2004 River Ring “SEED” Goals<br />Social Capital<br />An interconnected system of greenways, parks and trails enhances social capital—health, education, dignity and interaction—and strengthens community bonds.<br />S<br />Environmental Stewardship<br />An interconnected system of greenways, parks and trails is the physical armature that defines communities and preserves and enhances the natural environment.<br />E<br />ED<br />Economic Development<br />An interconnected system of greenways, parks and trails strengthens local economiesand is a catalyst for economic growth in new and established communities.<br />
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  28. 28. 11 Goals Toward Achieving River Ring Benefits<br />(Social, Environmental and Economic Benefits)<br /><ul><li>Compiled From 200+ Comments in Goal-Setting Exercises
  29. 29. Interconnected System of Greenways, Parks and Trails Should Help Create:</li></ul>1. Stable and Desirable Neighborhoods<br /> 2. Strong Civic Stewardship<br /> 3. Good Health<br /> 4. Transportation Options<br /> 5. High Quality of Life<br /> 6. A Clean, Healthy Environment<br /> 7. Reduced Carbon Footprint and Impact on Environment<br /> 8. Strong Environmental Stewardship<br /> 9. A Strong Regional Economy<br /> 10. Creation and Preservation of Wealth<br /> 11. Efficient and Fiscally Strong Government<br />Social<br />Goals<br />Environmental<br />Goals<br />Economic<br />Goals<br />
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  31. 31. Build, Promote, Sustain: River Ring Greenways<br /> Builders – concentrate on establishing the River Ring’s foundation and connections throughout the region focusing on environmental and natural resources and economic impacts.<br />Promoters – concentrate on programming, marketing and educating residents about the River Ring, so that our public resource is valued and used.<br />Sustainers – concentrate on maintaining, funding and expanding the River Ring to ensure a high quality of life now and in the future.<br />RAC<br />
  32. 32. Build, Promote, Sustain: River Ring Greenways<br />
  33. 33. Build, Promote, Sustain: The River Ring<br />2/3% Build<br />Leveling off of Building<br />MinimalPromotion<br />Mostly Build<br />Ramp-up Promotion<br />1/3 Sustain<br />Initial<br />Promotion<br />Gradual Transition toward Sustaining<br />
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  38. 38. Call to Action<br />The Symbol for RegionalCooperation and Achievement<br /><ul><li>GRG has a very strong reputation(for those who know what GRG is!)
  39. 39. Expectations are high, memories are good
  40. 40. Clean Water, Safe Parks, Community Trails</li></ul>Think Big<br /><ul><li>Build greenways – not just trails
  41. 41. Realize the bi-state vision</li></ul>Continue Meaningful Engagement<br /><ul><li>Strong potential for partnerships
  42. 42. Stewardship and friends
  43. 43. All phases: building, promoting, sustaining</li>

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