Champ can trail action plan ppt


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The Champlain Canalway Trail Action Plan has the goal to: Complete and promote an attractive and continuous route for the Champlain Canalway Trail from Waterford to Whitehall, including: historic towpaths; community attractions; on-street bicycle routes; and integrated as part of a regional trail network.

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Champ can trail action plan ppt

  1. 1. Champlain Canalway Trail Action Plan A Guide for Communities
  2. 2. The Canalway Trail System <ul><li>Erie </li></ul><ul><li>Champlain </li></ul><ul><li>Oswego </li></ul><ul><li>Cayuga-Seneca </li></ul>
  3. 3. Champlain Canalway Trail Working Group <ul><li>Lakes to Locks Passage </li></ul><ul><li>Town of Halfmoon </li></ul><ul><li>Town of Fort Edward </li></ul><ul><li>Hudson Crossing Park Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Saratoga County Snowmobile Assn </li></ul><ul><li>Washington County Assn of Snowmobile Clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Washington County Planning Dept </li></ul><ul><li>Warren County Planning Dept </li></ul><ul><li>Saratoga PLAN </li></ul><ul><li>Saratoga National Historical Park </li></ul><ul><li>Agricultural Stewardship Assn </li></ul><ul><li>NYS Canal Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>Hudson River Valley Greenway </li></ul><ul><li>Parks & Trails New York </li></ul><ul><li>NYS Dept of Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Adirondack / Glens Falls Transportation Council </li></ul><ul><li>Feeder Canal Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor </li></ul>Assistance provided by the National Park Service Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program
  4. 4. Our Goal: <ul><li>Complete and promote an attractive and continuous route for the Champlain Canalway Trail from Waterford to Whitehall, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>historic towpaths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>community attractions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>on-street bicycle routes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>part of a regional trail network </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Our Approach: <ul><li>Local trail “open house” workshops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify issues & opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find ways communities can capture trail benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define trail route(s) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Bicycles Bring Business” workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Champlain Canalway Trail “Action Plan” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local and regional action </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exploring ways to raise the profile of the trail </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Events & promotions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Encouraging local Canalway Trail projects </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why an action plan & why now? <ul><li>Take advantage of opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Locally-driven; “help ourselves” </li></ul><ul><li>Identify ways to work together </li></ul>
  7. 7. What are potential trail benefits in your community? Alternative transportation Better health Close-to-home recreation Trail events Bicycle tourism Fishing & boating access Link business to historic sites & other attractions Trailside art Boost real estate values Attract visitor spending to our communities Outdoor experiences for kids Safe routes to schools Walkable communities Local or regional trail & canal festival Snowmobiles bring business Preserve historic features
  8. 8. Trail Studies in New York <ul><li>Economic benefits to communities </li></ul><ul><li>Trail user surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Property owners’ attitudes </li></ul><ul><li>Impacts on real estate </li></ul><ul><li>Trail safety </li></ul>
  9. 9. Trail Marketing in New York <ul><li>Erie Canal Cycling guide </li></ul><ul><li>Inn-to-Inn Touring </li></ul><ul><li>3-day Tours </li></ul><ul><li>Champlain Bikeways </li></ul>
  10. 10. State of the Trail <ul><li>71 miles total: </li></ul><ul><li>17 miles open today </li></ul><ul><li>14 miles planned or in construction </li></ul><ul><li>14 miles defined but not pieced together </li></ul><ul><li>26 miles – trail route undefined </li></ul>
  11. 11. Existing & Planned Trail Segments <ul><li>Whitehall </li></ul><ul><li>Fort Ann to Ft Edward </li></ul><ul><li>Glens Falls Feeder Canal Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Schuylerville </li></ul><ul><li>Saratoga NHP / Town </li></ul><ul><li>Stillwater </li></ul><ul><li>Halfmoon </li></ul><ul><li>Waterford </li></ul>
  12. 12. Regional & Connecting Trails <ul><li>Lake Champlain Bikeways </li></ul><ul><li>Feeder Canal Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Warren County Bikeway </li></ul><ul><li>Snowmobile Trails </li></ul><ul><li>Zim Smith Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Delaware Ave Trail </li></ul><ul><li>HRV Greenway Trail </li></ul>
  13. 13. What is in the Action Plan? <ul><li>Vision for the Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Trail Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>General recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Local maps & recommendations </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Vision: a World - Class Recreational Trail <ul><li>Destination Quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comparable to Erie Canalway Trail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Off-road where possible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared use </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Serve local communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Link business districts, parks, historic sites, neighborhoods… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Locally-driven </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Economic Benefits of Trails <ul><li>Local spending by day users: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Average $3 - $11 / day </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Total benefits to host communities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$1.2 - $1.9 million / year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$200k - $600k / year in new money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Erie Canalway Trail: $28m / year </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Property values: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>0% - 6% increase near the trail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier sales </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Other Benefits of Trails <ul><li>Healthy physical activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Close to home / families </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transportation / livability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Walkable & bike-friendly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safe Routes to Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>History & community identity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preserve & link historic sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect us with our story </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. General Recommendations <ul><li>Act locally / coordinate regionally </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support locally-based trail projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish regional linkages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote consistent, high standards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Activate” and promote the trail </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trail-related events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bicycle tourism </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enhance accommodations & Canal / trail linkages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared facilities (water trail camping at locks) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pedestrian & bicycle - friendly practices </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Local Recommendations <ul><li>Short sections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 to 3 miles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Existing conditions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Key features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anchors & linkages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Preferred & alternative routes </li></ul><ul><li>Suggested actions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key considerations </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Possible within 1 – 3 years: <ul><li>Local and regional events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clean Sweep, Canal Splash & GHR Paddle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Trails Day, HRV Ramble </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstration “signature” trail event </li></ul></ul><ul><li>On-road bike route linkages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>River Rd / Fort Miller </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Complete trail sections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Schuylerville to Lock 5 Island </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fort Ann to Kingsbury </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Waterford to Halfmoon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dix Bridge </li></ul>
  20. 20. Within 3 – 10 years: <ul><li>Promote trail tourism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trail tourism itineraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-line marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expand services for trail users </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Complete more trail linkages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Within communities, business districts, waterfronts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special planning studies for key trail “gap” areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional loops & linkages with other trails (Zim Smith, snowmobile trails, others) </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Future Funding <ul><li>Transportation Enhancements (NYS-DOT) </li></ul><ul><li>NYS Environmental Protection Fund (NYS-OPRHP) </li></ul><ul><li>Recreational Trails Fund (NYS-OPRHP) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to $200,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Challenge Cost Share grants (NPS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Designated National Trails and RTCA-assisted rail-trails </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to $10,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hudson River Greenway Trails grants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to $5,000 </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Next Steps: <ul><li>Coordinate regionally </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Canalway Trail Assn NY (CTANY) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding & mutual support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outreach to communities & groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage & support local projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance the trail’s profile (web, events) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Seek near-term successes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On-the-ground success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optimize benefits to communities </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Let’s Go
  24. 24. Champlain Canalway Trail Action Plan A Guide for Communities Find us on the web: or invite us to your community to share the Action Plan