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TN RTP Presentation 2009


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RTP in TN Presentation given by Bob Richards with TN Trails & Greenways at the 2009 TN Mountain Bike Summit.

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TN RTP Presentation 2009

  1. 1. 12/15/2009 1 The RTP in Tennessee TN Mountain Bike Alliance Summit December 12, 2009
  2. 2. What is a Greenway? A Greenway is: – Linear open space established along a natural or man- made corridor. – Examples: • Riverfront. • Stream valley. • Ridgeline. • Or even overland along a utility or railroad corridor converted for recreational use Greenways for America, by Charles Little, 1990. 12/15/2009 2
  3. 3. TN River Gorge 12/15/2009 3
  4. 4. Richland Creek Greenway Corridor 12/15/2009 4
  5. 5. Six Types of Greenways Urban Riverside (or other body of water) Corridors used for Non Motorized Transportation Recreational greenways featuring paths or trails Ecologically significant natural corridors Scenic and historic routes Comprehensive linear system or network within a city, city/county or region. 12/15/2009 5
  6. 6. Knoxville TN River Greenway 12/15/2009 6
  7. 7. Trails Greenways and trails are not synonymous. Trails differ in that they are primarily pathways. Most Greenway trails are generally constructed of concrete and asphalt and are used by bicyclists and pedestrians. Trails also can have natural surfacing such as soil or mulch. 12/15/2009 7
  8. 8. Richland Creek Greenway Trail Surface (concrete and paved) 12/15/2009 8
  9. 9. Richland Creek Greenway Trailhead 12/15/2009 9
  10. 10. Types of Trails Accessible Trails Water Trails Mountain Bike Trails Nature Trails Equestrian Trails Hiking Trails Walking/Fitness Trails Rails-to-Trails Bicycle Trails Rails-with-Trails Motorized Trails Historic Trails 12/15/2009 10
  11. 11. How to Start a Mountain Bike Trails Project What NOT to Do Identify a trail project on public property without involving and getting approval from the land management agency. 12/15/2009 11
  12. 12. How to Start a Mountain Bike Trails Project (continued) Form a coalition, committee or support group of trail users. Define the trail users Vision for the project Evaluate opportunities and realities – consider costs, political support, ownership, scale of project, operation and maintenance. 12/15/2009 12
  13. 13. How to Start a Mountain Bike Trails Project (continued) Select land that is already publicly owned or easy to acquire without opposition. Evaluate the needs of the area/region this project would impact. Inventory the existing trails at this resource. Identify who will manage and maintain project. 12/15/2009 13
  14. 14. How to Start a Mountain Bike Trails Project (continued) Prepare a Concept Plan and market it to build support and commitment from the trail users and other stakeholders. Seek partnerships, sponsors and grants. If the trail is built, Market it to maximize use. 12/15/2009 14
  15. 15. What’s Next? New Tennessee Greenways and Trails Marketing Plan has been created at the direction of the TDEC Commissioner’s Council on Greenways and Trails. Funding through the Recreational Trails Program has been used to develop the following components.
  16. 16. Tennessee Greenways and Trails Marketing Plan Logo
  17. 17. Tennessee Greenways and Trails Marketing Plan Website:
  18. 18. Tennessee Greenways and Trails Marketing Plan Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) TV – 3 30 second PSA’s Radio – 3 30 second PSA’s
  19. 19. Using GIS GIS – Geographic Information System GIS can be used as a tool for many different functions. Trail design and layout is only one of those functions. GIS has Zoom In and Zoom Out features Take advantage of the information gained from aerial photographs.
  20. 20. Greenway Trails in Tennessee
  21. 21. Using GIS
  22. 22. Using GIS
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  25. 25. Technical Assistance Resources TDEC-Recreation Educational Services Division – Greenways and Trails Program National Park Service’s RTCA Program U. S. Forest Service Tennessee Valley Authority TN State Parks IMBA/SORBA volunteers 12/15/2009 26
  26. 26. Funding Opportunities Local Park and Recreation Fund (LPRF) TDEC administers this program on a 2 year grant cycle to local governments. Can fund land acquisition and recreational trail projects. Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Fund TDEC administers this program on a 2 year grant cycle to government agencies. Can fund land acquisition and recreational trail projects such as equestrian, hiking, mountain biking, along with motorized trails. Also funds trailhead facilities like parking areas, water sources and restrooms. 12/15/2009 27
  27. 27. Funding Opportunities The 2010 RTP provides opportunities to apply for funding of trail projects, trailside and trailhead facilities. The RTP is an 80%/20% grant to match program. Minimum 2010 RTP grant is $8,000 and maximum is $80,000. 12/15/2009 28
  28. 28. Funding Opportunities (continued) Key to receiving a RTP grant is to fill out and submit a great application. See pages 32-33 of the 2010 RTP manual for the needed information and Scoring Criteria. 12/15/2009 29
  29. 29. Funding Opportunities (continued) Mandatory items: A. Project Summary B. Planning Process C. Environmental Protection/ Mitigation/Sustainability D. Management Systems 12/15/2009 30
  30. 30. Funding Opportunities (continued) Scoring Criteria: A. CONNECTIONS (0-30 pts) B. PARTNERSHIPS (0-20 pts) C. VOLUNTEERISM (0-20 pts) D. DIVERSE USE Trails (0-15 pts) E. ON SITE INSPECTION (0-15 pts) TOTAL – 100 points 12/15/2009 31
  31. 31. For more Information Contact Bob Richards Greenways and Trails Program Coordinator 615-532-0753 or Robert .richards@ Contact Mark Stanfill TN State Parks Trails Program 615-574-5176 or 12/15/2009 32