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Urban Trail Workshops


Registrants may attend Friday, Saturday or both workshops. Registration for in-person content is limited to 24 people; masks and social distancing will be required.



Inclusive Trails: Planning from the Ground Up

June 11, 2021 9:00AM – 3:00PM | Virtual/In-Person

Classroom location: The Bloomfield Garfield Corporation, 113 N Pacific Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. MAP IT.

This workshop will introduce key concepts necessary for strategic trail planning and management of pedestrian trails and shared-use pathways in urban settings. Urban trails that are fully conceptualized and well-planned, through dynamic community engagement, diverse partnerships and creative planning provide linear environmental opportunities for community sustainability. A successful planning process begins with early development of shared ownership and management, project funding and phasing. The Garfield Green Zone Trail project will serve as the core project sample for study; however, participants will be given the opportunity to begin addressing these concepts as related to their own community projects.

9:00AM – 10:30AM | Inclusive Planning and Universal Design for Trails & Shared-Use Pathways (90 minutes)
Presenter: Larry Knutson, Penn Trails

11:00AM – Noon | Steps to Develop BMPs for Your Trail Project (60 minutes)
Presenters: Larry Knutson & Sarah Walter, Penn Trails

1:00PM – 3:00PM | Creating Community Around Urban Trails (2 hours)

a) Strategies to Acquire Land & Easements for Trails
*Richard Scwartz, Executive Director Bloomfield Garfield Corporation; *Representative, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy; *Representative, Allegheny Land Trust

b) Creating a Field Based Conceptual Plan and Budget for a Green Zone Trail
Larry Knutson & Sarah Walter, Penn Trails

c) Funding Sources and Strategies for Urban PA Trails
Porchea Andrews, Bloomfield Garfield Corporation


Construction and Maintenance of Urban Trails

June 12, 2021 9:00AM – 4:00PM | In-Person

Site Location: The cross of Evaline Street and Brown Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. MAP IT.

This workshop provides participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to begin basic hand construction of natural surface pedestrian trails that have been previously designed and laid out for such construction.  Participants will leave with the skills to lead and train volunteer land stewards in covered techniques on their own sites.

Part 1: Understanding Basic Trail Layout, Hand Construction Process, and Materials (Classroom, 60 minutes)
Part 2: Tail Gate Review of Project (Onsite, 30 minutes)
Part 3: Basic Trail Rough Out (Onsite, 2.5 hours)
Part 4: Basic Trail Tread Finishing Construction Techniques (Onsite, 2 hours)
Part 5: Wrap up and Q&A (Classroom, 30 minutes)


Available Lodging:

Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty
123 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
1 412.665.0555 | MAP IT

Hyatt House Pittsburgh/Bloomfield-Shadyside
5335 Baum Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
1 412.621.9900 | MAP IT


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Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation
113 N. Pacific Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224 United States