Proposed trail improvements include improving existing trails by:
Filling sidewalk gaps near trailheads to improve connectivity
Improving drainage in low-lying areas
Adding signage and other amenities such as benches at trailheads
Implementing a 911 emergency wayfinding system
Other trail improvements would include growing the trail system and improving connectivity by:
Building new trails in city parks
Filling sidewalk gaps near city parks and proposed community recreation centers to encourage walking and biking to parks and recreation areas
Building a walking/biking loop around the entire city using existing trails and sidewalks and new trail connectors
Why Trail Improvements?
The Strategic Facility Improvement Plan survey showed 70% of households have used trails in the community and 41% said walking and biking trails were the most important parks and recreation facility to their family. A Trail Use Study (PDF) completed in 2016 showed that for 95% of trail users, the trails have helped them increase their level of physical activity.
These trail improvements address the No. 3 priority in the Facility Feasibility Study to "improve availability and condition of community parks, trails and neighborhood parks."