The Empire State Trail: A Conversation with Lindsay Zefting

By: Lindsay Zefting, Senior Engineering Associate, Alta Planning + Design Empire State Trail map. The Empire State Trail will be the longest multi-use trail in the US. In her own words, hear from Lindsay Zefting, the project manager and one of Alta’s senior engineers working on this groundbreaking project. Q: The Empire State Trail is one […]

4 Trail Trends Explained

By: Britt Storck, Jason Reyes, Laura Hagerman, and Collin Chesston, Alta Planning + Design T rails and greenways are well known for providing active transportation and recreation benefits to communities. But there are other advantages associated to these outdoor spaces. From CPTED to trail economics, these four emerging trends in trails can help inform your […]

3 Strategies to Take your Natural Surface Trail Plan to the Next Level

By: Dave Foster, Senior Design Associate, Alta Planning + Design Natural surface trails serve as valuable recreational amenities for millions of Americans. Hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, trail runners, nature-viewers, and dog-walkers routinely enjoy the physical and mental health benefits provided by natural surface trails. Convenient access to natural surface trails and open space is increasingly […]

What We Learned from Working in the Most Diverse Square Mile in America

By: Kat Maines and Britt Storck, Alta Planning + Design About 11 miles east of Atlanta is a small city of about 13,000 people that is becoming known as “the most diverse square mile in America.” In the 1990s, refugee resettlement programs identified Clarkston, GA as a good fit for displaced individuals of many backgrounds. […]

On the Path to Completion: Rio Grande Trail Master Plan is Approved

By: Jean Crowther, AICP, Senior Planning Associate, Alta Planning + Design In 2015, the New Mexico legislature established a vision for a 500-mile, cross-state, recreational trail for hiking, biking, and horseback riding along the Rio Grande. With the intention of moving the Rio Grande Trail from vision to reality, the State Parks Division hired Alta […]

Wolf River Greenway: Project Update

The trail roughly follows the Wolf River corridor and the majority of the trail will be off-street. By Daniel Ashworth, Design Associate, Alta Planning + Design The current Wolf River Greenway project will provide an additional 21 miles of trail in Memphis, Tennessee. It will connect the existing greenway, which ends at Walnut Grove Road, […]

From Small Town to “Trail Town”

The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 19-mile multiuse trail system in South Carolina that runs along the Reedy River connecting Greenville County with schools, parks, and local businesses. An impact study by the Greenville County Parks and Recreation and Tourism Greenville found that it brought in 125,000 tourists and $6.7 million dollars to the area. […]

Walk Bike Forward with Karen Minkel

#WalkBikeForward: Join us on our journey honoring key moments and people that have shaped our field as we celebrate 20 years of creating active, healthy communities. Karen Minkel is Director of the Home Region Program at the Walton Family Foundation. She was previously Director of Strategic Planning for the city of Fayetteville, Arkansas and a […]

Walk Bike Forward with Chuck Flink

#WalkBikeForward: Join us on our journey honoring key moments and people that have shaped our field as we celebrate 20 years of creating active, healthy communities. Chuck Flink is one of America’s leading greenway designers. He founded and has run North Carolina-based Greenways Inc. since 1986, and is a Senior Advisor to Alta. Milestones on […]