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THURSDAY - April 10, 2014

  • 6:00 pm    Reception at the Georgia Museum of Art featuring a group walk to Art on the Trail hosted by UGA Public Health Association, Walton Wellness and Georgia River Network.  Complimentary wine and appetizers.

FRIDAY - April 11, 2014

  • 8:30 am    Registration at Classic Center. Sign up for mobile workshops.
  • 9:30 am    Opening plenary, welcome and explaining the UNconference
  • 10:30 am   Break
  • 10:45 am   Session
    • Julie Smith & Byron Rushing on Silver Comet Trail Economic Impact Study
    • Ryan Gravel on Visioning of Trails in Urban and Rural Environments
    • Ed McBrayer & Pete Pellegrini on The PATH Story – 200 Miles of Trails in 23 Years
  • 12:00 pm    Lunch with keynote speaker Jim Langford, MillionMile Greenway, immediately followed by a group visioning session on the future of Georgia's trails. Sponsored by UGA College of Public Health.
  • 1:30 pm    UNconference conversations - 30-minute sessions on many topics like
    • Hosting trail special events and gamification to engage new audiences
    • All about trail surfaces: mulch, concrete, slate, rock, asphalt, board walks
    • Understanding land trusts and easements as another powerful tool for trail building
    • Overcoming objections to new trails / NIMBYs.  Don't let them stop you!
    • New technologies for determining the best trail routes
    • Trail erosion restoration and public funding
  • 2:30 pm    Break
  • 2:45 pm    UNconference conversations - 30-minute sessions continue
    • Overcoming permitting hurdles in flood plains and wetlands
    • Thematic trails based on history or organic products blending driving, walking and cycling
    • Retrofitting trails into your community
    • Proven economic impact of trails and latest case studies
    • Trails 101:  Best practices for trail planning, design, building and funding
    • The state of water trails and blueways
    • Trail maintenance guide for national and state parks
  • 3:45 pm    Wrap up
  • 4:00 pm    Greenway Heritage Trail hike
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm    Party at New Earth Music Hall.  Great food from Holy Crepe.

SATURDAY - April 12, 2014

  • 8:30 am    Morning wrap-up in Hilton Garden Inn ballroom.  Check-in for mobile workshops.
  • 9:30  am - 12:30 pm   Mobile workshops and tours including
    • Creating a greenway hub, via bike w/Brent Buice
    • Hands-on natural surface trail construction, via foot on Cook's Trail w/Walt Cook
    • Working with gov't to create mountain bike trails, via mountain bike w/Stephen Lush
    • Experiencing river trails, via canoe on the Oconee River w/Gwyneth Moody
    • Athens' urban trails for hard-surface cyclists, via bike w/Tyler Dewey
    • State Botanical Garden of Georgia trail tour, via hike or an optional 5K
    • Possible music history walking tour and Foodie walking tours
  • 1:00 pm   Lunch on your own. Happy Trails home, or stroll on over to the stadium for the annual spring G-Day game at 3:00.


MillionMile Greenway
Northeast Georgia Regional Commission
UGA College of Public Health
Bike! Walk! Northwest Georgia
Lose and Associates
Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission
ALTA Planning + Design
Athens-Clarke County
Broad River Watershed Association
Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association
Firefly Trail
Georgia Canoeing Association
GSU School of Public Health
KAIZEN Collaborative
Mark Ebell and Laura Bierema
PATH Foundation
UGA Office of Sustainability
Georgia River Network
Broad River Outpost
Georgia Department of Economic Development-Tourism Division
Jittery Joe’s Coffee

Experts and Speakers

Bryan Alexander, grant writer
Richard Beck, NBDA
Jim Brown, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Brent Buice, Georgia Bikes!
John Campbell, US Forest Service
Robyn Elliott, Georgia Bicycle Adventures
Dick Field, Retired ACC Greenway Coordinator
Ryan Gravel, Perkins + Will
Bruce Green, Georgia Tourism
Jo Hickson, Coastal Georgia Greenway
Herb Hiller, East Coast Greenway Alliance
Beda Johnson, Georgia Tourism
Jim Langford, MillionMile Greenway
Scott Mackey, Kennesaw Mtn Trail Club
Ed McBrayer, PATH Foundation
Dan MacIntyre, Georgia Canoeing Association
Gwyneth Moody, Georgia River Network
Marcie Moore, Gwinnett County
Kelly Pack, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Pete Pellegrini, PATH Foundation
Dan Popovic, cMEcompete
John Purcell, Cobb County Parks & Rec
Byron Rushing, Atlanta Regional Commission
Oliver Seabolt, ALTA Planning + Design
Julie Smith, TRED, BWNWGA
John Steward, GSU Public Health
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