A combination of perfect South Carolina Lowcountry weather, great speakers and two action-packed days resulted in a well attended and high-impact ECGA Fall Summit in Charleston, SC. More than 100 people from 11 different states participated in the series of events.
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Highlights of the Summit included the Friday bicycle ride to Sullivan’s Island where participants experienced great local greenway segments including the Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River. Friday evening, guests enjoyed a reception and a beautiful sunset at the Maritime Center on the Charleston harbor. On Saturday, attendees heard from speakers including Dr. J. Herman Blake, Acting Executive Director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission and Jean Crow Crowther, Associate at Alta Planning + Design. Presentations and reports from trail staff and state representatives also covered highlights from the East Coast Greenway route from Maine to Florida. A record number of trail designations were also reviewed and approved by the Trail Council including 22 spine trails and 4 complementary trail segments totaling over 50 miles. The annual ECGA meeting also included the approval of new and renewing Board of Trustee members. New candidates elected to join the Board included Brandon Douglass of New York, Ellen Johnson of Pennsylvania and Tom Kaiden of Virginia. Two Board members were also elected to serve an additional term: Anne Maleady of Massachusetts and Larry Silver of Pennsylvania. Attendees were also treated to a 10th anniversary slide show from the inaugural End-to-End Bicycle Tour of the East Coast Greenway held in 2004. Presentation slides (PDF):
- Trail Program Progress Report (Eric Weis, ECGA Trail Program Coordinator)
- Annual Member meeting (slides include Board elections, brief updates on recent organizational and program progress)
- Trail Council Meeting (slides include all trail segments reviewed for Fall designation)
- Building a Trail to Transform your Community (Jean Crow Crowther, Alta Planning + Design)
ECGA Region Updates (presented by ECGA Trail Staff with State representatives)
Media coverage of the Summit:
- East Coast Greenway to bring focus to South Carolina this weekend (Post and Courier)
- Charleston is a Crucial Link to the 2,900-mile East Coast Greenway (CBS Live 5)
- East Coast Greenway officials say Legare Bridge improvements critical to 2,900-mile route (Post and Courier