Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit Schedule

Wednesday, April 1

Downtown Jacksonville

Kick off the 2020 Southeast Greenways and Trails Summit in style by enjoying the Downtown Jacksonville Art Walk. On the first Wednesday of each month from 5-9 PM — rain or shine — more than 15 blocks in Downtown Jacksonville come alive with art, music and more. 

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Downtown Jacksonville Art Walk

Thursday, April 2

Downtown Jacksonville

  • 6:30 AM, Movement Makers (run club with a twist)
  • All-day, Mobile workshops

Bike & Walk: Putnam Trail System and Palatka Trail Town Tour: Participants will benefit from real-world knowledge of trail development during this mobile tour led by Kraig McLane. This mobile workshop will start in west Putnam near Grandin, stop in Palatka Trail Town and conclude in Hastings. The tour is a case study on best practices in trail development projects from a real hands-on and grass-roots level: How to advocate, plan and lead local governments and private sector to success. McLane has advocated and actively worked on the expansion of multipurpose trails since 1987 on projects such as the Withlacoochee State Trail, Lake City to St. Augustine Rail Trail, SJR2CLoop Trail and Putnam County’s Trail Hub and associated trail master plan in 2009.

Vilano Beach Bus Tour: How to Accomplish Greenways and Trails Friendly Economic Development Using Growth Management and Smart Growth Principles: This mobile workshop to Vilano Beach will share how we organized, planned, permitted, rezoned and funded/constructed infrastructure. The tour will let participants see the results of the last 10 years of bringing $100 million in public and private economic development, while keeping Vilano Beach’s 1900s small beach town charm. The tour will visually illustrate the story of award-winning Vilano Beach, a Florida Main Street and Florida Trail Town, as a case study for participants to learn how to accomplish greenway- and trail-friendly economic development in their own neighborhoods and towns. The route to Vilano Beach can include the existing bike lanes on A1A from Ponte Vedra to Vilano Beach, passing the thousands of acres Guana State Park with a national environmental center and Wildlife Management area which includes many existing trails for hikers and cyclists. The tour route from Vilano Beach can include a brief drive through the pedestrian and bike-friendly streets of America’s first town, St. Augustine. Led by Vivian C. Browning and Sallie O'Hara.

  • 9 AM-noon, Mobile workshops 

South Bank Kayak Tour: The tour will begin at St. Johns Marina Boat Ramp and follow the South Bank east underneath the Hart and Mathews Bridges with a stop on Exchange Club Island. Tour will end at the future site of the Arlington River Rowing Center on Cesery Boulevard with an option of touring Norman Studios and joining the afternoon Arlington/South Bank bus tour or returning to downtown on the First Coast Flyer Bus Rapid Transit. Led by Dennis Thompson, Adventure Kayak.

Walk: The Emerald Trail: It Only Took 100 Years: Examine Groundwork Jacksonville’s Emerald Trail project from vision to plan to design and construction. Learn about how we will built a 30-mile trail and restored two urban creeks in under 10 years, working with urban core residents to achieve shared prosperity. The trail will connect 14 urban neighborhoods, Downtown Jacksonville, two creeks and the St. Johns River. It will connect directly to 18 schools, two colleges and 28 parks, with 20 more schools and 21 additional parks within three blocks. Trail components will include neighborhood history, public art, environmental education, nature-based and active recreation, urban farms, green infrastructure. This mobile workshop will include a walk beginning at the Model Project where it will connect with McCoys Creek (Park and Stonewall streets) through LaVilla and connect with the existing S-Line Rail Trail and continue on the S-Line to Boulevard. The Model Project will incorporate multiple trail types, including a two-way cycle track, side path and greenway. Participants will experience a historic African-American neighborhood, a public art project and a biodiversity corridor along the trail. Led by Kay Ehas and Shanell Davis-Bryant.

Walk: Put the START in your STEM: Education Equity, Environmental Awareness, & Greenspace: Walk and Bike Tour of Historic Eastside Jacksonville's Urban Core Neighborhood. Learn about our Urban Youth Bike teams, School Gardens and Educational Enrichment Programs for students living in the Historic Eastside Urban Core and surrounding areas. The tour will highlight Brown Library, Matthew Gilbert Middle School, R.L. Brown Elementary School and A. Philip Randolph Park. This tour will be led by Teena Anderson, an environmental advocate, educator and avid bike rider. Anderson has a background in banking, finance, environmental remediation, urban farming and business development. Largely because of her influence, local communities have greened-up and passed food desert policies, which resulted in funding for underserved communities in desperate need of access to fresh food.

South Bank Bus Tour: Tyrannosaurus Trailhead and Other Local Landmarks: This mobile workshop will follow the route of the East Coast Greenway through the South Bank and Arlington. Participants will board the bus at the St. Johns Marina with South Bank stops at The District, a planned 32-acre mixed-use development focused on healthy living, and a challenging railroad crossing on Nira Street. The tour will continue along the Beach Boulevard Corridor with a stop to visit the Beach & Peach Urban Bike Park and the roadside oddity, Rex the Dinosaur. Heading into Arlington, the next stop will be the site of Jacksonville's newest park commemorating Jacksonville's Gullah Geechee community. The tour will conclude at Norman Studios, a National Landmark and rare vestige of Jacksonville’s days as the “World’s Winter Film Capital” before the film industry moved to Hollywood. Participants will have the option of returning downtown on the First Coast Flyer Bus Rapid Transit or the South Bank kayak tour. Led by Colin Moore, Rita Reagan and Brian Burket.

  • 1-3:30 PM, Mobile workshops

South Bank Kayak Tour: The tour will begin at St. Johns Marina Boat Ramp and follow the South Bank east underneath the Hart and Mathews Bridges with a stop on Exchange Club Island. Tour will end at the future site of the Arlington River Rowing Center on Cesery Boulevard with an option of touring Norman Studios and joining the afternoon Arlington/South Bank bus tour or returning to downtown on the First Coast Flyer Bus Rapid Transit. Led by Dennis Thompson, Adventure Kayak.

Walk: Activating the Jacksonville Riverwalk: Elevating the status and quality of the waterfront experience in Jacksonville is a paramount goal in the City's strategy to create thriving businesses, active public spaces and safe mobility corridors that are accessible, beautiful and inviting. This mobile workshop looks at the City's investment in “activity nodes” with particular attention to the presence and contribution of a new waterfront wayfinding system. These nodes will be an emblematic part of downtown’s waterfront, helping the city with its healthy living agenda and providing active and attractive environments in which to engage the public. The workshop will begin at the North Bank's Corkscrew Park, Jacksonville's first outdoor gym, near the bicycle/pedestrian railroad overpass under the Acosta Bridge. The walking workshop will then proceed to the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts to discuss the transformation of this node into a platform to display the seasonal fluctuations of culture and entertainment that will pull large audiences to the site. Finally, the group will cross the iconic Main Street Bridge to the Friendship Fountain node. Central to Jacksonville’s downtown area, a revitalized Friendship Park is an opportunity to explore and celebrate the essential role of the St. Johns River in shaping Jacksonville’s past, present and future. Led by Jill Enz, Gayandrial “Ivy” Henderson and Eric Miller.

Bike: Gullah Geechee Corridor Youth Ride in Florida: This session will highlight youth and community engagement by providing a special opportunity for youth in Jacksonville to learn the basics of cycling safety and bicycle maintenance. It will be a two-part session with a workshop on Thursday afternoon (3-5 PM) and a bike ride on Saturday morning (8 AM to noon) on Amelia Island bike paths (part of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor) that end at American Beach Museum. The workshop on Thursday will be co-led by BRAG Dream Team Coaches and a local Jacksonville nonprofit organization that provides bicycles to underserved children and adults. Bicycles will be provided to 15-20 middle school and high school age youth who participate in the workshop and those who complete all the tasks will be eligible to participate in the bike ride on Saturday. Led by Atiba Mbiwan, Anita Collins, Fred Hay and Philip Wu. Special note: the Gullah Geechee Youth Bike Tour will begin Saturday, April 4 in Amelia Island, Florida, and will conclude Tuesday, April 7 on Dafuskie Island, S.C. 

Haskell Building (111 Riverside Avenue, on the East Coast Greenway)

  • 5-8:30 PM, Opening reception, poster session and plenary
    • Local to Jacksonville and intersted in attending Thursday's opening session only? Stay tuned for registration information on Thursday-only registration. 
    • 5-6:30 PM, Registration & poster session
    • 6:30 PM, Welcome
    • 6:45-7:45 PM, Opening Plenary: Preservation Project Jacksonville at 20: Activating the Nation's Largest Urban Park
    • 7:45-8 PM, Q&A
    • 8-8:30 PM, Networking
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Daniel Paschall, our Mid-Atlantic coordinator, photographs the mobile workshop group learning about the developing Delaware River Trail at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Greenways and Trails Summit.

Friday, April 3

Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center 

  • 6:30 AM, Movement Makers (run club with a twist)
  • 8 AM, Registration and breakfast
  • 9 AM, Opening keynote: 8 80 Cities Founder Gil Penalosa 
  • 10 AM, Expo hall opens 
  • 10:15 AM, Networking break 
  • 10:45-11:45 AM, Workshop/breakout Round 1
    • Roundtable: West Ashley Greenway & Maryville Bikeway: Implementation and Equity Challenges for Charleston's Premier Trail System, Alta Planning + Design
    • Roundtable: Trail Advocacy Raising a Nonprofit from Conception to Adolescence
    • If You Build It, They will Come: Creating Corridors for People and Wildlife to Flourish, Blue Ridge Conservancy
    • Designing Near Wetlands, Streams, Forests and Other Environmental Resources, Weston & Sampson
    • Environmental Justice Analysis for Active Transportation Planning, HRPTO
    • The James River Park System Master Plan - Connecting Richmond, VHB
  • 11:50 AM, Networking break 
  • Noon, Lunch and special announcements
  • 1:15-2:15 PM, Workshop/breakout Round 2
    • Great Ideas for Greenways: Dreams of Youth on Bikes, BRAG Dream Team
    • Great Ideas for Greenways: Urban Green Education for Environmental Justice (UGE-EJ), ProjectTeena Anderson
    • Great Ideas for Greenways: Bike 5 Cities Wayfinding Master Plan, GAI Consultants
    • Great Ideas for Greenways: The Greenway Imperative: Connecting Communities and Landscapes for a Sustainable Future, Chuck Flink
    • Great Ideas for Greenways: Beyond Trails — Going the extra mile in your community infrastructure, Bike Walk Savannah
    • Great Ideas for Greenways: Connecting with the Health Community: Strategies for Engaging with a Wider Audience, Timucuan Parks Foundation
    • Roundtable: Climate Change: Trails and Transformation, Herb Hiller
    • Trails that Encourage Belonging, Civil Bikes
    • Emerging Technology = Emerging Trail Users: How EBikes and Electric and Autonomous Vehicles are Effecting Trail Development, Alta Planning
    • Why can't we all get along?, Florida Bicycle Association/Becky Afonso
    • The Missing Link - How a Modest Investment in Planning Can Get More Trail on the Ground, Iona Thomas/MacAdams, ECGA Board
  • 2:20 PM, Networking break and snacks 
  • 2:45-3:45 PM, Workshop/breakout Round 3 
    • Roundtable: Active Transportation as a Catalyst for Community Growth, Downtown Vision Inc.
    • Roundtable: Creative Disturbance: Public Art and the Power of Equitable Trails, Pond
    • Equitable Trail Tourism: Advocating for Affordable and "Always Available" Accommodations, Adventure Cycling
    • Helping Communities through Bicycle Tourism, Bike Florida
    • You Can Take That to the Bank: Successful Trail Towns in Florida, DEP/OGT
  • 3:50 PM, Networking break
  • 4-5:00 PM, Workshop/breakout Round 4
    • Great Ideas for Greenways: Centering Equity and Data in Demonstration Projects: A Case Study from Durham, NC, City of Durham
    • Great Ideas for Greenways: The 7 Creeks Partnership - Building Bridges (and Land and Water Trails) in Northeast Jacksonville, COJ
    • Great Ideas for Greenways: Trails Communities in Nassau County - Creating Linear Parks through Trails/Orange Avenue Trail, Nassau County
    • Great Ideas for Greenways: Putnam Trail Case Study, Kraig McLane
    • Great Ideas for Greenways: Leading development of a local ECG trail segment, Phil Scanlan, Friends of Amelia Trail
    • Great Ideas for Greenways: It Takes Much More Than a Village-Developing the ECG Through an Entire County, St. Lucie TPO
    • $6.7 Million to Nothing - A story of regaining SPLOST funding, Friends of Tide to Town Inc./Bike Walk Savannah
    • A Rose By Any Other Name: How to Sell Separation and Identify Unexpected Partnerships, VRUM/Heather Neville
    • Grayways: Industrial Rings as Opportunities for Trail Planning, Alec Spangler
    • Happy Places. Healthy People: Creating Statewide Trail and Active Transportation Visions to Change the Way we Move in the South, Movement South
    • The Devil is in the Details: Tackling the Implementation of Urban Trails, Pond
  • 5:15 PM, Closing

Note: Great Ideas for Greenways will be quick-hitting, 7-minute presentations 

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The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center is a unique venue that offers unconventional beauty in a setting of grand historic architecture with abundant logistical advantages and first class service. The building remains the only southern railroad station in the nation that has been converted into a state-of-the-art convention center. It was originally opened in 1919 as Union Station, the largest railroad station in the South.

Saturday, April 4

Neptune Beach 

  • Attendees can utilize bus rapid transit to participate in an Open Streets event

Throughout the country and the world, cities are hosting “Ciclovia” or “Open Streets” events that allow people to use the largest public space in most cities (streets) for alternative forms of transportation, activity, and events giving participants a unique and active perspective of their city. Streets in unique parts of the city are shut down to automotive traffic for an afternoon or day and opened up to the general public, free of charge, for a safe and fun opportunity to walk, stroll, skate, bike, skateboard, wheelchair, or just hang out.

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Neptune Beach
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