Recreational trails are often planned along river corridors, through sensitive natural areas and within flood zones. These settings are the backbone of what makes such trails so special. But these conditions can also present challenging issues when planning, designing and building the trails. Planners and Designers often face a sweeping tapestry of issues such as environmental regulation, hazardous conditions, delicate natural features, and even public perception. This session will provide examples and discussion on turning these issues into opportunities that provide a unique trail experience to all users while also maintaining sensitivity to the environment.
In Drew’s 15 years as a designer and landscape architect he has focused on park, trail, and open space planning. Having worked on projects throughout the United States from local urban park developments to state & national parks, Drew has developed a keen knowledge of design principals matched with a real-world understanding of what makes a trail experience a true experience rather than simply a way to get from A to B. Before joining RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture in Austin, Texas, Drew was one of the lead planners for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. While with TPWD, he gained experience developing and updating public use plans, facility development plans, and park master plans for some of Texas’ premier state parks. As a project manager at RVi, Drew has worked on numerous planning projects for trail and parks throughout Central Texas including the Brushy Creek Regional Trail, San Gabriel Park in Georgetown, and McKinney Roughs Nature Preserve in Bastrop.