Piedmont Legacy Trails is Connecting Communities in the Region
Kernersville, N.C., Feb. 22, 2019 – Piedmont Legacy Trails, a project to brand the region as a trails destination, is excited to announce the fourth annual Piedmont Legacy Trails Summit will be held March 15, at the Salem Lake Marina Center in Winston Salem. The summit will offer informative presentations relating to regional trail collaboration, urban and rural trail planning, trail funding and the official launch of the new interactive Piedmont Legacy Trails Map. The event will conclude with a guided group bike ride on the Salem Lake Trail. Piedmont Legacy Trails is thrilled to offer the opportunity to connect trail supporters, community members, elected officials and professional planners from all areas of the region. Purchase tickets at https://bit.ly/2BH2YmT.
Registration is now open for the Piedmont Legacy Trails Summit
The Piedmont Legacy Trails Summit will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will include seven presentations from trail professionals. Keynote speaker Mayor Blake Sanders, the catalyst who attracted over $2 million in public and private economic development by implementing trail plans in the small town of West Pelzer, South Carolina, will present the positive and transformative effects of trails on rural communities.
“This summit will energize the region to look at their communities as trail destinations, opening the floor for interactive discussions on how trails can be incorporated to provide economic, health, and environmental benefits.” said Palmer McIntyre, Conservation Planner for Piedmont Land Conservancy.
An optional seven-mile group bike ride or walk on the Salem Lake trail will wrap up the day. Attendees can bring their own bikes or reserve a free bike share bike when they register for the summit. “The program will provide inspiring insight to completed trail plans and an opportunity to experience a great trail in our region. Additionally, we will strengthen regional relationships by empowering communities to plan for new trails.” said Jesse Day, Regional Planning Director for Piedmont Triad Regional Council.
About Piedmont Legacy Trails: Piedmont Legacy Trails is an ongoing project to promote trails and connectivity to help brand the Piedmont Triad as a trails destination. Piedmont Legacy Trails provides technical assistance, education, and resource support for trail projects in the Piedmont Triad region. The Piedmont Land Conservancy and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council along with representatives from regional counties collaborated to establish Piedmont Legacy Trails in 2016. Please visit www.piedmonttrails.org.
About Piedmont Land Conservancy (PLC): Piedmont Land Conservancy is a non-profit land conservation organization dedicated to protecting our region’s natural lands, farms and waters for present and future generations. Serving Alamance, Caswell, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties since 1990, PLC has protected more than 26,000 acres.
About the Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC): Since 1962, the Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC) has partnered with the local leaders of the Piedmont Triad region to implement creative regional solutions. The PTRC provides services in five departments including aging services, criminal justice, economic development, housing services regional planning and workforce development. The Piedmont Triad Regional Council serves 74 member governments in a 12-county region. For more information, please visit www.ptrc.org.