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“Why off-road trails?” 1. Consistent with recommendations within our master plan (MP). Capitalizes on growing interest in off-road cycling and running in the Richmond region. “Trails help humans make sense of a world increasingly dominated by automobiles and pavement”. Pocahontas State Park – Chesterfield, VA ...
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Brandermill Off-Road Trails Proposal PREPARED BY THOMAS FLYNN APRIL 2013

“Why off-road trails?” 1

 Consistent with recommendations within our

master plan (MP)  Capitalizes on growing interest in off-road cycling and running in the Richmond region  “Trails help humans make sense of a world increasingly dominated by automobiles and pavement”

Pocahontas State Park – Chesterfield, VA

Evolution of the off-road trails proposal 2

 According to our MP, there are:  Few opportunities to explore our natural resources  No natural trail surfaces for cycling or running  MP identified Millcrest Park area as a potential site  Multiple site visits and field surveys revealed:  Concerns

related to proximity of county land  Site is relatively isolated from Brandermill  Parking issues – residential area  Significant engineering needs related to wetland issues

Millcrest Park field survey

Solution alternatives – Nuttree & Sunday Parks 3

 Nuttree Park – Listed on MP as an area of interest for innovative

development  

Strengths – Multiple access points; areas suitable for parking Weaknesses – Lacks elevation changes; potential riparian protection constraints; will require significant capital outlay to address erosion protection

 Sunday Park – A hub of community activity  Strengths – Suitable, developed parking; unique elevation characteristics; scenic viewpoints; other park amenities  Weaknesses – Erosion control related to reservoir; high-traffic, high-visibility area in community  Harbour Pointe  Strengths – Relative isolation of area; few adjacent private property owners  Weaknesses – Lacks elevation changes; few areas for parking; cannot be accessed by majority of residents without travelling Hull Street via auto  All potential sites, like most community amenities, carry risks for

non-member access issues

Environmental impact & remediation plans 4

 “Well-designed trails take advantage of natural land

features”  Long-term sustainability relies on using evidencebased trail-building techniques  Trails would be designed with input from county experts and according to industry guidelines  Over-arching goal: Provide a range of trail experiences for users Riding bikes in the woods… Powhite Park

Engaging the community’s stakeholders 5

 Success depends on developing good relationships

with key stakeholders  Those vested in improving the community’s physical environment and access to natural resources  Avert multi-user conflicts through collaborative decision-making  Identify volunteer partnership opportunities with communitybased organizations Nuttree Park field survey

Next steps 6

 Conceptual review & endorsement by Parks, 

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Amenities, & Recreation Committee (PARC) Informal discussions with community stakeholders Formal proposal to MPOC, approvals through appropriate BCA channels Formal community engagement activities Guidance from & collaboration with Chesterfield County parks & recreation resources Detailed project plan (2013) & budget development for BCA FY2014