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OUR ONE-PAGE HANDOUT

Downloadable and shareable PDF handout on the Allegheny Green Web.

 

ALLEGHENY PLACES: PARKS, OPEN SPACE, & GREENWAYS PLAN

Allegheny County Comprehensive Plan

The Allegheny Green Web initiative is aiming to help implement this component of Allegheny Places (www.alleghenyplaces.com), and further build on it.

ACTIVE ALLEGHENY GRANT PROGRAM

Allegheny County

Financial assistance for municipalities and councils of governments to develop community plans and design transportation projects that will, when implemented, provide 1) bicycle and pedestrian connections to important local destinations and transportation systems, and 2) increase residents’ opportunities for physical activity.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY GIS VIEWER

Free ArcGIS Access

View many ArcGIS mapping layers of Allegheny County for free, including property ownership parcels. Understanding property ownership along a conceptual trail and green space corridor is one of the first steps to understanding a conceptual project's feasibility.

PENNSYLVANIA’S TRAIL NETWORK STRATEGY AND MAJOR GREENWAYS

DCNR

DCNR has released the 2020-2024 Trail Plan, which covers goals and recommendations for development of a statewide network of greenways and trails. On this page, also view PA’s Priority Trail Gaps map, and other trail resources on the sidebar, including “Pennsylvania Trail Design and Development Principles: Guidelines for Sustainable Non-Motorized Trails.”

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION RESOURCE CENTER

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission

SPC's web-based toolkit is a central clearinghouse ​​for the latest information on active transportation. Resources include information on programs that support biking and walking, potential funding opportunities, design guidelines, and more. You can also view SPC’s Water Resource Center here, and their Open Data ArcGIS Hub here.

CONSERVATIONTOOLS.ORG LIBRARY

WeConservePA

This library compiles relevant trail and greenway documents, including the “Pennsylvania Trail Design and Development Principles: Guidelines for Sustainable Non-Motorized Trails” by DCNR. WeConservePA is the new name for the Pennsylvania Land Trust Alliance. Find additional trail and greenway resources from WeConservePA, here.

TRAIL RESOURCE LIBRARY

American Trails

Trail resources pertaining to advocacy, funding, planning and design, trail construction and maintenance, and management.

TRAIL RESOURCES

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has resources for the trail community including technical tips, best practices, and webinars.

CONSERVATION OPTIONS & BENEFITS FOR LANDOWNERS

DCNR/Penn State Extension, Hollow Oak Land Trust, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and Allegheny Land Trust

Learn about the many options for landowners to conserve their land in Allegheny County, and the many financial benefits of doing so, via the below linked document, as well as here, here, and here.

SIMILAR PLANNING IN OTHER REGIONS

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's "TrailNation"

On their web page, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy highlights many examples of regional trail and greenway coalitions across the nation, and their work. This includes the large-scale, four state (Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia) effort of the Industrial Heartlands Trail Coalition, which includes Allegheny County, PA. To visit the IHTC website directly, go to www.ihearttrails.org.

HOW TO IMPLEMENT CONNECTIONS

Implementing Connections Diagram

This slide, developed by the Allegheny Green Web for our municipal engagement planning workshops, will walk you through the common steps taken, to go from a new trail idea, to an implemented and maintained connection.

FUNDING FOR CONNECTIONS

Common Funding Opportunities Short List

This slide, developed by the Allegheny Green Web for our municipal engagement planning workshops, lists the most commonly sought-after funding sources for trails and green space connections in our region.

 

PUBLIC TRAILS & GREEN SPACE CONNECTIONS

What they are, terminology, and benefits

 
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WHAT ARE THEY?

Public parks, open spaces, and conservation lands, oh my! These are some of the most common terms used for public green space places and destinations. The Allegheny Green Web's vision is to interconnect these places together, in Allegheny County, through public trail and green space connections.


Public trails are paths used for walking, hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, horseback riding and other forms of recreation or transportation, that are open to the public.

Greenways (or "green space connections", as a less technical term) are corridors of protected open space managed for conservation and recreation purposes, linking people, parks, and other places.


Often, if there is an off-road, multi-use trail, it is complemented by a surrounding greenway.

THEIR BENEFITS

The benefits and return on investment (ROI) of public trails and green space connections are profound:

Mobility options for residents, workers, and visitors between home, work, shopping, and more

Outdoor recreation options for residents and visitors

Increase in property values and consumer spending nearby

Development catalyzes nearby

Environmental protection of land, water, air, and wildlife

Protection of heritage and natural beauty

Reduces flooding and landslides

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Allegheny Green Web Coalition

Pittsburgh, PA  

Alleghenygreenweb@gmail.com

The Allegheny Green Web is an all-volunteer led coalition in Allegheny County, PA. Our current volunteer coordinating AGW Partner is the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Please reach out via email or our contact form, and our volunteer coordinating partner will be in touch shortly.

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