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How to build a paddle trail in your community. Session II Micro-Level Development February 22, 2006. Community Development. Long term process Sustainability requires Partnerships Deliberate Networking Creative conflict resolution. Community Development. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • How to build a paddle trail in your community

    Session IIMicro-Level DevelopmentFebruary 22, 2006

  • Community DevelopmentLong term processSustainability requiresPartnershipsDeliberate NetworkingCreative conflict resolution

  • Community DevelopmentNo matter how dedicated you are, you can not do this aloneWhy not? FundingLiabilitySupportSustainability

  • ProcessIdeaPublic MeetingSteering CommitteeAsset MappingSWOTPlanTimelineMOUVolunteer recruitmentStart the process

  • IdeaOk fine, I am an individual or small group and I want to build a paddle trail. So, how do I get started?

  • Initial MeetingRequest a meeting with your county/town planner, parks and recreation director, and county Extension director.Why these three?

  • N.C. Cooperative ExtensionIn all 100 counties, plus Cherokee ReservationCounty, State, Federal Government partnershipEducators and Professional FacilitatorsProvides technical assistance to farmers, families, and other landownersAssists with community development

  • County/Town PlannerResponsible for Municipal planning processIs aware of long term planning goalsCoordinates with tax and land records officesUnderstands permitting process

  • Parks & Recreation DirectorManaging parks facilities & recreational programmingNetworked with local conservation groups and recreational clubsAccess to PARTF grant

  • Parks and Recreation Offices Map

  • At the initial meetingDevelop a list of stakeholdersDetermine who should personally contact each stakeholderLocate a facility to hold the public meetingSet a date

  • Potential StakeholdersMunicipal & Elected OfficialsWildlife ResourcesTourism contactsLandownersReal Estate DevelopersCommunity College FacultyReligious & Volunteer Organizations

  • Potential StakeholdersNon-government OrganizationsBusiness OwnersChamber of CommerceCommunity/Economic Development OfficersEmergency ManagementMediaAnd of course, paddlers!

  • Public MeetingArrange date for public meetingPublicize meeting openly and extensively at least 4 weeks prior Can be held in conjunction with other large well publicized event such as municipal strategic plan or SCORP plan

  • Public MeetingProvide the following information to show how different factions can benefit from adding a paddle trail to your community.

  • SCORPState Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

  • SCORPIf the state is going to effectively address its outdoor recreational needs, the commitment must come from within North Carolina.A cooperative effort is needed from all interested agencies, groups, and individuals to build support for quality recreational opportunities and natural resource conservation.

  • Paddle Trail Benefits?Landowners PerspectiveEarn supplemental incomeTeach others about what rural life is really likeCreate jobs for family membersDiversify productsPreserve land and farmland

  • Paddle Trail Benefits Visitor PerspectiveRural is safe and wholesomeRe-connect with nature Desire for non-MTV recreationNatural areas are diminishing as cities and suburbs sprawl (supply decreases, demand increases)Teach kids/ grandkids about rural life/ growing up outside the cityUnique

  • Paddle Trail BenefitsCommunity PerspectiveFabulous mix of Cultural preservation/ celebrationFarm/ open space preservationEducationEconomic developmentRural/ community pride and vitality

  • Paddle Trail BenefitsDevelopers PerspectiveWhy include Real Estate Agents and Developers?Palmetto Bluff

  • Potential Tourism ProductsEXPERIENCES! MEMORIES!Water activities canoeing, kayaking, fishing, huntingCamping/ lodgingGuided educational & eco-friendly tour packagesSpecial events/ festivals

  • NC Tourism Local County ContactsHeritage Tourism Contacts

  • Public MeetingAssess interest in group for planning paddle trailDetermine if there are enough people interested in serving on a steering committee

  • Public MeetingIf not, stop the process!You will have to work on building personal communications with individuals in the community until enough critical mass is reached to make the effort sustainable.

  • Steering Committee ResponsibilitiesIf there is enough interest to proceed:Elect steering committee membersPlan for email/internet updates Schedule at least one physical meeting per month

  • Steering CommitteeResponsibilitiesAsset MappingSWOT AnalysisPlanning ConsiderationsNetworkingStrategic PlanTimelineMOA/MOUVolunteersStarting the process

  • Steering Committee ResponsibilitiesTAKE NOTES! chronicling the process is imperativeSend updates to all people involvedWrite press releases for media/public meetings

  • Asset MappingList all positive features of your communityDetermine how a possible trail could complement those featuresNetwork with the people in charge of those features Involve them in the process

  • SWOT AnalysisStrengthsWeaknessesBe creativeOpportunitiesThreatsBe proactive

  • NOTE!Asset Mapping and SWOT Analysis procedures are very complex!These take many meetings over a series of months/years to develop.Experienced, trained facilitators are required.

  • Planning ConsiderationsBalance with surrounding area Community InvolvementEducational ProgrammingFunding for developmentHealth regulationsInterpretation

  • Planning ConsiderationsLiability/ safetyMarketingStaff/ skillsTaxVisitor/ site-readinessZoning

  • NetworkNetwork in your community/regionSupport local business effortsCross promote with other trailsKeep the tourism/economic/municipal officers and extension personnel informed about your businessSupport your community

  • StrategyDevelop a comprehensive, dynamic planSet goals that areMeasurableSpecificAttainableDetermine responsibilities

  • TimelineMake it RealisticMake it FluidHave Specific Milestones

  • Memorandum of UnderstandingDetermination of which agencies will be responsible for what action.It is not legally binding, but rather serves as clarification.The signing should be a ceremony or event.

  • VolunteersIt takes a great deal of effort to coordinate volunteers and keep momentumRecruit themManage them Nurture themRemember they are not paid!

  • Start the ProcessSmall stepsAttainable goalsMaintain momentumPublicize/Praise effortsCelebrate events

  • What is the very, very last phase in the paddle trail development process??

  • Actually building the trail!

  • The efforts can be worthwhile:

    Michigan Heritage Water Trails

  • Contact InformationEric N CaldwellCounty Extension DirectorTransylvania Countyeric_caldwell@ncsu.eduPhone: (828) 884-3109Fax: (828) 884-3142Mail Address:203 E Morgan StBrevard, NC 28712

  • References

  • Farmers point of viewVisitors point of viewIf you are like me and you like all that touchy feely stuff