• The Avedis Foundation, in June 2014, awarded the City of Shawnee a grant for trail improvements associated with implementation of the Master Trail Plan. The $641,742 grant will be matched with city funding to accomplish projects over the next two fiscal years.
• According to a recent parks assessment done by the city, trails are the most highly requested improvement to Shawnee’s park system. The report’s findings were gathered by Shafer Kline Warren and Dick Horton Consulting from a public meeting, responses from a local survey and from an on-site tour of the park system, James Bryce, director of operations, said.
The trails plan’s objectives are to:
• Incorporate bicycle-friendly and
pedestrian-friendly design and
construction considerations into street
reconstruction or new construction;
• Provide design and construction
specifications for trails and other
facilities that are safe and compatible
with City standards;
• Provide support to and encourage
local businesses to incorporate bicycle
support facilities (parking, drinking
fountains, changing rooms and
showers) and employee incentives to
choose alternative transportation;
• Provide connections between trails and
on-street bikeways and sidewalks;
Provide temporary signage to alert
users of trail construction or detours.
• Explore opportunities for utility trail,
easement trail, rail-to-trail and rail-
• Address individual neighborhood needs
such as access to schools, parks, commercial centers, churches and places of employment;
• Provide public facilities for bicycle and
pedestrian travel such as parking, lock-
ups, and restrooms in appropriate locations.