2013 Tennessee Greenways & Trails Forum



Full Registration Fee: * $75.00

($100.00 after April 6, 2013)

Student Rate: $25.00


All events will be held at or originate from Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, TN.

Hotel Information:

Montgomery Bell State Park Inn

$77.00 + tax

1000 Hotel Avenue, Burns, TN 37029

Phone Number: 615-797-3101

Be sure to mention Group # 6299, TN Greenways & Trails when making your reservations. Deadline to reserve rooms is Monday, March 25.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm     Registration (Board Room)

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm       Workshop and Field Trips

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm       Networking Event

Thursday, April 25, 2013

8:00 am - 10:00 am     Registration (Board Room)

8:30 am - 11:45 am     Educational Sessions

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm     Lunch & Keynote Speaker

2:00 pm - 5:15 pm       Educational Sessions

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm       Dinner & Networking Event

Friday, April 26, 2013

8:15 am - 9:30 am       Featured Speaker

10:00 am - 12:30 pm  Education Sessions

Thanks to our Platinum Level Sponsor:

Gold Level Sponsorship: Lose and Associates, IN

April 24-26, 2013 ~ Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns TN

The 2013 Tennessee Greenways and Trails Forum is a three-day educational workshop and your best opportunity to network with parks and recreation professionals and administrators in the state.  Learn the latest trends in greenways and trails, make new contacts and strengthen existing relationships.  We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities and show your support for greenways and trails in Tennessee!

"Charles Flink to be featured as Keynote Speaker...

Chuck FlinkCharles A. "Chuck" Flink is President of Alta/Greenways a national greenway and non-motorized transportation planning firm, headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Flink heads up the Durham, North Carolina office. Chuck is widely regarded as one of the nation's leading greenway planners having completed comprehensive greenway and open space plans for more than 225 communities within 35 States. He has also provided consulting services to clients in Argentina, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Japan and St. Croix, USVI. In 2003, Chuck was elected a Fellow in the American Society of of Landscape Architects in recognition of his extraordinary work and achievement in landscape architecture. He is the 2006 Outstanding Alumnus for the College of Design at NC State University. "Greenways. A Guide to Planning, Design and Development", and "Trails for the Twenty First Century". Both publications have been cited by the American Planning Association as the "best reference" on the creation of trails and greenways.

Carol Evans to be featured speaker ...

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Carol Evans is the Executive Director of Legacy Parks Foundation.

Carol brings over 20 years experience in marketing, public relations and event management to the leadership position of the Legacy Parks Foundation. Carol’s prior experience includes establishing corporate marketing initiatives for the Scripps Networks and developing marketing and fundraising campaigns for multiple clients while with several public relations firms. Carol served as the first marketing director for the UT Lady Vols. During her tenure the program set national attendance records in several sports, including basketball. She led the marketing and communications efforts of the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership and the Dogwood Arts Festival. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Science in Education from the University of Tennessee.


This year’s forum theme is “Walk, Ride and Float! What's Your Favorie Trail Type?".”  Forum sessions will highlight the impact of greenways and trails in our communities and discuss their role in uniting our citizens, improving health and combating obesity, promote economic development and tourism, provide alternative transportation opportunities and connecting people to nature.

* Session Topics & Speakers:

Chuck Flink and Greg Maxted - What is a Greenprint and How to Use it to Make Connections in Memphis

Lindsay Smart, Brittain Storck, and Paula Larson - Rails to Trails: How to get a Trail Built!

Candi Rawlins and Dr. Richard Canada - Tennessee One Stop for Recreation and Successes in Fighting Obesity

David Tuch - Beer + Greenways = Public/Private Partnership

Don Kostelec - Health Impact Assessments: Changing Community Conversations about Greenways, Blueways and Trails  

Brian Hann - Building Trails and Trail Patrols

Carol Evans and Brian Hann - Create the VISION and Leverage Public and Private $$

Jane Polansky - The National Water Trails Initiative and How to Create YOUR Blueway.

Neil Hansen, Diana Benedict and Bob Richards - Transportation Alternatives, Safe Routes to Schools, Recreational Trails Program 


  * Speakers and topics subject to change


Thank you to our Host:

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Montgomery Bell State Park

Thank you to our Silver Level Sponsors:

MidSouth RecreationBronze Level Sponsorship: City of Jackson Parks and Recreation

Thank you to our Bronze Level Sponsor:

GSMRGC LogoBronze Level Sponsorship: Mississippi River Corridor

For more information about the TN Greenways & Trails Forum::

April Johnson , PARTAS Manager (865-594-2144) and  Bob Richards, Greenways & Trails Coordinator
TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation - Recreation Educational Services 

Sponsorship Opportunities are still available!