1 INGHAM COUNTY TRAILS AND PARKS TASK FORCE MEETING 2 October 22, 2015 Mannik and Smith Group Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance
2 AGENDA FOR TONIGHT 1. Project Approach, Process and Timeframe 2. Public Engagement What we heard so far 3. Task Force Input What are the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of the current regional trails and county parks? What will a quality regional trails network and parks system look like?
3 PROJECT APPROACH + TIMELINE Task 1 Task 2 Task 3 Task 4 Project Initiation Inventory and Analysis What do we have Public Engagement What do we want Regional Trails & Parks Plan Development How do we get there End of July August September 2015 October November 2015 November March 2016
4 PROJECT PROCESS Task 1 Project Initiation Kick-off meeting - July 23, 2015 Collect and review documents, materials and information
5 PROJECT PROCESS Task 2 Inventory & Analysis Review existing and proposed trail plans within and outside Ingham County Establish priority connections and important linkages with adjacent counties Conduct detailed inventory and evaluation of existing multi-use trails pavement, bridges Inventory water trails (access sites) & county park facilities Create base map of existing and proposed non-motorized transportation facilities (supported with stakeholder information) Task Force Meeting 1 September 30, 2015
6 PROJECT PROCESS Task 3 Public Engagement Conduct 6 public meetings throughout Ingham County Oct. 8 Delhi Township, South Lansing Oct. 15 Meridian Township Nov. 10 East Lansing Nov. 12 Downtown, North Lansing Nov. 17 Mason, Leslie, Stockbridge Nov. 18 Williamston and Webberville Conduct online survey to be posted mid-november Task Force Meeting 2 October 22, 2015
7 PROJECT PROCESS Task 4 Regional Trails & Parks Plan Development Finalize regional trails and parks network map Prepare capital improvement plan with cost estimates Prioritize projects by scoring and ranking criteria (Criteria informed by best practices), staff review Present map and recommended priorities at Task Force Meeting 3 (December tbd) Prepare the draft County Regional Trails and Parks Plan document (including summary of inventory & analysis + public input) Include design best practices and available grant funding Present draft plan at Task Force Meeting 4 (February tbd) Discuss, revise and finalize document Present final plan at optional Task Force Meeting 5 (March tbd)
8 PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT 1. Public Preference for Millage Expenditures 2. Public Preference for New Trail Connections
9 PUBLIC MEETINGS OUTCOME SO FAR Delhi Township South Lansing 40 participants Priority Expenditures 1. Routine Maintenance 1, Trail Rehabilitation Regional Trails Local Trails Wayfinding Signage Bathrooms On-road Connections Trail/Road Crossings Property Acquisition Enhance Natural Settings 380 BIG GAP
10 LRT PUBLIC MEETINGS OUTCOME SO FAR DELHI/SOUTH LANSING Delhi Township - South Lansing LRT Northwest 3X E. Lansing to Lake Lansing Park 3X Holt to Mason 14 X Holt to Burchfield Park 10 X
11 PUBLIC MEETINGS OUTCOME SO FAR Meridian Township 50 participants Priority Expenditures 1. Regional Trails Kayak/Canoe Launch Site Development Wayfinding Signage Connections to Neighborhoods, Destinations Open Waterways Enhance Natural Settings Design for Durability & Safety Connecting County Parks to Trail Systems Link to Natural Trail Systems On-road/sidewalk connections 504
12 LRT PUBLIC MEETINGS OUTCOME SO FAR Meridian DELHI/SOUTH LANSING Red Cedar Water Trail 12 X Meridian to Williamston 5X E. Lansing to Lake Lansing Park 19 X Holt to Mason 6X Township
13 Existing Regional Trails
14 Existing Regional Trails + MDOT Region Trail Priorities
16 Proposed Ingham County Regional Trails Network PRELIMINARY
17 MILLAGE EXPENDITURE CATEGORIES 1. New construction 2. Reconstruction 3. Preservation & Repairs 4. Operations & Maintenance 5. County Parks 6. Special Projects (planning grants for smaller municipalities or small grants we can offer to help fund projects. etc.)
18 MILLAGE EXPENDITURE CATEGORIES 1. New Construction 2. Reconstruction/Rehabilitation 3. Preservation & Repairs 4. Operations & Maintenance 5. County Parks 6. Special Projects (planning grants for smaller municipalities or small grants we can offer to help fund projects. etc.)
19 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN Project Raise boardwalk to alleviate flooding issues between Aurelius Road and bridge to the west Lansing Conduct routine annual maintenance for the Lansing River Trail Lansing $ 150,000 Replace bridge under Oakland Avenue Lansing $ 525,000 FLRT's gateway projects at entrances to Lansing River Trail Lansing Replace access stairs on north and south sides a Michigan Avenue Lansing $ 200,000 Expand Maguire Park parking lot Lansing $ 150,000 Replace bridge in Old Town under Grand River Lansing $ 400,000 Pavement repairs in area east of Potter Zoo towards Clippert/Crego Lansing $ 90,000 Bridge repairs in area east of Potter Zoo towards Clippert/Crego Lansing $ 20,000 Replace gabion basket retaining walls in GM Plant area Lansing $ 310,000 Replace planks on bridge over river by Moores Park Lansing Extend trail from Dietrich Park to Tecumseh Park Lansing $ 550,000 Extend trail from Moores Park to Riverside Park Lansing $ 138,000 Replace Boardwalks for entire system Lansing $ 125,000 Stairs and retaining wall at Dietrich Park Lansing $ 100,000 Asphalt repairs Lansing $ 200,000 Dietrich parking lot repairs Lansing $ 85,000 Signage along connecting sections of county wide trails network Lansing $ 200,000 Design + cost from LRT to Bear Lake Lansing $ 115,000 Design and cost to Forest Akers Lansing $ 125,000 Construct Cavanaugh to Spartan Village pathway Lansing 2.25 Miles $ 870,000 Link Fenner to LRT at Mount Hope, Aurelius and Crego Lansing Community Quantity Unit Cost Subtotal Cost Potential Partners Criteria 1 Criteria 2 Criteria 3 Criteria 4 Criteria 5 Total Score Priority/Rank Extend trail along Abbot to connect to Northern Tier Trail Extend trail along Red Cedar River to Hagadorn Road East Lansing East Lansing Extend multi-purpose trail from MSU to Lake Lansing North County Park Meridian Twp $ 5,569,000 Phase 1 - Grand River Ave to Marsh Road including boardwalk in Central park south of Okemos Rd Meridian Twp 10,400 LF $ 1,200,000 Phase 2 - Grand River Ave. to Hagadorn Road along RR ROW and Red Cedar River Meridian Twp 4,300 LF $ 1,049,000 Phase 3 - End of Nemoke Trail along RR ROW to Lake Lansing North County Park Meridian Twp 10,000 LF $ 3,320,000 Provide pedestrian crossing sign light at the intersection of the Interurban Trail with Okemos Road Meridian Twp 1 LS $ 35,000 Extend multi-purpose trail from end of Sycamore Trail to Mason Trail (cost includes easement acquisition, design/engineering & construction oversight) Delhi Twp $ 4,200,000 Extend Ram Trail to Burchfield County Park Delhi Twp $ 1,500,000 School
20 BEST PRACTICES TO INFORM CRITERIA Ingham County Communities with Millages Millage Annual Revenue from Millage Percentage of Total Budget Overall Rounded Department Annual Budget City of Lansing Parks 1 Mil 2015: $8,790,130 Distribution/ Spending Purpose Application Process Supports operation and maintenance of the City's parks and recreation system Meridian Township Park Millage.6667 Mill - $1,573,600 Supports park land acquisition, park development and maintenance Meridian Township Community Services Millage 0.15 Mill $ 52,800 Supports recreation Meridian Pathway Millage Mill $ 443,870 Supports the construction of pedestrian/bicycle pathways Max. Project Amount Eligibility Criteria Application review criteria Michigan County with Millages Genesee County Parks and Recreation - Genesee CountyParks Replacement Millage 0.75 Mill $6,443,358 Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation - Funding of Regional Trail (Border to Border Trail) 0.24 Mill $3,500,000 45% 2015: $14,000,000 $4,000,000 For B2B in last 5 years Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation - Connecting Communities Program - EXPIRED (initiated to allocate funds for building local trails) 0.24 Mill $3,500,000 45% 2015: $14,000,000 St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Mill $2,600,000 93% 2015: $2,800,000 $600,000/yr local distribution Charlevoix County Parks x. Mill No local community Oakland County Parks and Recreation Mill $1,165,895 51% 2014: $22,860,700 distribution Berrien County Parks and Recreation 0.1 Mill $ 450,883 44% 2013: $1,024,700? Saginaw County Parks and Recreation Other Counties Nationwide Mill 2011: $901,869 Construction of new trails in partnership with local communities and Connecting Communities Program other organizations Application $250,000 Governing Boards must approve the submission of an annual local millage distribution request form 25% of millage to Expansion of local parks and local communities recreation opportunities rather than - $685,697 in supplementing existing local funding of 2013 recreation facilities and programs Project must show direct recreational benefit of Charlevoix County residents Yes Supports operations and maintenance of 5 county parks and the Saginaw County Rail Trail outlining how millage funds has been spent Based on population numbers (not SEV) Preference to projects of $10,000 or less Important link, locally cost prohibitive, countywide significance Project need, quality suitability, special considerations, probability of funding from outside groups
21 PLAN GOALS + OBJECTIVES The overall goal of the Ingham County Regional Trails and Parks Plan is to: facilitate the development of an interconnected network of regional multi-use trails by providing maps of current and future regional trail locations and by offering an implementation plan to guide prioritization and selection of trail projects.
22 EXERCISE 1 Let s define our goals! SWOT Exercise What are the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of the current regional trails network and county parks system?
23 EXERCISE 2 Preference for Millage Expenditures 1. What does a high quality regional trail network and county parks system look like? 2. Pick your top ten and weight them from 1 to 99 with 99 being the most critical