Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Inc.

Conservation Through Community

(518) 712-9211 |

Postal: PO Box 790, Averill Park, NY 12018

Office: 17 Old Route 66, Averill Park, NY 12018

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Trail Vision Plan


The Rensselaer Plateau Regional Trails Vision will bring all plateau municipalities, landowners, recreation organizations, and the public together to create a vision for a future network of trails. Together, we can address important questions and concerns (landowner rights, liability, trail management and maintenance, etc.), and identify and prioritize opportunities for short-term and longer-term projects that will lead to the realization of the regional trails vision. The Rensselaer Plateau Regional Trails Vision project will be accomplished in two phases. 


Phase I

The RPA will develop a map of all existing public trails across the Rensselaer Plateau, and will manage a public engagement process.  Three Stakeholder meetings will be organized with (1) Town Open Space, Recreation or Environmental Committees, (2) RPA Alliance members, and (3) Business Associations, and will also organize three public meetings.  The public engagement process will aim to: address the many questions about the development of trails on public and private land, generate additional ideas, and refine the Regional Trails Vision. Public meetings will start in Fall 2014. Make sure you keep informed by signing up for our Email List.  A final report will be developed which will summarize results of the public process, and will provide a conceptual draft vision and a map of all known existing publicly accessible trails on the Plateau.


Phase II

Phase II, which is contingent upon funding, will allow for the development of a Trail Vision Plan.  This Plan would illustrate the envisioned future trail network (including alternatives as appropriate).  The plan will utilize graphics and photos to help convey the potential of this network as a recreational and economic asset to the Plateau and the region.  Next steps would be identified and prioritized, and details about how the project would be accomplished, including responsibilities, partnerships and sources of funding, would be included.  This document would be distributed widely to inspire action by communities and organizations across the Plateau.


Phase 1 Trail Vision Report pdf

Rensselaer Plateau Regional Trail Vision
Phase 1 Report - Sept 2015

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