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«Countywide Park Trails Plan THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION Montgomery County Department of Parks Park Planning and ...»

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b. Rutting, impairment of trail drainage, breakdown of trail shoulders, and other forms of damage not correctable using the Department of Park and Planning Trail maintenance standards and techniques.

c. Significant disturbance of plants or animals or their habitat.

d. Damage to archaeological, historical, or other significant resources, including rare natural features of interest for nature interpretation or scientific study.

e. Danger to the safety of equestrians, bicyclists or other trail users because of a horses gait, bicycle’s speed, steep grades, steep terrain, sharp curves, slippery or unstable trail surfaces or limited visibility.

f. Significant displacement of other natural surface trail users. If significant user conflicts arise, the issue of how best to accommodate different trail user groups will have to be explored.

There are many approaches to signing, maintaining and managing trails that help promote successful

shared use trails. The approaches listed below are some examples:

a. Employ natural and/or artificial design features that restrict the speed of equestrians and bicyclists without posing an undue impediment to hikers.

b. Employ design features that enhance sight distance.

c. Employ design features that minimize trail erosion, e.g., proper grades, turn radii, tread hardening, and drainage control.

d. Use wide or pull-off sections to facilitate slowdowns or safe passing.

e. Walk horses and bicycles in certain areas.

f. Establish and maintain “one-way-only” trail sections.

g. Recommend speed limits.

h. Restrict use by time of day, day of week, week of month or month of year.

i. Restrict use by season (e.g., to protect soils or breeding birds).

j. Separate different types of trail users at trail heads and congested areas.

k. Establish and enforce party size limits.

l. Allow use by permit only m. Install barriers to prevent leaving trails. Block and obliterate (through site restoration) unauthorized trails n. Monitor and maintain trails on a regular and routine basis.

o. Establish and maintain informational kiosks at trail heads.

p. Produce and disseminate accurate, up-to-date trail maps.

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q. Establish and maintain an effective system of signs on natural surface trails.

Description of Trail Assessment Study When a Trail Corridor Plan identifies a preliminary alignment and recommends a shared use trail use category for a natural surface trail, further work is done by staff to designate a final alignment. Trail Assessment studies rely heavily on environmental analysis, field walks with park region staff, Park Development and Design staff, staff horticulturists and forest ecologists, natural resource specialists and park managers to assure a proposed trail is sustainable from both an environmental and recreational perspective.

Illustration of natural surface trail clearance guidelines.

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Appendix E (From the 1998 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan (PROS Plan) Park Accessibility Goals and Objectives for Disabled Individuals In the planning, construction, and renovation of buildings and facilities, as well as the provision of programs and services to the public, it is the policy of the Montgomery County Department of Parks to provide accessibility for all park visitors, consistent with the obligation to conserve park resources and preserve the quality of the park experience for everyone.

Recognizing the diversity of disabling conditions and that citizens with disabilities desire opportunities for recreational and leisure activities, the Department of Parks has developed a park accessibility

program. This program is designed to assist in:

Obtaining input on recreational needs from people with disabilities Ensuring that all future park development will be designed with the needs of people with disabilities in mind Analyzing existing barriers within the parks Funding of future accessibility projects Dissemination of this information to the public Accessibility Goals and Objectives

1. To comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

2. To increase utilization of Montgomery County Parks by persons with disabilities.

3. To ensure that all employees are adequately trained with substantive content to be more aware and sensitive to the variety of disabilities and the differing needs, and abilities and limitations of these conditions.

4. To ensure that the Department of Parks utilizes Accessibility Standards and Guidelines which comply with federal standards and obtain technical assistance from county, state and federal offices.

5. To ensure the review of appropriate site plans for existing parks proposed for modification and proposed new park development to determine if goals are met.

6. To assist the Community Relations office to outreach to people with disabilities through an effective publicity campaign.

Implementation of Accessibility Goals

To implement the park accessibility goals it is recommended that:

7. All park facilities are surveyed in order to comply with the requirements of the ADA. The focus should be on parking, sitting areas, level access paths, signage and restrooms.

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8. Accessible facilities are provided in each region of the county to ensure convenient access to persons with disabilities.

9. New playgrounds are sited and designed for accessibility, distributed throughout the county and located in parks where they are likely to receive the most use.

10. All Department of Parks programs are modified to provide programmatic access.

11. Information is made available to the public on the location of accessible park facilities and programs.

12. Park publications are reviewed to assure the inclusion of appropriate material on accessibility, and that press releases and public announcements include pertinent accessibility information.

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Appendix F List of Master Plans providing guidance to the Countywide Park Trails Plan Originally amended and adopted in July 1998, the Countywide Park Trails Plan was amended in March 2004 and again in September 2008 to reflect guidance directed from the following Master Plans:

Community Master Plans 2001 Kemp Mill Park Analysis http://mcparkandplanning.org/community/plan_areas/eastern_county/master_plans/kem pmill_aa/kempmill_toc.shtm) 1982/1985/2006 - Damascus Master Plan Park and Trail Recommendations http://mcparkandplanning.org/damascus/index.shtm 2005 Olney Master Plan Park and Trail Recommendations http://mcparkandplanning.org/community/plan_areas/georgia_avenue/master_plans/olne y/april_2005_approved_adopted/index.shtm 1999 - Greenways: Clarksburg Master Plan http://www.mcparkandplanning.org/community/plan_areas/rural_area/master_plans/clar ksburg/toc_clark.shtm Park and Trail Master Plans The Plans listed are available online at: www.ParkPlanning.org 2000 - Lois Y. Green Conservation Park Master Plan 2002 - Muddy Branch Trail Corridor Plan 2005 - Rachel Carson Trail Corridor Plan 2007 - Little Bennett Regional Park Master Plan 2008 - Upper Rock Creek Trail Corridor Plan 2002/2004 – Woodstock Equestrian Park Master Plan 2003 - Blockhouse Point Conservation Park Master Plan

APPENDICES – COUNTYWIDE PARK TRAILS PLAN 2004 UPDATE

COUNTYWIDE PARK TRAILS PLAN

as amended and updated through 2008 The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission

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