County reps seeking input on trails master plan

LOGAN – Cache County representatives are looking to develop a trails master plan that will serve as a blueprint for connecting the valley’s communities, but are seeking the help of valley residents to do it.

Cache County Trail Planner Dayton Crites said there are individual trail plans – such as the Logan City Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan or the Nibley Trails Master Plan – but there isn’t one that unifies all of them. Developing a plan like that is one of the goals.

He stressed the importance of receiving input.

“You know your backyard a lot better than I know it myself,” Crites said. “So I’m looking to the public to hopefully give me some insight.”

Instead of using a public meeting, county representatives feel it will be more effective to go to where the people will already be. Crites said he and his committee will be showing up with a table and maps at events like Hyrum’s Classic Car Show and the Cache Valley Gardner’s Market to gather feedback. The committee will take the information, digitize it and try to identify the top priorities. Crites said community members will be able to <a href=”” target=”_blank”>voice their opinions online</a> too.

“We have an online survey to tell us more about what types of people are using trails and pathways and what they want to see as top priorities moving forward,” he said. “Boiling all that down, the more input I get, the better.”

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Crites said a trails plan can be just as important as a city’s stormwater infrastructure plan or plan for its growth boundaries. He said a trails plan is most similar to a roads plan.

“When people think of trails they think of a narrow dirt path in the mountains, or a paved pathway for cyclists and joggers,” Crites said. “It is those things, but we’re also looking at this in terms of active transportation, and how can we make sure that if you live in Hyde Park, that you can still ride your bicycle comfortably to North Logan. If you live in Hyrum, how do you ride your bicycle to Nibley?”

The project is being aided by the Trails Cache and the National Park Service.

“Once we have this trails plan in place and is adopted by multiple municipalities and Cache County, it makes applying for grants and funding these things one step easier,” Crites said.

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