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Fairbanks Parks and Rec trails survey seeks community feedback

Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 5:41 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -The Fairbanks North Star Borough’s parks and rec department will be updating their Comprehensive Recreational Trails Plan, and needs community input from anyone who uses the large amount of trails around town. From hikers and ATV riders, to skiers, mushers, and snowmachiners; Bryant Wright, Trails Coordinator with the Parks & Recreation Dept., explained the function of this plan.

“The trail plan helps us prioritize which trails to protect, maintain, and develop throughout the borough. If the community lets us know that there’s a high priority trail or a place they’re trying to get to and from, a trail that everybody uses, we want to know how and why that’s used,” said Wright.

There are a number of ways the community can participate in this planning process. First and foremost, is the trail use survey available on the borough’s website. This quick survey tell the Parks and Rec department how the community is using and interacting with trails.

“The other thing we need is to inventory ideas. Inventory [make note of] issues that people run into on existing trails. So there’s a really great comment map on that website, you can play around on the map, show us which trails you’re using, show us important trails that aren’t in the trail plan now, or tell us issues about trails that are in the trail plan,” said Wright.

This Trails Plan guides the protection and management of important local trails like those, in the Goldstream Valley, in Two Rivers and around Rosie Creek, to name a few.

“We’re trying to accumulate all these ideas so that we can work with the community of trail users and prioritize which trails should end up in this plan,” said Wright.

These online resources will expire this Saturday May 15th. To participate visit www.FNSBtrailsplan.com

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