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During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the City of Green River, Wyoming, began construction on the Greenbelt Pathways and Trail System. The goal of the system is to encourage citizens to be physically active while providing an easy and environmentally-friendly way to move about the city with minimal to no contact with vehicular traffic. The trail has been extended each year since its construction, thereby connecting more schools, businesses and neighborhoods. With the use of vacant land that sits atop an underground pipeline, the city is constructing a new pathway that will improve both the functionality and the aesthetics of the land by increasing pedestrian accessibility to several schools and other community destinations.
Because a gas pipeline runs underneath a vacant land area in the city, no buildings can be constructed on top of it. With the approval of $200,000 in Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funds from the Wyoming Department of Transportation and through private donations, the Parks and Recreation Department has begun constructing the Conoco Pipeline Pathway on the once unused land.
To accommodate all users, the path is designed to meet the standards set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act. The path's 10-foot width allows for its easy and safe usage by both pedestrians and bicyclists. Additionally, park benches, garbage receptacles and directional signage will be stationed along the pathway. When complete, the Pathway will extend eight-tenths of a mile along the route of the underground gas pipeline and connect neighborhoods, several schools and a recreational center to the already existing Greenbelt Trails System.
Once complete, the pathway will be a fun and safe way for children to get to and from school, as well as a location for promoting physical activity among the city's residents. Of the $200,000 in federal SRTS funds received to construct the Pathway, $25,000 went to engineering and design costs and $175,000 to pathway construction. The Greenbelt Trail System, of which the Pathway will be a part, was featured in the Best Practices for Trail Systems in the September 2007 issue of P&R magazine, which is the National Recreation and Park Association's monthly publication.
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