By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer

On Aug. 20, the Greenspace Commission (GSC) held a meeting to discuss a presentation of the GSC’s Founder’s Trail Network Study, which will be presented to the Madison Mayor and City Councils’ work session on Sept. 23.

The Founder’s Trail Network Study is a plan outlining the construction of eight interconnected trails, which would involve a total length of more than 10 miles in downtown Madison, only 5.4 of which would actually need to be constructed. The remainder would be made up of existing right of ways.

The study does not give an estimated cost for the project, but notes that “Over the next 5-7 years, a minimum of $550,000 should be available for the purchase of property and easements and to use as leverage to secure grants and donations.”

The study, in its fourth draft as of the Sept. 23 meeting, describes each of the eight trails in detail and outlines the historic significance of the area each covers.

A master map, showing the connections between the trails, is also included in the study and will play a key role in the presentation that will go before the council. A large-scale version of the master map will be available for inspection, so that a better idea of the extent of the trail system may be ascertained.

During the meeting, the commission members pored over the document, highlighting several tweaks that needed to be made before the presentation.

Members also noted that the lines on the map that indicate the trail routes are only approximate at this point in the development of the study.

“The primary audience of this document is not the user at this stage,” said David Land, chair of the GSC, stating that the study is currently geared towards explaining the general nature of the project to the City Council.

A committee of GSC members will plan the presentation, which will last between approximately 10 and 12 minutes, during the next few weeks, but the entire commission will have a chance to view it during their next meeting, which will take place before the City Council presentation.

The GSC will hold their everGREEN awards ceremony on Oct. 24 this year. The commission will work out the categories and nominees for the awards during their September meeting, and then will vote for the recipients following nomination. The location of the awards ceremony has not yet been decided.

Happy Trails to You The Founder’s Trail Network Study is a plan outlining the construction of eight interconnected trails, which would involve a total length of more than 10 miles in downtown Madison, only 5.4 of which would actually need to be constructed. The remainder would be made up of existing right of ways. The study does not give an estimated cost for the project, but notes that “Over the next 5-7 years, a minimum of $550,000 should be available for the purchase of property and easements and to use as leverage to secure grants and donations.”