The Recreation and Connectivity Task Force has been exploring the desire for a trails network in Smithville. This group sees the current and potential trails network as a key part of the future ‘value proposition’ of Smithville as a community. Task force survey results also include:
“How should the trails network in Smithville develop, and what are the critical sections that should be completed in the next few years?”
- There is desire for an ambitious trails program, with 60% of Taskforce wanting a full connected internal system within next 5 years, and the balance within 5-10 years.
- In terms of the design, 53% of task force wanted Smithville to be thinking very Bold – ‘think big and out of the box – create something unique’
- 56% want complete separation of trails from road network; with 44% wanting ‘Complete Streets’ approach (which is protected integrated bike and pedestrian lanes)
- Most people saw the trails mainly for recreation, with walking / running and biking; and connected to main community nodes of lake, downtown and schools.