Layout Standards

The regular placement of nodes, furnishings and other trail elements are critical to the user experience and enjoyment of the greenways.

The table below describes the purpose of these elements and gives a recommended spacing that should be considered during the design of each segment of greenway. These spacing should be considered minimum standards and are based on input from greenway users.

TRAIL ELEMENT DESCRIPTION PLACEMENT
GATEWAYS Wayfinding and branding of the greenway experience At entrances to parks
At major intersections
At major trailheads

MAJOR TRAILHEAD Access point to greenway system
Full-service stop along the trail
Additional amenities
Parking (Greater than 20 vehicles)
Area to rest
Approximately every 4 miles

MINOR TRAILHEAD Access point to greenway
Parking (Less than 20 vehicles)
Area to rest
Approximately every 2 miles

BENCH Pause/ rest along the route Approximately 6 per mile (every 800’)

DRINKING FOUNTAIN Potable water for people, pets and a water hook-up for service needs All major and minor trailheads

BIKE PARKING Defined parking area for four or more bikes Defined parking area for four or more bikes

RESTROOM Located strategically along system due to high maintenance needs. Coordinated location with service access and parking. All major trailheads

BIKE REPAIR STATION Multi-tool bike stand as a trail amenity/ user service provided. All major trailheads
All minor trailheads

LITTER/ RECYCLING Placed at all points of entry to the system. Not intended for placement along trails. All trailheads
All gateways
At points of entry to system, where easily serviceable

PAVILIONS / SHELTERS Shade
Gathering places
Locations for events
Parks
Major trailheads

PET WASTE Placed at all points of entry to the system. Not intended for placement along trails. All trailheads

BOLLARDS To keep vehicular traffic off of trail
Use sparingly
As needed at interfaces with street network
Only where justification of need is provided for interface

ELECTRICAL OUTLETS/ SERVICE For events and maintenance
Security lighting
Building receptacles at restrooms
Multiple receptacles at medium and large pavilions
As needed for security lighting or cameras

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION AMENITIES Consider opportunities for water access, skateboarding, nature trails, etc. Where appropriate or needed