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Beyond the Legacy


May 2010

Undergraduate Students
Kline Bentsen, Joshua Berry, Patrick Dunham, Matt Fleece, Matt Huff, David Leever, Meaghan Mroz-Barrett, Gabriel Presley, Scott Qualmann, Jordan Sebastian, Michael Slagle, Isaac Waters

Project Statement
This project builds on the momentum established by the Legacy Trail (currently under construction) that sets the stage as a starting point for an interjurisdictional, multimodal, regional trail system encompassing over 1000 trail miles. The design team created a trail system proposal that integrates stakeholder vision, national design guidelines, and ideals established in case studies from around the nation in order to provide a service that demonstrates a landscape architectural process entitled Beyond the Legacy.

Project Narrative
The Beyond the Legacy project represents an opportunity to explore new levels of thinking about positioning a community to be at the forefront of the 21st Century in terms of landscape architectural design. Graphic, oral and written frameworks, as well as new technologies such as Google Earth, facilitated the communication of ideas developed through a rational design process to convince stakeholders that what they once perceived as not doable is actually possible.

The Bluegrass Region has a variety of values and meanings for its stakeholders. The landscape has been undergoing changes that have community implications for the quality of life in the short-term and long-term. The goal of this project was to utilize a process that is dependent upon active involvement by community members who want to participate, representing both private and public interests, to develop a proposal of what a regional trail system could be like 10 to 100 years from now.

The study region is presently gearing up for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, a sporting event that rivals soccer's World Cup in terms of attendance. At this time, it is expected that the Legacy Trail, a nine mile trail from the city's downtown to a state park and site of the upcoming sporting event, will be completed as planned. These are substantial milestones for the city, region, and state. The proposed project is intended to begin exploring and developing ideas for what happens once the Legacy Trail is completed and the international sporting event is over. Hence, the Beyond the Legacy trail system serves as a way of continuing that momentum and developing the blueprint for a first class trail system in the future.

Beginning with an inventory and analysis of the region, along with gathering information from the community at the first of three community meetings, the Beyond the Legacy design team used GIS technology to map out the existing trails and destinations in the region. These prospects would be utilized later in the design phase of the project as connections were made between important locations. The inventory and analysis stage proved to be a vital one as it not only began to lay out potential opportunities and constraints, but also provided an opening for community interaction between stakeholders as well as with the design team. This stage of the design process depended upon stakeholder involvement not only for factual information about the study region but also for project program development. Since the earliest design stages, stakeholders have been involved throughout the process and have taken on the mantle of project ownership now that the design team has completed their phase of the project. In total, this project involved over 75 stakeholders during the three public meetings as well as through dozens of direct engagement sessions in the studio and other venues.

The Beyond the Legacy project was created with the hopes of involving the community in the design of their potential future and raising awareness for environmentally friendly regional transportation and recreation. With the help of involved community members, the opportunity for implementation appears to be a realistic possibility. The president and chief executive officer of an important regional organization in addition to several public officials have stated that they intend to continue the Beyond the Legacy project through the development of a regional trail council. Toward this end, the design team has provided the community stakeholders with three PowerPoint presentations, a series of project brochures to facilitate efforts in building support, and an illustrated 11"x17" 200 page report detailing the entire design process which should enable the community to carry this project through implementation. Some of these resources are available through the links below and the full set of resources will be available soon.


• Full Report • Introduction • Section 1: Regional Scale
• Section 2: Landscape Trails • Section 3: Destination Oriented • Section 4: Specific Use Trails
• Section 5: Trail Standards

• Brochure Set • Site Plan • Regional Inventory
• Master Plan • Scenic Connections • Landscape Loop
• Winery & Distillery Loop • Destination Oriented • Commuter Trails
• Equestrian Trails • River Trail • Stream Corridor Trails
• History Trail • Standards & Access Points • Community Interaction
• Outcome

PowerPoint Presentations
• Presentation 1 • Presentation 2 • Presentation 3

Google Earth Documents
• KMZ File (right click and save)




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