Trails Master Plan

City Trails Master Plan Update

Background

The City’s Trails Master Plan was originally approved in 2002.  The City Council adopted the policy plan and trail map, which have been used to guide the City’s Capital Improvement Program, grant applications and several revisions to City standards.  An interim update occurred in 2008 when The Bowie Heritage Trail system was endorsed by the City Council. Given the number of years that have passed since the last update, and the ongoing emphasis on Food and Wellness activities in the City’s 2016 Sustainability Plan, updating the Trails Master Plan is needed. In addition, the City’s Green Team Executive Committee has formed a Multi-modal Subgroup which is currently examining the City’s trail and pedestrian networks for deficiencies and making recommendations for improvements. 

Bowie's Trails

In 2017, City staff completed an update of the public trail system inventory. 

The map below shows major City and County parkland and the public trail network consisting of the following types of trails:  

  1. Shared Road
  2. Multi-Use Trail in Park
  3. Multi-Use Trail
  4. Sidepath

Map of Public Trail System in Bowie

Bowie Sustainability Plan

Two of the goals of the 2016 Sustainability Plan are to increase the City’s Walk Score from 25 to 50 and to encourage more walking and biking trips.  A related strategy is to expand existing trails for biking, hiking and family walks into a safe interconnected network. Updating the City Trails Master Plan presents an opportunity to address the current issues and needs of pedestrians and users of the trail system.

Trails Plan Update Process

In November 2018, the firm of Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects, P.C., of Alexandria, Virginia was hired to prepare an update to the City’s Trails Master Plan.  Lardner/Klein specializes in the planning, design and management of public landscapes, including greenways, trails, complete streets, parks, historic places and neighborhoods.  The firm has developed master plans for Whitemarsh Park and Allen Pond Park in the City, as well as one for nearby Watkins Regional Park operated by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 

The project will be completed by June 30, 2019 and you input will be a critical factor in this process. A community survey and other outreach activities, two public workshops, and several public presentations are planned.