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1 <br /> ORANGE COUNTY <br /> BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br /> Meeting Date: June 2, 2020 <br /> Action Agenda <br /> Item No. 8-e <br /> SUBJECT: Resolution of Support — Triangle Trails Initiative <br /> DEPARTMENT: BOCC <br /> ATTACHMENT(S): INFORMATION CONTACT: <br /> Proposed Resolution Vice Chair Renee Price, 919-245-2130 <br /> Triangle Trails information Commissioner Mark Marcoplos, 919- <br /> 245-2130 <br /> PURPOSE: To adopt a resolution of support for the Triangle Trails Initiative, a new effort to <br /> plan for linked trails within the Triangle region coordinated by the East Coast Greenway <br /> Alliance, through a grant from the AJ Fletcher Foundation. <br /> BACKGROUND: In 2019, interested parties came together to form an effort to look at trail <br /> systems in the Triangle region and how they might be more inter-connected, From this, the <br /> Triangle Trails Initiative (TTI) was created and a planning effort identified, working under the <br /> auspices of the East Coast Greenway Alliance and a grant from the AJ Fletcher Foundation. <br /> The Initiative recommends linking trails and greenways together across a multi-county regional <br /> landscape, gaining cooperation of public and private sector interests that encourage <br /> collaboration, and creating a network that will eventually provide transportation, exercise, <br /> leisure, safety, accessibility, recreation, community and economic benefits for the region. The <br /> group's mission states that "Triangle Trails is a collaboration between government, business, <br /> institutions and civic leaders to make the Research Triangle Region a national leader in <br /> greenways and trails." <br /> To date, an advisory board has been formed, which includes BOCC Vice-Chair Renee Price as <br /> a member, and the group has completed Part 1 of Funding Strategy (matching funds for the AJ <br /> Fletcher Grant), and drafts of a work program and position description for a Program Manager <br /> have been prepared. A draft work program for the counties within the TTI has also been <br /> created. The group has reached out to the existing Triangle Greenways Council (Triangle J <br /> Council of Governments) about merging efforts. <br /> A resolution in support of this effort has been created and approved by several counties in the <br /> last few months, including Durham County, Johnston County, Harnett County, Vance County <br /> and Warren County. A similar draft resolution for the Board's consideration is attached. <br />