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American Trails Introduces the Developer Award Program

First ever developer awards are given at the 19th National Trails Symposium

Little Rock, Arkansas, November 17, 2008: The first ever American Trails Developer Awards were given to three American communities during the National Trails Awards Ceremony this evening at the 19th National Trails Symposium. American Trails has developed this comprehensive national award program to recognize quality, well designed multi-use trails systems that are integrated into private developments. The program is the only one of its kind in the nation.

The American Trails Developer Award program award was established by American Trails because of the important role of developers as partners in providing access to trails from the doorsteps of American homes. Trails are increasingly popular within planned developments. In surveys conducted by the National Association of Homebuilders, trails are the number one community amenity desired by prospective homebuyers.

The following communities were selected from across the nation to serve as fitting models for excellence in trails within a private development:

Lakewood Ranch by Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc.

Located in Southwest Florida, Lakewood Ranch includes a master planned trails system with over 100 miles of paved and nature trails. The trails system within this 8,500 acre development will ultimately connect into the public trails system via a regional trail corridor. Trails are cited as a top amenity in the community. This award will be added to Lakewood Ranch’s distinction as the largest green community in Florida. For more information on this development visit

Summerlin by Howard Hughes Corporation, General Growth Properties

Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, Summerlin is a 22,500 acre planned community accommodating 95,000 residents. The development includes over 150 miles of trails within its comprehensive trails network. Summerlin’s extensive system of trails connects into the public trails network and includes a significant regional trail corridor running through the community. Eighty nine percent of residents cite Summerlin’s walking trails as the most important community amenity. For more information on this development visit

Woodlands Edge by Rocket Properties, LLC

Located in Little Rock, Arkansas, Woodlands Edge is an 800 acre community that will include up to 10 miles of trails. Green space encompasses over one third of the total community acreage. Once the development is complete, residents will have walking and biking access to restaurants, business offices, retail areas, and four adjacent developments. The community’s conservation design has earned it recognition from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Arbor Day Foundation and the Arkansas Urban Forestry Council. For more information on this development visit

See details and photos of all the 2008 National Trails Awards winners

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