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Summer 2004 issue of NRT NEWS

Also available as a pdf file (244 kb) with photos and graphics in Adobe Acrobat format.


Recognize your trail's volunteers and supporters: The National Trails Awards program provides recognition for the people and organizations who are working for our trails and greenways. One award will be given for each state in these two categories:

Trail Advocacy Award: For efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance.

Trail Worker Award: For commitment and efforts of a private or public sector individual in working for enhanced trail recreation in their local area or state.

Nominate an outstanding person or group by August 13, 2004.

Photo contest for NRTs is underway again in 2004: American Trails is again sponsoring a contest for photos of National Recreation Trails across the country. We will provide awards in several categories and show off all entries on the NRT website. The deadline is December 31, 2004. More...

New NRTs announced by U. S. Secretary of Interior: Secretary of the Interior Gale A. Norton used National Trails Day (June 5) to launch the "America's Public Lands Get Fit with US" initiative. Norton also announced the designation of 27 new recreation trails in 15 states, as part of the National Recreation Trails System. Get Fit with US is designed to promote a healthy lifestyle alliance among public health and recreation groups. Read Secretary Norton's remarks on trails and health and see details of the new NRT designations for 2004...

photo of metal abstract sculpture
Sculpture along Portland's Willamette River Greenway

Artful Ways: supporting art and artists on NRTs, by Charles Tracy, National Park Service: Art is one of the best ways to strengthen the connection between people and trails. Across America and elsewhere, artists are employing a remarkably wide range of creative strategies to support all phases of trail activities, from design and development to stewardship and interpretation. In particular, art can be an effective tool for telling a trail's story compellingly and memorably.

Over the past few months, American Trails and the National Park Service have explored ways to support the creation of art on National Recreation Trails. Two specific initiatives are underway. First, working with art administrators and public art consultants from across the country, we have designed a survey to help us understand the current state of the art on trails in the US. The survey will document what kind of art can be found on trails today, how it was produced and funded, and benefits to trail managers and the trail community.

The survey will be launched nationally in August to trail managers by email and will also be available on the American Trails website. The survey findings will be presented at the upcoming National Trails Symposium, and will inform the design of our second initiative— a new program to fund art on National Recreation Trails. We have approached the National Endowment for the Arts for initial funding support and are developing an agreement with them. We will have more details about this program at the Symposium.

Spectacular new bridge opens on California NRT:

The City of Redding held a "First Crossing" celebration to officially open the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay Exploration Park on July 4, 2004. The bridge is a link in the Sacramento River Trail and Sacramento River Rail Trail, designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2002. The festivities included a gala fundraiser, Native American bridge blessing ceremony, an exhibition of paintings of the Sundial Bridge by local artists., and the first viewing of "Angle of Inspiration," a documentary film chronicling the construction of the Sundial Bridge. On July 4 the opening ceremonies featured live music, a display by the Travis Air Force color guard, and a flag procession led by American Trails with over a hundred participants.

The Sundial Bridge crosses the Sacramento River in the heart of Redding, California. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the bridge links the north and south campuses of Turtle Bay and serves as a new downtown entrance for Redding's extensive Sacramento River Trail system. The 700-foot cable-stayed structure features an inclined, 217-foot pylon. The steel, glass and granite span evokes a sense of weightlessness and the translucent, non-skid decking provides for spectacular viewing at night. Plazas are situated at both ends of the bridge for public use; the north-side plaza stretches to the water so visitors can sit at the river's edge.

The McConnell Foundation of Redding funded the majority of the bridge's $23-million cost. World renowned Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava conceived the Sundial Bridge's unusual design. Other notable works by Calatrava include the new PATH transportation terminal at the World Trade Center site in New York City and several projects at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, including the main stadium where the opening and closing ceremonies will be held. Sponsors of the First Crossing events included the Mercy Medical Center, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Redding Bank of Commerce, US Bank, and Pepsi.

For more information and photos of the new bridge visit

New book on NRTs will highlight diversity of trails: American Trails is proud to be working with the authors of what will be a beautiful celebration of National Recreation Trails nationwide. Photographer Charles Gurche and author Kai Huschke will highlight the voices of 75 of the trails in Trailing America: Our National Recreation Trails. More...

National Trails Symposium Oct. 21-24, 2004 in Austin: Looking for the best opportunity in 2004 to network with the nationwide trails community? Then join American Trails, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, City of Austin, Texas Trails Network, and a host of other supporters for the 17th National Trails Symposium, to be held in Austin, Texas, October 21-24.

Programs will feature state-of-the-art trail and greenway technologies, trends, and new initiatives. Expand your contacts with other advocates, land managers, planners, and trail builders. Learn about successful partnerships among agencies, nonprofits, businesses, and individuals. For the latest information visit and click on "National Trails Symposium." For more information on the 17th National Trails Symposium, see

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The Catwalk National Recreation Trail in New Mexico

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