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to spend days working with the crews
and benefiting from the instruction
and hands-on experience.
The park district also reached out to
CAMBA for help and used the building
process to construct a positive relationship with the club. A team effort and
successful partnership emerged. After
SCA completed their work, Cleveland
Metroparks staff and CAMBA volunteers worked together closely to finish
the trail in just nine months, with 15 to
40 volunteers showing up at every trail
work day. CAMBA members assisted
with the trail design, flagging, building, and finish work, totaling more than
1,870 hours of volunteer labor. They are
currently working with staff to assist
with ongoing trail maintenance.
The cycling community's support

for the Royalview project demonstrated a strong untapped passion for trails.
Based on the Royalview experience, a
full-scale trail outreach program is being launched in 2013 for cyclists, runners, equestrians, and hikers called
" Trails United. " This effort aims to
raise awareness, money, volunteers,
and support for trails. Royalview was
the laboratory that developed this community model.
Cleveland Metroparks Royalview
Trail boasts nine miles of high-quality
single track that opened in June 2012.
Mountain bikers, runners, and hikers
enjoy the network in great numbers.
The project provided a strong health
and wellness opportunity in a busy and
heavily populated county, but it also
created a model for natural resource

assessment of trails, staff training, and
growing volunteer participation. Cleveland Metroparks will use this model for
trail projects in the future.
Sustainable trails, health and wellness, and active recreation are now
much more prominent components
in agency conversations and planning. Cleveland Metroparks successfully navigated the tricky politics of
strong support and strong opposition,
both internally and externally, through
the carefully executed and inclusive
Royalview project. This bold move provided much-needed trail access for the
region while helping foster a culture
shift within the agency.
Nancy Desmond, CPRP, is Chief of Special
Projects with Cleveland Metroparks, (nd@
clevelandmetroparks.com).

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