Best Practices: Corridor Management/Maintenance of Paved Recreational Trails

Bicyclists riding on a paved trail

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This workshop is offered only by agency request. Contact Natalie Niskanen at to learn more or request a session. 

About the Workshop

Maintaining the ever-growing miles of recreation trails within local agency jurisdictions is often difficult because of the increased demands on trail use and funding limitations. The timely maintenance of paved trail surfaces and their surroundings along a corridor is critical to maintaining a good trail system.

This workshop focuses primarily on the management and maintenance of trail pavement, but it also includes other elements such as vegetation, drainage, signing/striping, lighting, amenities, etc. The workshop guides attendees through the use of a trail maintenance schedule and checklist and provides information on various pavement issues and treatments. Participants will receive a maintenance schedule and checklist for a typical paved trail.

The workshop will:

  • Outline the importance of planning for trail corridor maintenance
  • Identify trail corridor maintenance activities
  • Provide insight about asset management for trails
  • Provide information and tools to city and county staff that will assist in educating decision makers on the importance of this issue

Who Should Attend

Managers, supervisors, and technicians responsible for recreational trail maintenance.

Topics Covered

  • Operational maintenance activities
  • Improvements/upgrades to existing trail systems
  • Trail pavement management
  • Asset management
  • How to build a trail maintenance schedule
  • Multi-use trail maintenance recap

Course Instructor

Stewart Crosby is a senior associate landscape architect with SRF Consulting Group. Mr. Crosby has over 17 years of experience in landscape architecture and urban design, with a focus on all facets of trail planning and design, including construction administration. His projects include master plans and construction administration for several regional trails and local and regional parks. Mr. Crosby is a licensed landscape architect and has a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.



This workshop is presented by Minnesota LTAP at the Center for Transportation StudiesUniversity of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This course is subsidized through funding from LRRB and FHWA.