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Greenway experts emphasize importance of grassroots engagement

Greenway experts emphasize importance of grassroots engagement

Imagine there was a paved trail for walking and biking between downtown Charlottesville and Monticello, or a trail from Crozet to the University of Virginia.

Would people use them? What benefits might they provide? Who would oppose them? Whose property would they be built on?

Local planners and environmental organizations are initiating a conversation to take years of greenway and trail ideas from plans to reality.

“We have done a lot of planning in this community … and none of them are necessarily bad, but they are not all well integrated, and they don’t identify the low-hanging fruit,” said Rex Linville, of the Piedmont Environmental Council. “They are also not plans that are steeped in community support.”

Using a $180,000 grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, the PEC and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission are convening community members in an approach they believe will yield results.

At an event Wedn