Natchez Adams “Bike Your Parks Master Concept Plan”, through the assistance of the NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

Natchez Adams “Bike Your Parks Master Concept Plan”, through the assistance of the NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

Bike Your Parks & Schools Project

In 2017, Community Alliance applied to the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program for technical assistance to plan bike routes and trails in Natchez-Adams County.

Through a series of conference calls, two site visits, and a community input meeting, a Concept Plan was developed.

The proposal links all National Park Service sites in Adams County (Natchez National Historical Park and the Natchez Trace Parkway) with downtown Natchez. In doing so, it builds connectivity with multiple Natchez neighborhoods and several schools. Evidence shows that access and proximity to trails increases physical activity, especially when part of a coordinated approach with programming, such as Safe Routes to School.

Through its connection with the Natchez Trace, the Concept Plan also links with US Bike Route 23 and north to the TransAmerican Bike Route 76.

This is just the beginning! Much careful planning, community participation, and design work is needed to ensure inclusivity, safety, and maintenance. The Concept Plan proposes next steps in the planning process. Let us know your thoughts and ideas for moving ahead: communityalliancenac@gmail.com