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Mill Mountain Trails Plan 2021 Amendment

The purpose of this amendment to the 2005 Mill Mountain Trails Plan is to provide an update that documents progress of the last 15 years, identifies future opportunities, considers neighborhood and trail users' input, and provides management guidance on meeting natural resource and facility needs.

In March 2019, a task force of staff, park users, and stakeholders was formed to assess the 2005 trails plan, the current community needs, and the feasibility of these changes. Click below to see read more about the task force members and its goals.

Gathering Community Input

The task force was thorough in its plan to gather input from community members and stakeholders with the following actions:

  1. An online input form available from May 2019 to March 2020
  2. Meeting with Southeast Action Forum, Riverland-Walnut Hills, and South Roanoke neighborhood groups, providing a powerpoint presentation and maps on which to write comments and suggestions
  3. An open, public meeting at the Discovery Center with the same format as the neighborhood meetings.
  4. Briefings to the Mill Mountain Advisory Board at its bi-monthly meetings from Parks and Recreation staff.
  5. On 11 occasions, Task Force members randomly stood at trailheads and interviewed users with a survey asking what they liked about the current trail system and what improvements they would like to see.
  6. Resource and Subject Matter Experts from Transportation Division, Western Virginia Water Authority, Roanoke Parks and Recreation (specifically Urban Forestry), Stormwater Division and National Park Service had an opportunity to give input on the plan at a meeting on December 16, 2019.

The Process

Click the button below to view the current Mill Mountain Trails Map

Maintenance Priorities and Improvements

In addition to new trails, community stakeholders recognized the importance of properly maintaining the current trails and amenities on Mill Mountain. Click the button below to read the list of proposed maintenance priorities.

New Trail and Corridor Assessment Findings

Based on the feedback, teams of two to three Task Force members put boots on the ground and examined the feasibility of ALL lines proposed through public input. In some cases, circumstances did not allow the proposal to move forward. Proposed lines that were rejected have unsafe road crossings, are located off of City-managed land, or are in an area of hillside grade of over 50 percent. Others had some restrictions, but those corridors were altered to accommodate connections and topography in the area.

Please take a moment to look these over. At the end of this presentation, there is an opportunity to leave any feedback based on the Task Force's findings and/or proposed actions.

Above is the proposed new trail and corridor map based on the feedback and feasibility of all recommendations. Click here to open a larger image of the file. The map and corresponding chart (click below to view) outline a summary of recommendations for new trails and neighborhood connections from the Task Force. All proposed new corridors were assessed on site by a group of at least two Task Force Members and/or Subject Matter Experts.

Feedback

Thank you for taking the time to look over this presentation. We hope we have answered any questions about the process and how the Task Force came to the above conclusions. If you feel there was something the Task Force missed or have any questions or concerns, please let us know by clicking the button below and filling out the form.