Trail Route Proposals

Neighborhood Connector Trail
Is the trail route you are proposing that is less than 1/2 mile long? Does it connect a specific location (a school, a park, a neighborhood) to a trail already in the Durham Trails and Greenways System? If yes, then you’re proposing a new Neighborhood Connector Trail.

If the trail route exists on public right-of-way, the route may already be approved by a policy statement of the Durham Trails and Greenways Master Plan (Section II-13). If no public right-of-way exists, then you will need to go to the New Trail section of this proposal that deals with an entirely new trail route.

Proposal Presentation Information

You may present your proposal to the Durham Open Space and Trails Commission’s Trails Committee to talk about opportunities for assistance in creating your proposed trail and conditions for maintenance and management. The Trails Committee typically meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Conference Room B on the Ground Floor of City Hall.

Existing Right-of-Way
Is the trail route you are proposing mostly in a roadway right-of-way? Is it made up of some combination of sidewalks and bike lanes? If yes, then you should take your proposal to the Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) to determine if it might be more feasible as a part of a city/county bicycle plan route or a city/county pedestrian plan route.

The BPAC typically meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Committee Room on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Questions regarding your proposal should be directed to Alison Carpenter, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, at 919-560-4366, ext. 284.

New Trail Route
If your proposed trail route is neither a Neighborhood Connector Trail nor an Existing Right-of-Way route, please answer the following questions and include a map with your New Trail Route Proposal Form.
  • Describe the trail route. What are its endpoints and what alignment does it follow?
  • How will the public access the trail? Does it connect to some other public space(s) (such as a road, a school, a park, or another trail)?
  • Describe the natural features of the trail route. Does it cross any areas that are normally wet? Does it require a bridge? Does it include any areas of steep slopes? Is it forested?
  • How many property owners will be affected by the proposed new trail route? Have you contacted any of those landowners about the idea of a trail?
  • Describe the potential user group of the trail. What areas would the trail serve? Which neighborhoods or groups do you anticipate would benefit from the trail? What destinations does it connect?
Submit this information to:
Durham Parks and Recreation Department
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, NC 27701.

The Durham Open Space and Trails Commission will decide based on the information you have submitted whether or not to recommend this trail to the City Council and the Board of Commissioners as an addition to the Durham Trails and Greenways Master Plan.

For information, email Rosetta Radtke or call 919-560-4355 ext. 27208.