Part of the 2022 Thinking Globally Acting Locally Speaker Series, presented by the Wood River Land Trust and The Community Library.
The Wood River Valley is an outdoors mecca – with world class mountain biking, amazing skiing, and miles of phenomenal trails to run, it’s hard to imagine that there are residents who live here who can’t take advantage of all this Valley has to offer. But, according to census data, there are approximately 2,200 people living in Blaine County with a disability that prevents them from using traditional outdoor infrastructure. This is also the only protected class that anyone can enter at any time – often in the blink of an eye.
In this talk, Keith Christensen, Department Head for the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State University, will discuss the intersection of smart growth planning and designing an inclusive Wood River Valley. As the Wood River Valley continues to grow, age, and expand, understanding where to plan for universally accessible spaces is a critical part of the planning process. Following Keith Christensen’s talk, Wood River Land Trust’s Community Lands Steward, Hannah Meenach, will discuss specific examples of where to find inclusive trails on the Wood River Land Trust’s Preserves, and will open up the discussion to the community and audience members.
Register at www.comlib.org to attend in person. Proof of Vaccination and a Mask are required for all attendees.
The event will also stream on Vimeo and be available to watch live or later: https://vimeo.com/668319575