Great Shasta Rail Trail Design Workshop

Great Shasta Rail Trail Design Workshop

Lake Britton Bridge
The Great Shasta Rail Trail Design Workshop is looking for landscape architects to participate in the workshop.  The all-day workshop will take place in Sacramento at the AIA Gallery (1400 S Street, Suite 100) at 8 AM on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. The goals for the workshop are twofold: (1) focus on developing concept plans for two different types of trailheads for the Great Shasta Rail Trail (GSRT), and (2) generate ideas for the identity and image of the Rail Trail.

They are looking for up to 10 landscape architects to work with the Core Team members to provide “fresh eyes” and professional design expertise to these scenarios.  Skills that would benefit this particular project would be conceptual design, trail planning, public art and way-finding, engineering, and strong graphics.  The ASLA Sierra Chapter is co-hosting the Workshop.  Only four Landscape Architects have agreed to participate to date in the workshop, therefore the call is out for others LA’s. For more information or to sign up for the workshop, please visit their website.

Project Background: 

This railroad right-of-way spans over 80-miles through the forested mountains of northern California and is a significant property in the history of McCloud, Burney, and the surrounding area.  Established in the late 1800’s, the McCloud River Lumber Company owned the original railroad, as well as the original ‘company town’ of McCloud.  When the rails reached Burney in the early 1950’s, the town celebrated with a golden spike ceremony.  The completed GSRT will be similarly embraced and enjoyed by the surrounding communities, and visitors to the area, for generations to come.  The multi-use GSRT will benefit Siskiyou and Shasta counties and the rural communities of McCloud and Burney by stimulating tourism and recreation related commerce, increasing neighboring property values, and attracting new businesses.  Increased opportunities for outdoor exercise and recreation provided by the GSRT will improve the quality of life and offer health benefits for residents and tourists.  The GSRT will also connect with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, recreational facilities on adjacent national forest land, and will link to the trails around the McCloud River Falls and McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park.

Community contributions and generous grant funding from the McConnell Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, Burney Chamber of Commerce Donor Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, and Shasta County Public Health Department have provided crucial support to reach this exciting milestone.  Assistance provided by the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) are assisting in promoting community outreach and developing the trail design, construction, management and uses.

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