Two Rivers Activity Center is looking for feedback on creating a permanent walk/bike path connecting a sidewalk from near Jamestown High School to a trail from the Jamestown Reservoir.
Feedback will be collected during a pop-up walk/bike path event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 7, starting at TRAC and ending at the Jamestown Reservoir trail on 19th Street Northeast.
For the event, a temporary path will be marked by delineator drums and tubular markers and speed reduction signage, and individuals will be serving as crossing guards, said Amy Walters, facility manager at TRAC. Currently, no path is present on N.D. Highway 20 between 13th Avenue and 19th Street Northeast.
The path will continue west down 19th Street Northeast past 7th Avenue Northeast until connecting with the reservoir trail. Walters said safety was a main focal point for the temporary path.
"That's what we're looking for input on, where do folks want to cross the road," Walters said. "What is going to make people feel the safest."
TRAC was awarded a $3,000 Community Challenge grant from AARP in July, which will cover the cost of the pop-up path. The cost of making the path permanent is unknown, Walters said, but if enough community feedback is provided, a separate grant will be applied for.
"When we write for funding to do the permanent (path), we can have all those safety considerations in place for that," Walters said.
Walters said TRAC would be applying for a grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation, which uses community feedback to grade applicants on the need for certain projects. Qualifying projects include pedestrian and bicycle paths for the Safe Routes to School Program, a federally-funded program for providing students with the option to walk or bike to school safely.
"You're scored higher in a grant request if you can demonstrate a community need and that you solicited feedback from community members," Walters said. "The goal is we just want as many community members to participate ... the goal is to get their feedback."
TRAC was approved for a permit from the North Dakota Department of Transportation on Aug. 16, a requirement for the pop-up path as NDDOT has control over N.D. Highway 20.
Participants will be given a survey before and after the event, answering questions about the safety and conditions of current paths in Jamestown as well as any thoughts on a new one. The results will be submitted with the grant request if a community need is demonstrated.
"In Jamestown, we have really great trails and paths, but our challenge is that they aren't always easy to get to," Walters said. "They're not connected. That's what we're trying to work toward.
"We have some really unique trails, but they're isolated," Walters said. "The fact that somebody has to load their bike into their car to get to one, or to drive to a path just to go for a walk ... how can we work to get them more connected? That's really what this intent is."
Searle Swedlund, executive director of Jamestown Tourism, said the project's feedback will help connect trails to the heart of the community.
"We are incredibly fortunate to have access to such great outdoor spaces," Swedlund said. "This project will provide feedback from the community on where to best invest dollars for connectivity."
The pop-up path event is free and does not require registration.