In 2014, MORPC, along with the cities of Columbus, Hilliard, New Albany, Westerville, and Canal Winchester, and Franklin County Metro Parks, Ohio Parks and Recreation Association, and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, hired the University of Minnesota to conduct an Impacts of Trails Study for Central Ohio.

The study was finalized in June 2015 and focused on five main tasks: trail usage, trail user profiles, community and business leader feedback, property value analyses along trails, and cost analyses. A steering committee made up of the above mentioned communities and organizations advised the project. 

The Impacts of Trails study may likely be the first of its kind in the nation to analyze an entire regional trail system, not just individual trails, and to holistically look at the various components that impact and could be impacted by trail development. The study results are now being shared with local governments, businesses, parks and recreation departments, residents, and advocacy groups to create a common understanding of the impacts and actual usage of the Central Ohio Greenways trail network.

Below you will find links to the project deliverables, which include the full report, executive summary, technical memoranda, and fact sheets.

For more information, contact Amanda McEldowney at 614.233.4112.