National Parks program to aid Winchester BPAC

Published 1:49 pm Monday, October 24, 2016

The Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) in Winchester has been selected to receive assistance from the National Park Service. 

The National Park Service will extend its technical resources and planning prowess to help BPAC achieve its goals for conservation and outdoor recreation. 

 The National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program will help BPAC further develop strategies to improve access, services and connections to parks, trails, the Kentucky River and other amenities.

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In September, the Winchester-Clark County Active Transportation Plan was formally adopted by the Winchester Board of Commissioners and the Clark County Fiscal Court. The Active Transportation Plan is the BPAC’s comprehensive guide to improving active transportation programs.

“BPAC, has already held public meetings and collected survey data to create goals to guide walk-bike efforts,” Stephen Berry, BPAC interim president, said. “Our goals focus on accessibility, usability, sustainability and health and wellness to improve the quality of life in Clark County.”

“The Park Service network of expert community planners and landscape architects will be a valuable resource for our committee.”

BPAC is one of 11 groups in the southeast selected by the National Park Service to receive assistance, which began this month and extends through September 2017.

Planning meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. BPAC’s next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.