The event, sponsored by Regions Bank, was held at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
Elected officials, community leaders, and the public heard from Wendy Jackson
of the Freshwater Land Trust, Dr. Mark Wilson of the Jefferson County
Department, and representatives from Goodwyn Mills & Cawood. John
Cock, senior associate at ALTA Planning & Design, spoke about this plan
from a national perspective.
The Freshwater Land Trust, a member of the Health Action Partnership, received
input and community involvement from more than 3,000 people over the past 18
months and created a network of greenways, bike/pedestrian paths, and trails.
The public got a first-hand look at the completed plan and the next steps
The Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System was the winning name for the “Name Our
Greenway System” contest. The name will encompass the network of trails from
the Our One Mile Greenway Master plan and be used to connect Jefferson County.
“We are thrilled to unveil the greenway master plan and the new name, ‘Red Rock
Ridge and Valley Trail System’,” Wendy Jackson said. “This is the community’s plan
and we hope that we can all work together to accomplish this plan that will improve the
environmental, economic, and social well-being of our community while also promoting
The Our One Mile initiative is part of the Health Action Partnership’s efforts to reduce
the obesity rate in Jefferson County, which is more than 30 percent. Funded by
the Department of Health and Human Services, this plan gives Jefferson County
and unparalleled opportunity to connect its communities and improve residents’
health through easier access to safe routes for bicycling and walking. Greater
availability to these greenways not only makes our communities more enjoyable
to live in, but also helps increase property values, lower health care costs, attract
new business, reduce crime rates, provide tourism opportunities and improve the
For more information about the Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail System, please go to www.redrocktrail.org.