WHAT: The 2006 Partnership for the National Trails System Historic Trails Workshop
WHEN: Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7, 2006
WHO: You, Other Leaders & Staff of Your Organization, Federal Trail Staff
WHERE: Kansas City, Missouri's Quarterage Hotel of Westport
Please mark your calendar and make plans to join the Partnership for the National Trails System as it holds a workshop on historic trails next May in Kansas City, Missouri. The workshop will take place at the Quarterage Hotel, located in Kansas City's historic Westport neighborhood. Westport Road, located right in front of the hotel, was once the Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trail, while Lewis & Clark traveled a few miles to the north and Alexander Majors, one of the founders of the Pony Express, lived a few miles south. Today, Westport is Kansas City's main entertainment neighborhood, boasting of dozens of restaurants featuring international faire, sidewalk cafes, nightclubs and numerous historic sites.
The workshop will cover diverse topics such as how to use various funds provided through SAFETEA-LU (the newly authorized five-year Federal transportation program), an impending partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, in-depth discussions on the new 10-year plan recently announced by the Bureau of Land Management, an introduction to tools and strategies for protecting historic trail resources on private and public lands, utilizing the National Park Service's Challenge Cost-Share Program and numerous other topics that will be announced in the very new future. Online registration or downloadable registration forms will be provided in the coming weeks.
We plan to get underway with workshop sessions on Friday morning at 8:30 A.M., followed at 1 P.M. with an on-the-ground look at various trail projects in the Kansas City area. The tour will take us to sites where we will learn about various methods of interpretation, resource protection, working with recreational trail builders in historic settings, working with government agencies at all levels, and developing projects with other not-for-profit groups and neighborhood coalitions. This will not be a "leisurely scenic tour," but rather an in-depth look at on-the-ground examples of items that will be discussed in much more detail during the workshop sessions. We will look at these projects with a critical eye in an effort to learn how to replicate them in our home areas and learn how we might take these "lessons learned" to jump-start our own projects. Saturday will be spent in various workshops, where we will learn how to use the multiple tools at our disposal to create projects for each of our trails. Finally, we will conclude the workshop early in the afternoon on Sunday after spending another morning in various workshops that will continue building upon the lessons of the previous day.
For hotel reservations, please call (800) 942-4233; or, you can make your reservation online at http://www.quarteragehotel.com/. Please refer to group code "PNTS" when making your reservation to get the discounted $89/night rate. The hotel features a two-hour cocktail reception every evening at 5 p.m., wi-fi in the lobby, high-speed DSL in each room, free passes to Gold's Gym (located one block east) and a free, full hot breakfast buffet. A limited number of smoking rooms are available. Additional rooms are available across the street at the Holiday Inn Express Kansas City - Westport Plaza. Room rates there are slightly higher; to reach the Holiday Inn call (816) 931-1000 or visit http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/ex/1/en/hd/mkcwp.
To get to the Quarterage Hotel, you can ride the KCI Shuttle from the airport. The shuttle departs approximately every half-hour between the hours of 4:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. For trips departing after 6:30 p.m., you will have to call ahead with your itinerary to arrange for your pickup. You will need to make a reservation ahead of time by either visiting http://www.kctg.com/kcishuttle/hotels.html or calling (800) 243-6383. Currently, the shuttle costs $17 one-way or $29 round-trip.
Other options include taxi service (which can cost as much as $40-$50 each way) or rental car. The hotel does offer free off-street parking. A map of the neighborhood, located about 25 minutes south of the airport, is attached below.
We look forward to seeing you this May in Kansas City!