Economic development and improved community health are the goals of the 2022 Georgia Outdoor Recreation and Trail Summit to be held at the Augusta Convention Center on May 15-16.
According to the Outdoor Industry Association, 58 percent of Georgians participate in outdoor activities. Georgia’s outdoor recreation generates $27.3 billion in consumer spending and creates 238,000 jobs.
The 2022 Summit will bring together nonprofit leaders, city planners, elected officials, greenspace advocates, recreation enthusiasts, and others to discuss new ways toward improving Georgia’s trails.
“Investing in outdoor recreation and trails is a key way for state and local governments to drive economic development, create healthier communities and provide equitable access to the outdoors,” said George Dusenbury, Georgia State Director for Trust for Public Land, sponsor of the event.
A goal of the Summit is to help local governments create the trail and outdoor recreation opportunities while advocating for greater statewide investment in these areas.
Summit participants will not only learn from experts, but will also take part in the larger discussion about how outdoor spaces can define communities across the state.
The summit will offer mobile workshops, including bike rides and kayak paddle tours, to showcase Augusta and neighboring communities that have imagined, planned, designed, and constructed some of the strongest trail networks in Georgia.
Keynote speakers will be Georgia State Senators, Sheikh Rahman and Bo Hatchett, leading advocates for outdoor recreation and chief proponents for creating a Georgia Office of the Outdoors; Andres Villegas, President of the Georgia Forestry Association; and Jennifer Clinton, senior parks and conservation economist at Trust for Public Land.
Among the organizations involved in the Summit are Georgia Outdoor Recreation Coalition, Atlanta Regional Commission, East Coast Greenway, Georgia Bikes, Georgia Municipal Association, Georgia River Network, and Georgia Trails Alliance.
For more information, visit gaoutdoors.org/georgia-outdoor recreation-trail-summit-3/.