In 2013, LEES+Associates led an inter-disciplinary team in a route options analysis and detailed design for the Sheep Paddocks Trail between Mundy Creek and Pitt River Road in Colony Farm Regional Park. Despite its popularity, the existing trail had been closed due to erosion and sinkholes resulting in impassable, unsafe conditions. Consequently, the new trail required the design team to address a variety of issues including: public safety for pedestrians and cyclists, user experience, environmental protection, sustainability, and long-term operations and maintenance.
Working closely with AquaTerra Consulting Ltd., an environmental assessment was undertaken to determine sensitivities along five proposed trail alignments, and to identify potential impacts due to trail construction. Stakeholder groups were involved as part of an open house process which helped inform the choice between river and inland routes.
Trail qualities such as the user experience while riding/running/walking, and the interaction of the trail with environmental features such as unique trees, vistas, or special natural elements were also considered throughout the design