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MetroGreen A proposed 1,440 mile interconnected system of public and private open space, greenways and trails MetroGreen Designed to link to seven counties in the Kansas City metropolitan region Plan History Original plan by George Kessler Designed in 1894

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A proposed 1,440 mile interconnected system of public and private open space, greenways and trails


Designed to link to seven counties in the Kansas City metropolitan region

plan history
Plan History

Original plan by George Kessler

Designed in 1894

Studied with Fredrick Law Olmsted

System of parks and boulevards

“City Beautiful” movement

metrogreen vision
MetroGreen Vision

Plan revised in 1991

ASLA Prairie Gateway Chapter

Enlarged Kessler’s concepts

System of trails, open space and parklands

metrogreen 2001
MetroGreen 2001

MARC expanded the plan

Greenways, trails and open space

Environmental stewardship

Urban growth management

Future development strategy

regional system

Johnson County

Leavenworth County

Wyandotte County


Cass County

Clay County

Jackson County

Platte County

Regional System
simple concept
Simple Concept

“Hubs and Spokes” system

Hubs of community destination points

Spokes of stream corridors, abandoned rails and landscaped parkways










Sensitive Habitat


or Center City




Shopping Center







Hub: County

Or State Park

multi dimensional benefits
Multi-Dimensional Benefits


Health, Safety

and Welfare


Water Quality and Environmental Education

transportation benefits
Transportation Benefits

Environmentally friendly transportation choices

Unique experiences not possible by automobile

Alternative for commuting to the places we live work and play

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Transportation Benefits

Local Example

Indian Creek Greenway provides connectivity among neighborhoods, Cooperate Woods Business Park, shopping centers and public parks

health benefits
Health Benefits

Recreational Opportunities

Encourage physical activity

Mental relaxation

Connect people to nature

safety and welfare benefits
Safety and Welfare Benefits

Safe off-street access to places

Increase the visibility in an area (proven method to prevent crime and increase public security)

water quality benefits
Water Quality Benefits

Prevent flood damage

Prevent development in floodplains

Maintain infiltration capacity of the soil

Maintain overbank storage

Maintain roughness

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Water Quality Benefits

Maintain/improve water quality

Remove pollutants in urban stormwater

Reduce sediment entering the stream

Maintain baseflow in streams

Provide tree canopy to shade streams and promote desirable aquatic organisms

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Water Quality Benefits

Provide Streambank Stability

Prevent erosion by maintaining vegetative cover and root systems

Maintain natural hydrology

Allow for natural channel migration

Reduce municipal costs for maintenance and repairs

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Water Quality Benefits

Provide Habitats

Maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the water resources

Contribute the organic matter that is a source of food and energy for the aquatic ecosystem

Provide corridors for wildlife

environmental educational benefits
Environmental Educational Benefits

Outdoor classrooms

Stream Teams

Individual discovery

economic benefits
Economic Benefits

Business development

Attracting an innovative, highly educated work force to our region

Compete with other urban communities who have an extensive trail system used by residents and visitors

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Economic Benefits

Lower costs for stormwater management

Combined public utility with public recreation and transportation amenity

Increased awareness of the importance of our river levee system

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Economic Benefits

Increased property value

$10,000 or more in Virginia (Tippett et al., 1999)

Values of homes increase as far as 3 blocks from the greenway (Vince Graham, ION Development)

Property values are 32% higher for locations adjacent to a greenbelt buffer in Boulder, CO. (Correll et al., 1978)

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Economic Benefits

Increased Tourism

Creating tourism attractions like Missouri’s Katy Trail

Cost $6 million to construct the 200-mile trail

Generated over $6 million of travel and tourism expenditures in first full-year of operation

preserving corridors
Identify priority corridors

Natural resource value

Public support

Outline action steps

Conserve natural areas

Sustain progress of plan

Preserving Corridors
current system
Current System

85 corridors

308 trail miles

100,000 acres protected stream corridors