Issue Background

Trails are typically publicly‐held improvements providing opportunities for passive and active recreation. They may range from paved corridors to dirt paths in a natural setting, and they provide important open space that would otherwise disappear as development occurs within the City. They are an important measure of quality of life within the community and contribute to the overall well‐being of the citizens by providing places to recreate. The Cedar City general plan contains a trails element that is distinct from parks and recreation issues because the level of development pressure in the area warrants focused goals.

Cedar City is a beautiful, four-season community that is located near a number of natural amenities that lend themselves to well to trails (i.e. foothills and river corridors). The City is also home to a number of built amenities, attractions, and activity centers that could support the use of trail connections.

In 2017, the City adopted a master plan that suggests a more complete system of parks, recreation, and trails. In the process of developing that plan, the community expressed a strong opinion that trail improvements were one of the most important investments they wanted the City to make. 

Emerging Issues

Potential Goals and Investments

  1. (from previous plan) Plan and budget for future open space needs, parks, trails, and recreational components to promote and encourage a healthy citizenry through the proper maintenance and the enhancement of all recreational amenities in the City.
  2. Develop active transportation options work walking and biking that connect trail systems throughout the community for residents and students, and also market the trail amenities to tourist visitors.