Does anyone know of a trail system that uses irrigation ditches. We have several ditches in the community and want to use them as trails but need to figure out a way to approch the ditch companies. There major concerns regarding liability. Any help that you could provide would be appreciated.
communities, they work to convert old, unused railway beds to bicycle and walking trails. They also are conencted wit hgroups that work on greenways, hiking trails that connect over longer distances.
The Rails to Trails Conservancy http://www.railtrails.org/
They are accustomed to dealing with private landowners, including railroads, over issues like liability, property values, etc.
Happy trails, Gary (net.yogi.bear)
canals (that are open to runners, hikers, and bikers) along the dirt roads that border the canals.
We also have many more trails along and through the greenbelt washes than honeycomb the valley.
These go through parks, have water stations, public parking, and access rights. Some are administered by the cities (e.g., Scottsdale), but most are controlled by the water and power semi-public utility: The Salt River Project. Here are a few links: http://www.accessarizona.com/recreation/guides/indian_bend.html http://www.papagosalado.org/about.asp http://www.endersmedia.com/mb-frys.html http://www.fcd.maricopa.gov/Projects/BethanyHome/September2000/
Growing up in the Klamath Basin area of Southern Oregon, we used to enjoy running ( Phys Ed, jr. high) along the canal banks. That was until someone complained and the school decided the liability too great...Wow that brings back good memories of great times...Worth the effort, for sure!