In August of 2021, Dresdner Robin was awarded a contract with the Borough of Ringwood to complete work for an Environmental and Economic Sustainability Grant. The project aims to look at how people currently walk and bike through Ringwood and evaluate how existing and new trails, shared-use paths, bike lanes, and other infrastructure can help to encourage economic development and advance sustainability goals.
Dresdner Robin planning, landscape architecture, engineering and Geographic Information System (GIS) staff have been engaged with the project, conducting analysis and community outreach for the plan. The project team has conducted many key stakeholder interviews and launched a project website over the last six months to gather information on how community members travel through the borough. The online survey and interactive map also collected information from community members on where they often travel in the borough.
Earlier this month, project manager Eric Tuvel and landscape architect Mark Robison went out to the Ringwood community, to share results from the online outreach and facilitate additional interactive activities. The event ended with a walking tour of some of the existing trails that connect the shopping centers in the borough to some of the lake communities. Dresdner Robin enjoyed engaging further with members of the community, including Mayor Sean T. Noonan and council members, and looks forward to continuing to work on the plan to help more people walk and bike safely in Ringwood.