Volunteers needed for second round of Monon trail study

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Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation is seeking volunteers to assist with a 2017 trail study that will occur from June 5 to 11 along the Monon Greenway in Carmel. This is CCPR’s second round of participation in the trail study this year.

The survey will be conducted by the Eppley Institute through Indiana University. Its intention is to collect information regarding trail use, benefits and economic value and measure health factors as related to trail usage. This study follows up the 2001 Indiana Trails Study that provided valuable data to trail managers, advocates and the State of Indiana.

Volunteers are welcome to work along the trail individually or in pairs and will have a variety of two-hour shifts from which to choose. Weekday morning, mid-day and afternoon shifts are available. There will also be a short training session at a time and date to be determined. Registered volunteers will be notified when the training is scheduled.

“We’re excited to learn about our trail users and how they use the trails we have here in Carmel,” said Rachael Fleck, volunteer project coordinator. “Volunteers will help us a lot with the data collection in this groundbreaking study. It would be difficult to accomplish without them.”

Those interested in volunteering for this project should register online at carmelclayparks.com/volunteer. There will be a total of four, seven-day data collection periods. The first data collection period occurred in April, and two more collection periods will take place later this year in August and October. Trail counters will also be utilized along the nine trails to capture head counts. Data from the trail counters will be used to compare user patterns statewide.

For questions regarding volunteering with CCPR, please contact Fleck at rfleck@carmelclayparks.com.

*Source: CCPR

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