Central Ohio Greenways 
Strategic Plan

Central Ohio is nationally known for its beautiful, ecologically diverse rivers and streams. Central Ohio Greenways (COG) was formed in 2005 with the mission to develop a world-class trail system focused on three main objectives: advocating for a connected network of trails among local jurisdictions; promoting and coordinating trail development in the region; and creating a cohesive branding system for the region. The Greenways system is a 126-mile network of trails throughout Columbus, Franklin County and the six surrounding counties. In late 2015, the COG Board set out to develop a strategic action plan that positions them to make advancements in four areas: trail development, education and programming, partnerships, and marketing. Planning NEXT facilitated the strategic planning effort.

Nationwide analysis

An in-depth analysis of the current state of trail and greenway networks across the country was completed. This work coincided with monthly COG Board working sessions to develop a set of goals, conversation talking points and actions for each of the four working teams.

The Vision and Strategic Plan

A new vision statement was created for that reflects the importance of greenways in the region by providing health and wellness, promoting conservation, increasing economic development, and offering a viable transportation option to residents.

Vision… “A world-class network of trails easily accessible to every central Ohioan.”

Mission… “To increase greenway trail mileages and use of trails for recreational and transportational needs.”

The final plan includes five goals and 53 specific actions. These actions are prioritized by the four working teams into short-term and long-term categories. The prioritization focuses the COG Board’s efforts and resources for the next five years.

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Project Type: strategic plan
Community Type: seven county region
Client: Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)
Services: visioning, meeting facilitation, best practices research, strategic planning