Opening Day of Trails
Time & Location
About the Event
TMACC and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is taking quite seriously the dynamic situation with COVID-19.
Fundamental to RTC’s mission is the idea that creating a nationwide network of trails will build healthier places for healthier people. It is in that spirit that we have decided to postpone all Opening Day for Trails events.
Despite the uncertainty about what will come next for COVID-19, one message has been quite clear: social distancing is the primary way to prevent the spread of the virus. It is our responsibility as global citizens and as leaders in our field to do our part in keeping one another healthy. We cannot encourage people to gather in groups at this time, regardless of whether or not those events are outdoors.
As we all do our best to keep our communities healthy and safe in the midst of this outbreak, the trails movement will have an important role to play. Unless public health sources advise otherwise in the future, local trails may increasingly be counted on as places where people can continue to be physically active and find respite from the monotony of social distancing. In some places, trails may become critically important transportation routes. We hope to have the chance to celebrate the role of trails in building resilient communities this spring, and will share updates as we have them.
Please know that we will be following the public health situation closely in our effort to decide if and when rescheduling Opening Day events makes sense, or if having a more simulated celebration on April 18 is appropriate. We do hope that there is an opportunity to celebrate trails on this day and we will share updates as soon as we have them. You can also monitor railstotrails.org/openingday and @railstotrails on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.
While we hope that you will decide to follow public health guidance and social distancing practices, we understand that you have put your own time and resources into planning these community events and the decision is entirely yours. Please know, however, that, at this time, April events will not be affiliated with Opening Day for Trails and that RTC will not be participating in any in-person events associated with Opening Day.