Some of the challenges that will need to be addressed in the realization of a Merritt Parkway Trail are:

  • Cost (includes design, purchase of additional property if needed, and construction)
  • Maintenance of trail surface, vegetation, and other elements
  • Multiple watercourses and wetlands that would need to be crossed and required permitting
  • Maintaining the existing character of neighborhoods along the corridor
  • Preserving the setting of the existing historic landscape
  • Meeting the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Preserving the integrity of bridge architecture
  • Providing safe crossings at intersecting roads - Accommodating parking and other services for visitors
  • Ensuring the safety of all users and accommodating emergency response access

This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list and additional challenges are expected to be brought up during the public involvement process.