System Standards

Projected Trail Growth
The total mileage of the Valparaiso Pathways and Greenways Master Plan represents the forecasted build-out of the city. This plan should be viewed as the Green Infrastructure Master Plan.

The use of standards should be established and applied to Valparaiso's pathways and greenways. Such standards can be used as a gauge in maintaining the Valparaiso pathways and greenways implementation, keeping pace with community growth. The table below indicates what the Valparaiso Pathways and Greenways Master Plan proposed mileage would mean to standards as applied to various population scenarios.

Populations
Miles/1,000
Miles/1,000
Miles/1,000
2000 Census: 27,428 4.81
1.91
2.89
Estimated 2005: 29,000 4.54
1.81
2.47

Applied Standards: Using the standard of two miles of trail / pathway per 1,000 persons and by applying the total system's length (131.8 miles), the calculated population served by this standard (and the forecasted master plan mileage) is 65,900 persons (possible build-out population).