Successful trail systems involve collaboration...

These days, many communities are opting to have traill professionals plan, design, and construct their trail networks. The benefit of such an approach is that you have a good chance of getting a high quality, easy to maintain final product that takes into consideration issues like user conflict, liability, and other issues. There are unique challenges to working with professionals, namely around the processes and procedures needed to effectively manage a contract from start to finish. This involves writing a high quality Request for Proposals (RFP) or Request for Quotation (RFQ), negotiating and writing a contract, project management, and delivery of the final product. Due to the complexity of this process, it is recommended that for large projects with many moving parts the landowner or local government be responsible for project management duties of the contract. The articles listed below should give you a good understanding of the ins and outs of contracting for trail services, but if you are looking for support or have a particular question, don’t hesitate to send us an email at

  • Budgeting
  • Writing a good RFP/RFQ
  • Fixed Price, Lump Sum, Unit Price, Time and Materials
  • The Bid Schedule
  • Contract Time, Cost, Quality
  • Contract Specification and Measurement
  • Project Management
  • Setting Expectations with your Contractor