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Friday, June 14, 2024
9:00 am – 4:30 pm CDT


Presented by: Michael Meister and Don Tate, CFI, ADAC

Overview of Accessible Trails in the United States

  • Types of shared-use paths, walkways, and trails
  • ADA and ABA Standards for accessible design
  • Proposed Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG)
  • Initiatives and funding

Accommodating Users With Different Abilities

  • Users with mobility impairments
  • Users with sensory impairments
  • Users with cognitive impairments

Trail Design Guidelines

  • Grade, width and slope
  • Vertical clearance, changes in level
  • Grates, obstacles, and protrusions
  • Surface

Trail Design Considerations

  • Ramps and crossings
  • Trail amenities
  • Signage and warnings
  • Drainage and stormwater management

Planning and Constructing Accessible Trails

  • Identifying needs
  • Engaging stakeholders
  • Funding and incentives
  • Engaging the public

Case Studies of Projects Completed and In-Progress


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Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

AIA - American Institute of Architects
6.5 LU|HSW

Landscape Architects
6.5 HSW CE Hours

LACES - Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System
6.5 HSW PDHs

ICC - International Code Council
.65 CEUs (Accessibility)


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.5 PDHs for professional engineers, 6.5 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider License No: CEA362), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .65 CEUs in the specialty area of Accessibility (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format is not pre-approved by any licensing boards and may not qualify for the same credits; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

6.5 HSW LUs (AIA)


Michael D. Meister

Trails & Vistas Administrator for Tennessee State Parks

Born and raised in Tennessee, Mr. Meister has worked as a professional trail builder, naturalist, and land manager since 2013. He is currently the Trails & Vista Administrator for Tennessee State Parks where he oversees the maintenance and management of a 1,400-mile trail system spread across 57 state parks and 84 state natural areas. In this role. Mr. Meister is also responsible for the design, construction, and project management of all new trail development. Throughout his career his goal has been to create recreational experiences for everyone, regardless of their ability level. This has led to extensive experience in accessible trail design and construction efforts that have received national awards and recognition.

Don Tate, CFI, ADAC

Facilities Construction Director | ADA Coordinator with Bureau of Parks and Conservation at Tennessee State Parks

Mr. Tate is a distinguished professional currently holding the position of Facilities Construction Director and ADA Coordinator for Tennessee State Parks. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the planning, design, and construction of public improvement projects, ensuring that all 57 state parks comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). His expertise in project management and regulatory compliance is instrumental in enhancing the accessibility and safety of public facilities. With a degree in Business Administration from the University of the People, Mr. Tate has cultivated a diverse career spanning healthcare, wildland fire, and forest/resource management. His dedication to safety and compliance is underscored by his certifications as a certified ADA coordinator, a Tennessee certified fire inspector, NFPA fire inspector, and a life safety inspector certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Residing in Paris, TN, Mr. Tate is committed to serving his community and making a positive impact on public facilities and services.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Accessible Trail Design, Construction, and Operation

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course explores accessible trail design to accommodate users with a wide range of disabilities. The course begins by providing a foundational understanding of accessibility issues and regulations, including the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and PROWAG. Then the course provides strategies to accommodate users with different disabilities, discusses trail design guidelines and considerations, and provides guidance on the planning and construction of accessible trails.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify proper accommodations and trail design for users with mobility impairments, sensory impairments and cognitive impairments.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to adopt accessible trail design guidelines, including grade, width, slope, vertical clearance, changes in levels, grates, obstacles and protrusions.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to incorporate other accessible trail design considerations such as ramps, crossings, amenities, signage, warnings, drainage and stormwater management.

Learning Objective 4:
Learner will be able to plan and construct accessible trails by identifying needs, engaging stakeholders and the public, and determining incentives. Case studies of completed and in-progress projects will be discussed.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with accessibility issues

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 01/03/2026

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.