In 2011, communities in the Park identified through their Community Action Plans the desire to develop local paths. As these aspirations also met our National Park aims, a framework was developed in 2012 called Paths in the Park.
Paths in the Park recognised that some Paths Groups lacked the funds, capacity and skills to develop their path ambitions. Therefore our Community Development and Access & Recreation Teams worked together to support communities to access funding, commission feasibility studies, construct and maintain paths.
Support from a variety of funders such as Sustrans, Tactran (Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership), and ourselves, has led to large-scale, multi-use construction projects in and around Drymen and St Fillans, with feasibility studies in Kilmaronock, Strathyre and Lochgoilhead.
Training in path construction, maintenance, promotion and biodiversity issues was coordinated by the Community Partnership and delivered by the charity, Paths for All.
In 2016, Paths in the Park will consolidate the work to date and review the capacity, skills and funding needed to enable communities to continue to develop and maintain their path networks within the national Active Travel agenda.
The project is supported by Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Paths for All, The Community Partnership and a significant amount of in kind time from communities.