Atkins’ Larsen named to American Trails board of directors - August 7, 2012
Tampa, FL – Atkins, one of America’s top-ranked engineering and design consultancies, is pleased to announce that David Larsen, RLA, senior landscape architect, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors of American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization working to create and protect America’s network of interconnected trails. His two-year term began in July 2012.
American Trails is the largest trail organization in the United States and represents the interests of a wide variety of trail, park, transportation, and development interests.
Larsen says that American Trails is providing key leadership as America begins the transformation from a single-option transportation system to a multifaceted transportation network that offers enhanced mobility for everyone. The organization’s vision statement says, “American Trails envisions a network of diverse, high-quality trails for all people and a trail within 15 minutes of every home, school, and workplace.”
“I am honored by the opportunity to serve on the board and offer my skills and energy in support of American Trails’ mission,” says Larsen. “As we look to the future, there are opportunities to obtain greater connectivity through enhanced mobility nationwide. My focus on the board is to expand the message of enhanced mobility through trails.”
“Atkins is at the forefront in bicycle and pedestrian design, and our commitment to enhanced mobility is a strong asset in support of this vision,” adds Larsen.
Larsen’s work at Atkins has emphasized transportation facilities and trail design; and includes many iconic projects such as the Jupiter Riverwalk, the inaugural segment of Florida’s East Coast Greenway. Within Atkins, he has also provided significant leadership for the company’s greenways and trails initiative, promoting many of the key trails and enhanced mobility priorities that are crucial in his leadership with American Trails.
Larsen joined Atkins in 1984 and has 28 years of experience in trail planning and design, land planning, and landscape architecture for a diverse range of public and private clients. He holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Florida, is a registered landscape architect in Florida, and works from Atkins’ Orlando office.
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