The Valparaiso Pathways and Greenways System will require both maintenance and management policy for its usage and operation. The city should establish maintenance policy and guidelines that would define responsibility and be used in the overall system.
Generally, the trail segment in the parks and open spaces will be the responsibility of the Parks Department (or jointly with the Utility Department, where applicable). Segments where the trails are within street rights of way will be part of the maintenance responsibilities of the Public Works Department.
The Public Works Department's regular maintenance responsibilities include:
Assuring that there is positive drainage off of and away from the trail segment
Documenting regular inspection to limit risk and liability
Inspecting and replacing bicycle and pedestrian routes and roadway signs
Repairing cracks and holes in bicycle and pedestrian routes surface
Removing dead or dangerous tree limbs and regular pruning of vegetation along the bicycle and pedestrian routes
Removing snow and ice
Sweeping routes to remove loose gravel, sand, garbage, leaves, etc.
The city may wish to consider promoting an adopt-a-trail program where the adjacent property owners or businesses would become partners with the city in the maintenance of trail segments.