$1.6 million awarded in Tennessee Parks and Recreation grants
Over $1.6 million dollars in Recreational Trails Program grants were awarded to Tennessee cities Thursday by Gov. Bill Haslam and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.
"These grants assist local governments and organizations in improving community amenities such as trails, greenways and recreational facilities, making the outdoors more accessible to Tennesseans." Haslam said. "The health and wellness of our residents is a top priority and these amenities provide another step to make our state healthier."
The Recreational Trails Program is a federally-funded program to help fund diverse recreation trail projects.
Trails that received grants include:
- Grundy County Mountain Goat Trail Alliance $200,000 - To construct a multi-purpose, multi-modal recreational trail along the former Mountain Goat railroad bed.
- Cumberland County $30,000 - To expand and restore the secondary trail in the Obed River Park, create numerous river access points along the Obed River, upgrade the trailhead facilities to include many ADA and recycling opportunities for visitors and add fitness/obstacle amenities to the trail.
The funds are available to federal, state and local government agencies, as well as non-profit organizations that have obtained IRS 501 (c) (3) status and have a written trail management agreement with the agency that owns the property where the trail project is located.
Recreational Trails Program grants may be used for non-routine maintenance and restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation, trailside or trailhead facilities such as restrooms, kiosks and parking lots, construction of new trails and land acquisition for recreational trails or corridors.
"These awards will help fund some outstanding projects, including the development of new greenways and trails and more ADA-compliant facilities," Martineau said. "We are excited to be in a position to make a variety of recreational opportunities a reality for these communities."
Funding for RTP grants is provided by the Federal Highway Administration through the federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation administers this grant program for the state. The maximum federal share for each project is 80 percent, with RTP grant recipients providing a 20 percent match.