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21 Ky. recreational trail projects get $1.13 million in grants

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2012 ) – Twenty-one Kentucky projects will get more than $1.13 million in Recreational Trail Program (RTP) grants to develop and maintain trails throughout Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear’s Office announced today.

In August, Beshear pledged  support for the RTP by signing a letter to U.S. Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood, reaffirming Kentucky’s commitment to utilize RTP funds. Prior to the passage of the Federal Public Transportation Act of 2012, the program was in jeopardy of losing congressional funding.

“Recreational trails help spur economic development, increase property values and aid in land conservation throughout our state,” said Gov. Beshear. “RTP grants have been a valuable resource to our communities, and I am pleased we can continue to fund worthwhile trail projects in Kentucky.”

The 2012 Kentucky RTP funding will go to 21 recipients in communities across the state.

RTP grants may be used to provide assistance for acquisition of easements; development and/or maintenance of recreational trails; and trailhead facilities for both motorized and non-motorized use.  Examples of trail uses include hiking, cycling, inline skating, equestrian use, off-road motorcycling and all-terrain vehicle riding.

Since 2008, First Lady Jane Beshear has been a leader in enhancing and promoting Adventure Tourism across the state and has joined the Governor in being a strong supporter for the RTP.

“We are fortunate to live in a state filled with unique, natural resources and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and tourism ventures,” said Mrs. Beshear. “The RTP funding helps Kentucky towns and counties develop their recreational projects so they can offer top-quality tourism destinations and promote healthy, active lifestyles in their own communities.”

The RTP is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  Kentucky’s RTP is administered by the Department for Local Government and requires that non-motorized trail applicants match the amount of funds requested to receive a 50 percent reimbursement on approved projects.  Those eligible to apply are city and county governments and state and federal agencies.

The 2012 RTP grant recipients include:

Bracken County Fiscal Court

Bracken County Industrial Recreational Trail Project, $75,000, Bracken County

City of Olive Hill

Rail Trail Rehab and Trailhead Restroom Facility, $25,000, Carter County

City of Winchester

Rolling Hills Trails, $33,000,  Clark County

Daviess County Fiscal Court

Horse Fork Creek Park Trail & Greenbelt, $93,000, Daviess County

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

Brighton Rail Trail Phase 4, $66,868, Fayette County

Fleming County Fiscal Court

Park Lake Mountain Nature Preserve Trail Phase III, $5,800, Fleming County

City of Frankfort

Cove Spring Connectivity, $33,000, Franklin County

City of Caneyville

Caneyville Recreational Park Trail, $38,000, Grayson County

Harrison County Fiscal Court

Flat Run Veterans Park Fishing Pond Walking Trail, $42,500, Harrison County

City of Nortonville

Nortonville Recreational Trails Project, $25,000, Hopkins County

City of Dawson Springs

Dawson Springs Park to Park, $52,670, Hopkins County

City of Woodland Hills

Woodland Hills Recreational Trail Park Project, $100,000, Jefferson County

McCreary County Fiscal Court

2012 Little Rock Creek System Development, $100,000, McCreary County

City of Jeffersonville

Jeffersonville Community Park Trail Resurfacing Project, $16,650, Montgomery County

Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court

Muhlenberg County Rail Trail, $80,000, Muhlenberg County

City of Brodhead

L&N 21/22 Line Trail, $100,000, Rockcastle County

U.S Forest Service

Cumberland Ranger District Trails, $100,000, Rowan County

City of Sadieville

Sadieville Trailhead/Trail Stop Project, $29,350, Scott

KY Department of Parks

Taylorsville Lake State Park Wet Weather Horse Trail, $25,000, Spencer County

City of Trenton

City of Trenton Walking Trail Project, $50,000, Todd County

City of Providence

Providence Recreational Trail Phase II, $40,000, Webster County

For more info on Kentucky recreational trails and other adventure tourism efforts in the state, please visithttp://www.kentuckytourism.com/outdoor_adventure/great_outdoors.aspx.