First Lady Jane Beshear announces recreational trails grants

By Chris Tevis - Email

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) First Lady Jane Beshear today announced more than $1 million in grants to local communities to develop and maintain recreational trails across Kentucky.

The more than $1 million in federal grant dollars will go to 25 applicants for hiking, biking, horseback riding and other types of trails as part of the Federal Highway Administration's Recreational Trails Program (RTP). The applicants include cities, counties and nonprofit groups.

The Recreational Trails Program is an assistance program 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 applicants match the amount of funds requested to receive a 50 percent reimbursement on approved projects.

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, bicycling, inline skating, equestrian use, off-road motorcycling and all-terrain vehicle riding.

Below is a list of local grants for 2010:

Applicant: City of Florence, Boone County

Project Title: Florence Park Trail Identification Project

RTP Grant: $10,185

Applicant: City of Covington, Kenton County

Project Title: Licking River Greenway, Phase 1

RTP Grant: $80,000

Applicant: City of Maysville, Mason County

Project Title: Founders Grove Trail

RTP Grant: $15,000