Four Recreational Trail Projects to Begin

December 5, 2014

~Projects develop new community recreational trails~

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Recreational Trails Program executed four contracts in four counties for the development and renovation of trails. After being awarded competitive-grant funds during the 2013 and 2014 submission cycle, these four projects can now begin.

The Recreational Trails Program provides competitive-grant funds to local communities to renovate, develop or maintain recreational trails and trailside facilities. Contract agreements are for two years, with two one-year extensions permitted pursuant to the recreational trails program administrative rule.

“Without the grant funds provided through the Recreational Trails Program, some of these community projects might not exist,” said Rick Mercer, director of DEP’s Office of Operations.  “We are happy that the contracts are now in place and the work to develop and renovate these recreational trails can begin.”

The four contracts executed by the Recreational Trails Program are as follows.

  • The village of Palmetto Bay – Funding will be used for the renovation of the west restroom and 2,000 linear feet of 6 to 8 feet wide, multi-use asphalt trail and related facilities.
  • The city of Rockledge – Funding will be utilized for the construction of 12,513 linear feet of 12-foot wide, stone multi-use trail, with a bridge and related facilities.
  • The city of Chiefland – Funding will be utilized for the construction of 1,200 linear feet of 12-foot wide, porous asphalt trail and related facilities.
  • The Foundation of Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce – Funding will be used for the construction of 1,705 linear feet of 8-foot wide multi-use trail, 16 benches, signage and related facilities.

The Recreational Trails Program is a federally funded assistance program of the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. A portion of the grant awards must be matched by the grantee. In Florida, the competitive-grant program is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Land and Recreation Grants section within the Office of Operations.

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