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Haslam Awards $547,000 in Parks and Recreation Grants

Friday, May 18, 2012 | 09:19am
Five Additional Recreational Trails Program Grants Announced Today
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today awarded an additional $547,000 in grants for recreational trail projects across Tennessee. 
“These grants help local governments and organizations improve amenities such as trails, greenways and recreational facilities that contribute so much to a better community and quality of life,” Haslam said.  “The grants will help make Tennessee’s incredible natural beauty and outdoors more accessible to Tennesseans.”
The grants are through the Recreational Trails Program, a federally-funded program established to distribute funding for motorized, non-motorized and diverse recreation trail projects.  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. 
“We are excited to have this additional funding opportunity, which will assist these five communities in the development of a variety of new trails,” said Martineau. 
Funding for RTP grants is provided by the Federal Highway Administration through the federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible, 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. 
Grant recipients were selected through a scoring process with careful consideration given to the projects that met the selection criteria and expressed the greatest local recreation need.
To learn more about the RTP grant program and other recreation or conservation-based grant programs available in the future, please visit  For more information about the RTP grant program, contact Gerald Parish at (615) 532-0538 or  A complete list of the grants announced today follows: 
Name of the
Recipient Organization
Grant Amount
Brief Project Description
Town of Jellico
Develop a 10’ wide multi-use trail that will connect to an existing trail at the City Memorial Park.
City of Dyersburg
Construct a walking/biking trail with a parking area, and informational kiosks and benches along the trail. 
City of Clarksville
Connect Mary's Oak Trail Head and the 101st Pedestrian Bridge through Heritage Park.
Sumner    Robertson
City of White House
Restoration of the existing recreational trail with an asphaltic overlay, widening of the trail, new trail connections to an adjacent residential neighborhood and a pavilion, trail signage, and drainage improvements.
Town of Munford
Construct a 1/3 mile multi-use trail.

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