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Hornbeak awarded $40K grant

Hornbeak awarded $40K grant

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 10:53 am

Hornbeak has been awarded a $40,000 parks and recreation grant.
The grant is included in more than $1.9 million in Recreational Trail Program grants awarded to recipients across Tennessee, according to an announcement from Gov. Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke.
In Obion County, the town of Hornbeak will receive the $40,000 in funds to widen the existing trail at Hornbeak City Park from five to six feet, in addition to paving the existing parking area.
“These grants help local governments and organizations enhance or expand community assets like trails, greenways and recreational facilities,” Bredesen said. “I’m extremely pleased this year’s grant awards will allow us to help 29 community projects become a reality across Tennessee.”
The Recreational Trails Program is 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.
“These awards will help fund some very exciting projects,” Fyke said. “From the development of new greenways and trails to more ADA-compliant facilities — these projects will make a variety of recreational opportunities accessible to Tennesseans.”
Funding for RTP grants is provided by the Federal Highway Administration through the federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act. The Department of Environment and Conservation administers this grant program for the state of Tennessee. The maximum federal share for each project is 80 percent, with RTP grant recipients providing a 20 percent match.
“I’m pleased these grants will help improve the quality of our trails and greenways in Obion County and across the state,” state Sen. Roy Herron said.
“These projects help make the great outdoors even more accessible for all to enjoy,” state Rep. Judy Barker added.
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.
Published in The Messenger 6.1.10

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