Van Meter State Park among recipients of recreation trail grants
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has selected three trail projects in northern Missouri to receive funding through the federal Recreational Trails Program, according to a DNR news release.
Van Meter State Park in Saline County is among recipients.
The Recreational Trails Program is a federally funded grant program for trail-related land acquisition, development or restoration.
In Missouri, Recreational Trails Program funds are administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration.
"All across Missouri, trails not only provide recreational and educational opportunities, they also are major outdoor attractions that strengthen communities and enhance the local economy," Gov. Jay Nixon said. "These grants, and the trails they will help build, represent solid partnerships between the state and the community organizations to benefit better physical and emotional health, smarter minds and stronger economies."
The grant recipients in northern Missouri were among 32 projects selected based on recommendations from the Missouri Trails Advisory Board, which represents diverse trail interest groups.
At least a 20 percent match is required by the applicant.
A funding requirement targets 30 percent of the funding for motorized trails, 30 percent for non-motorized trails and 40 percent for diversified trail use.
"Many of these trails provide a way to explore scenic parts of Missouri as well as provide opportunities for healthy recreation, which supports Governor Nixon's initiative to Get Outdoors," said Bill Bryan, director of the department's Division of State Parks. "On behalf of Gov. Nixon and the Department of Natural Resources, we are proud to be a part of this effort."
Following is a list of Recreational Trails Program grant recipients, trail projects and their grant amounts.
Van Meter State Park was awarded $16,664 for the Oumessourit Wetland Boardwalk addition.