Accessible Trails are OK: Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department

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Recently the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department (OTRD) announced grant recipients for the 2010 Recreational Trails Program (RTP). This year the department awarded more than $1 million to communities across the state. "The Trails Program gives communities the opportunity to build or enhance recreational trails for their residents to enjoy the outdoors," said Hardy Watkins, Executive Director of OTRD.

 

The RTP provides for a Federal-aid assistance program to states for provision and maintenance of recreational trails for motorized and non-motorized use. The money for the projects is provided by federal transportation funds. In Oklahoma, the program is managed by OTRD.

 

Source:
http://cfc.ktul.com/printstory.cfm?id=750740

The program guidelines require the funds be used for recreational trails and trails-related projects. Specific uses include: trail maintenance and restoration, land acquisition, construction of new trails, trail access for persons with disabilities, and development of trail-head and trail-side facilities...

"The trail projects complementour mission of providing new and improved tourism destinations, an enhanced quality of life, and encouragement of healthy lifestyles for our residents and visitors," Watkins said.

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