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Livingston County, KY 1 of 17 to receive trail project grant money

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Gov. Steve Beshear announced on Wednesday, Dec. 3 that nearly $1.1 million in 2014 Recreational Trail Program grants to develop and maintain 17 trail projects throughout Kentucky.

Some of that money, $25,330 of it, will go to Livingston County for phase 3 of their trail project.

"Improving Kentucky's trails is important to developing our state's overall adventure tourism efforts," said Gov. Beshear. "This funding helps our communities to not only open new trail projects, but to also improve on existing ones that will help infuse tourism dollars into local economies and improve residents' overall quality of life."

RTP grants may be used to provide assistance for acquisition of easements; development and/or maintenance of recreational trails; and trailhead facilities for both motorized and non-motorized use.

Examples of trail uses include hiking, cycling, inline skating, equestrian use, off-road motorcycling and all-terrain vehicle riding.

Other grant recipients for 2014 include:

  • $100,000 - Campbell County AJ Jolly Trailside Enhancement Project
  • $31,588 - Casey County Central Kentucky Ag Expo Recreational Trail
  • $15,000 - Clinton County Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park Horse Trail Improvements
  • $34,655 - Hardin County Elizabethtown Greenspace 2014 Trail Improvements
  • $100,000 - Harlan County Veteran's Memorial Trail Project
  • $100,000 - Hopkins County Mahr Park Trail Project
  • $100,000 - Hopkins County Barnsley Landfill ATV Trail Project
  • $57,500 - Jackson County McKee/Big Turtle Trails and Trailhead Project
  • $52,714 - Jefferson County Wetherby Park Upgrades
  • $100,000 - Kenton County Licking River Greenway (Phase 2 and 3)
  • $100,000 - Leslie County River Front Park Walking Trail
  • $50,200 - Mason County MCTC Fitness Trail
  • $25,000 - McCreary County Buffalo Canyon Bridge and Sheltowee Trace Reconstruction Project
  • $67,700 - Muhlenberg County Central City Lu-Ray Park Trail Project
  • $100,000 - Shelby County Clear Creek Greenway (FY 2014)
  • $38,500 - Taylor County Tebbs Bend Nature Area (Phase 2)
The RTP is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration, and Kentucky's RTP is administered by the Department for Local Government.

It requires that non-motorized trail applicants match the amount of money requested to receive a 50 percent reimbursement on approved projects, and that motorized trail applicants match the amount of money requested to receive an 80 percent reimbursement.

Those eligible to apply include city and county governments and state and federal agencies.

For more information on Kentucky recreational trails and other adventure tourism efforts in the state, you can click here.

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