Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 2, 2013

County awarded $40,000 grant for trail expansion


Staffwriter

CROSSVILLE — Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill presented a $40,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant to Cumberland County Friday to expand and restore the secondary trail in the Obed River Park.

“This recreational grant will allow for trail upgrades, and will promote the health and wellness of citizens with the addition of fitness and obstacle amenities,” Hill said. “I would like to commend Cumberland County for their work in obtaining this grant.”

Last Monday, the Cumberland County Commission approved resolution 09-2013-17 — a resolution to accept the RTP grant. The funds require a 20 percent match by the county, which will be met by in-kind labor donations.

The resolution was unanimously approved after a motion to accept was made by Dave Hassler, 3rd District commissioner. Hassler's motion was supported by Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner.

The RTP grant will enable Cumberland County to expand and restore the secondary trail in the Obed River Park, creating numerous river access points along the Obed River, upgrade the trailhead facilities to include many ADA and recycling opportunities for visitors and add fitness/obstacle amenities to the trail.

The Recreational Trails Program is a federally-funded program established to distribute funding for diverse recreation trail projects. The funds are available to federal, state and local government agencies, as well as non-profit organizations under certain conditions.

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.

Funding for RTP grants is provided by the Federal Highway Administration through the federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible and 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 are selected through a scoring process with careful consideration given to the projects that met the selection criteria and expressed the greatest local recreation need.